North & Central America

King Kauai

The Big Island has size on its side, not to mention fun volcanoes. Oahu has the storied North Shore. And Maui—well, let's just say that the honeymooners storming its beaches year after year don...

Sick Puppies

In May 2007, Steven Kotler and his wife, Joy Nicholson, moved from Los Angeles to Chimayo, New Mexico, to open a dog-rescue operation that they named Rancho de Chihuahua.

Swells Angels

IT WAS BECAUSE OF ANTHONY, a Brooklyn sage in designer sunglasses, that I got hung up on the sport we'll call urban jet skiing. But before we get into that, let me back up a few...

36. Get Bent

When the North Shore's Waimea Bay breaks, usually only a few times each winter, surfers head to its outer reef, where waves can reach more than 20 feet. Which leaves the crushing beach break free...

10. Catch a Steelhead on a Spey Rod

Spey casting, a two-handed Old World technique devised to catch ill-tempered salmon, is not just for the aesthetics. Steelhead are basically bulldozers with scales; they demand heavy equipment....

5. Become a Bush Pilot

It's easier to pull off than it should be. Says Dan Rice, who flew for Alaska's Homer Air Service for a summer: "You just have to be persistent and a little lucky. I didn't know anyone or take an...

2. Self-Guide the Grand Canyon

It's like winning the lottery—literally. While anyone can drop $5,000 to sign up for a commercial raft trip down these 277 miles of the legendary Colorado River, running your own requires a Park...

49. Climb the Grand Teton

You'll breathe hard. You'll be scared. It'll take two days. That's the appeal: This iconic, 13,770-foot fang of granite is tough and technical--but still a reasonable goal, even if you're a rock...

Cold Call: Sebastian Steudtner

OUTSIDE: How does a German even get into surfing?STEUDTNER: In 2001, I came to Hawaii on a student-exchange program, and while there my friend introduced me to a...

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