Water Activities

There's No "Next" Kelly Slater

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 Best Travel Plans Go Unwritten

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 Merits of Finding Your Favorite Place

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...

No, Those Planes Aren't Destroying Our Rivers

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...

Bounty Report: Captain, Owners At Fault

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

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...

Perfect Things: Snorkel Your Favorite Fishing Hole

Like many fools, Abe Streep spends a lot of time and too much money trying to feel the pull of fish. But he recently learned that you can have just as much fun on the water without hooks.

The Planet's 8 Best Paddling Spots

Pro kayaker and filmmaker Rush Sturges, has dipped a paddle all over the globe. Here, he picks for the 8 most amazing places to kayak on earth.