Daniel Duane

Daniel Duane

Daniel Duane has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Review, California Sunday Magazine, GQ, and many other publications. He is the author six books, including the surfing memoir Caught Inside. Duane won a 2012 National Magazine Award for an article about cooking with Chef Thomas Keller, and a 2017 IACP award for Narrative Food Writing for a profile of Harold McGee. He has twice been a finalist for a James Beard Award. Duane lives in San Francisco with his wife, the writer Elizabeth Weil, and their two daughters.  

Published

How Do You Become the Gnarliest Daredevil on Earth?

BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he's embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind.

Daniel Duane
Nov 18, 2020

Yosemite Climbing Pioneer Jim Bridwell Dies

Wearing wild paisley shirts and bell-bottomed pants, smoking cigarettes and posing with rebellious insouciance, Bridwell and his partners created an utterly new image of the rock climber as anti-establishment biker-hippy-hardass, while sending routes harder and more terrifying than anything done before

Daniel Duane
Feb 20, 2018

The Encyclopedia of Surfing Is in Peril

In an age of scattershot attention spans, Matt Warshaw’s opus remains a calming oasis. But if he can't raise $30,000 soon, it will disappear.

Daniel Duane
Dec 7, 2017

Daniel Duane on Giving His Daughter a Yosemite Education

When Daniel Duane was a kid, his father taught him how to climb in Yosemite. Two decades later, when his teenage daughter wanted a valley education of her own, he realized that the old beta no longer applied.

Daniel Duane
Aug 22, 2017

One dad's quest for an undiscovered surf spot turns up perfect waves, crazy wildlife, and just the right kid-friendly vibe on Costa Rica's wild Osa Peninsula

Daniel Duane
Aug 14, 2006

So it's a vast, faraway adventure mecca,no worries, mate! Here come ten abso-bloody-lutely awesome Australian odysseys—from Sydney to the bush—plus locals' picks and all the beta you need to get there.

Hal Espen, Tony Perrottet, Laurel Miller, Adam Skolnick, Daniel Duane, and Stephanie Pearson
Nov 1, 2005

Let the Bad Times Roll

Adventure, big and small, is all about risk. The risk that things may go terribly wrong. That danger will finally cut off your credit and hit you with a hefty bill. That luck will flee the scene as the dark tide rises. In the tales of calamity that follow, our 13 unlucky writers hold forth on their personal odysseys into the land of nightmares.

Peter Stark, Jane Smiley, Jon Lee Anderson, Ken Collins, Bucky McMahon, Skip Horner, Michael Perry, Wells Tower, Michael Behar, Ben Ryder Howe, Daniel Duane, Ace Kvale, Joe Glickman, Mark Levine, and Jason Stevenson
Oct 1, 2005

Three months of pure freedom. You're loving it—and we are, too. From big water to big walls, from oyster stands to dune shacks, fifty-one sunny ways to dive in when the mercury rises.

Daniel Duane, H. Thayer Walker, Bill Vaughn, Amy Marr, Granville Greene, Sally Schumaier, Grant Davis, Catharine Livingston, Rory Evans, Eric Hansen, Randy Wayne White, and Grayson Schaffer
Jun 1, 2005

No one denies that our 50th state is Paradise, USA. But anyone who's ever been to this lush chain knows a simple truth: Not all the islands are created equal. So which is best? Welcome to the Great Hawaiian Island-Off. Read on, and pick your perfection.

Amy Linn, Kent Black, Ethan Watters, Joe Kane, Alex Heard, and Daniel Duane
Mar 1, 2005

Life Is a Spa: The Canyon Ranch

Sally Schumaier, Ki Bassett, Megan Miller, Daniel Duane, Florence Williams, Grant Davis, and Josh Dean
Jan 1, 2005