Water Activities

The Worst Offenders

As of May 2014, more than 100 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life. Here are just a few cases.

This All-Female Sailing Team Is Rocking the Boat

Only the world's best sailors compete in the nine-month, 38,739-nautical-mile Volvo Ocean Race. The stakes are high—three people died in the inaugural 1973 event, and casualties have piled on...

Slater's Not Going Anywhere

On Monday, August 25, fans of professional surfing witnessed an epochal moment in the career of the sport’s all-time great, Kelly Slater. In the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the 11-time world...

The Challenge of Not Knowing

Two risk-inclined families set off on a three-day excursion up the Rio São Francisco. Traveling minimally, they took the plunge of canoeing home—hoping to make it back before dark.

The Same River Twice

Just as with parenting, when you're in the thick of rafting, it can be difficult to identify small changes in a river you think you know well. It might seem like the same river on the surface, but...

Those Planes Aren't the Problem

On the afternoon on July 3, a train paralleling Montana’s Clark Fork River derailed, sending payloads of soybeans, denatured alcohol (not for drinking, this is the stuff used in fuel), and Boeing...

What Sunk the Bounty

A year and a half after the famous ship went down during Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Coast Guard releases its official report into the sinking of the tall ship Bounty.

Raised on Adventure

For champion kayaker Brad Ludden, being outdoors has always been a way of life

5 Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tips

Jenny Kalmbach, 35, winner of the Battle of the Paddle and the Molokai 2 Oahu, on training and racing technique

Learning to Surf Without Feeling

For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik...

The Wildest Water Meets The World's Best Kayakers

The third edition of the two-week long competition has drawn 30 or so of the world’s best all-around kayakers to Eastern Canada for a six-stage competition at the peak of the spring runoff, when...

Canoeing Off the Grid in Maine

Our family of four was on Day Five of our eight-day wilderness canoe trip from the headwaters of the St. John River in northwestern Maine down to its confluence with the Allagash. My husband, Peter,...

Tiny Dude, Giant Wave

At five in the morning, there’s water in the streets of Nazaré. Dark and swirled with sand, it comes racing across the wide beach and into the town square, wetting the shoes of late-night revelers...