Water Activities

The Mysterious Disappearance of Natalia Molchanova

Last September, dressed in a shimmering golden wetsuit, Natalia Molchanova was submerged up to her shoulders in the Mediterranean, two miles off shore of Sardinia, Italy. Her eyes were closed as...

The PTSD River Cure

So an Irish American, a Mexican American, an African American, an Asian American, and an Irish-Ukranian-Filipino American walk into a bar. Actually, it’s a breakfast bar. It’s zero...

Stand-up Paddleboarding 101

The first time I ever took a stand-up paddleboard on the open water was eight years ago in Clearwater, Florida. The idea was to paddle a quick mile from the coast to the white sand...

Kayaking 101: Getting In and Setting Out

My first major kayak fail occurred during a summer trip in Northern Wisconsin. I figured I didn’t need any sort of instruction before heading out on Big Round Lake—I grew...

Kayaking’s Wildest Competition

In Early May, Quebec’s Mistassini River is still full of ice. Muscled up with spring runoff and stained almost black by tannins from tundra far to the north, the eddies are swirling, acre...

An Illustrated Guide to Ben Lecomte's Nightmares

This spring, 47-year-old Frenchman Ben Lecomte will step into the Pacific Ocean in Japan and, over the next five months, attempt to become the first swimmer to cover the 5,500 miles to...

The Worst Offenders

Of the 108 people on USA Swimming’s list of individuals banned from the sport, at least 90 were banned for sexual misconduct. Of those, more than 50 have been arrested, charged, or...

The Challenge of Not Knowing

“This is why our families work so well together. I don’t know how many moms would be so cool about seeing their kids go off on motorcycles—in Brazil!” exclaimed Martha...

The Same River Twice

Every family has a favorite place. One of ours is the Rio Chama, a 31-mile stretch of wilderness...

Those Planes Aren't the Problem

By now, you've likely seen the photos. On the afternoon of July 3, a train paralleling Montana’s Clark Fork River derailed at Atherton Gorge, sending payloads of soybeans, denatured...

5 Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tips

GET SITUATED: First, always keep your eyes on the horizon. Most people look at their feet when they stand-up, but that can throw you off balance. And this may seem totally...

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