Water Activities

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...

Surfing Your Way to Better Parenting

My son and I tucked our surfboards under our arms and jumped off the last wooden beach stair. It was the first morning of our trip to a secluded point break in Mexico, a country I’d been...

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...

How Surfing's Happiest Champ Returned to Center

Aussie phenom from a small beach town dominates the junior surfing circuit in her home country, qualifies for the ASP World Tour at age 18, cruises to the title her rookie year, then captures...

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...

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,

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...

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