James Nestor

James Nestor


The Freedivers Who Eavesdrop on Whales

It's not easy to swim with sperm whales: they're hard to find, hard to reach without adequate diving experience, and they just might swallow you up if you get too close. But how else are we going to crack their complicated language system? A group of rogue freedivers takes the plunge.

James Nestor
Jun 23, 2014

In 1950, a young Australian mining engineer named Ben Carlin set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe, by land and sea, in a single vehicle. In Half-Safe, the latest story from The Atavist, James Nestor sets out to uncover Carlin's fate and fin

James Nestor
Dec 21, 2012

JAMES NESTOR takes a freediving lesson

James Nestor
Jan 31, 2012

Open Your Mouth and You're Dead

The freediving world championships occur at the outer limits of competitive risk. ­During the 2011 event, held off the coast of Greece, more than 130 athletes assembled to swim hundreds of feet straight down on a single breath—without (they hoped) ­passing out, freaking out, or drowning. Meet the amazingly fit, unquestionably brave, and possibly crazy people who line up for the ultimate plunge.

James Nestor
Jan 25, 2012

The Year of Giving Adventurously

You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.

Kate Siber, The Editors, James Nestor, Scott Carney, William Wheeler, Michael McRae, Tracy Ross, and Alex Heard
Nov 1, 2011

A look at the outermost limits of human performance, from the fastest marathon and longest swim to smokingest fastball and deepest freedive.

Cole Louison, Grayson Schaffer, Whitney Spivey , James Nestor, Kyle Dickman, and Abe Streep
Apr 15, 2011

Norway is home to some big, beautiful waves, but there's a catch: They're above the Arctic Circle. To test the chilly waters, Outside sent a crack expedition team whose members came back with ice-cream headaches, cod on their breath, and incredible tales of adventure on surfing's coolest frontier.

James Nestor
Jan 5, 2010

Restrictions on personal watercraft threaten California's baddest wave

James Nestor
Mar 23, 2007