Get wet. Go long. Have fun.

(Mi Ola)

Mi Ola X Back Bikini Top and Cya Full Double-String Bottom 

With a crossback design on top and grippy waistband elastic below, this bikini stays put even when you tumble on a wave. 

Price $95 and $85

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(Mountain Hardwear)

Mountain Hardwear River Gorge Long-Sleeve Shirt 

Stay out all day in this half-zip with UPF 50 protection. The quick-drying fabric is silky, not clingy, and a side pocket is big enough for cash, keys, and lip balm. 

Price $50

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Bureo Kayu Sunglasses 

These shades pair frames made from recycled plastic fishing nets with Carl Zeiss polarized lenses. The result: eco-minded eyewear with superior style. 

Price $139

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NP Surf SUP Neo Hooded Jacket 

Think your favorite hoodie but made from neoprene. Break it out on colder days and long paddles, when you’ll appreciate the relaxed fit, comfy hood, and zippered back pocket. 

Price $140

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Boardworks Sirena Adjustable Paddle 

Classy graphics on this bamboo-veneer blade turn a paddle into art. The carbon handle and shaft make it plenty deft. 

Price $279

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(Imagine Surf)

Imagine Surf IPS Icon LTE 10'2" Paddleboard 

Like other new-school inflatables, the Icon is rock solid when pumped up to its max 15 psi. Unlike most of them, however, it’s amazingly light at just 18 pounds, thanks to single-skin construction on top and bottom. 

Price $799

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Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts 

An update to an old classic, the new Baggies are a few inches shorter than the originals. Made from fast-drying nylon with a DWR finish, they have two pockets and not much else, making them a comfy, minimal cover-up. 

Price $49

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(Elemental Herbs)

All Good Sport Sunscreen 

This SPF 33 sunscreen with pure zinc oxide is organic, paraben-free, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, and safe for coral reefs. Oh, and it prevents sunburn.

Price $16

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NP Surf Neo Flotation Vest 

PFDs are often bulky and uncomfortable. But this superlight, two-buckle vest has oversize arm holes for ample range of motion during paddling. It may just save your life.

Price $125

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The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2016

Paddleboarding is flourishing. Though the initial sales boom has slowed, innovation continues. The newest boards are better made and more smartly tailored to specific pursuits like surfing, fishing, and whitewater adventures. Meanwhile, prices for many categories keep coming down, thanks to all the competition and increased efficiencies in production. Our picks highlight a variety of boards designed to excel at focused activities and a couple that are good at pretty much everything. Honestly, though, with all the new options out there, we’re finding it hard not to want a garageful.  (Boardworks) Boardworks Kraken 10'3"  Gear of the Year  There’s much

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The Best Water Shoes of 2016

Protect your piggies in the wet. (Inga Hendrickson) Sperry Shock Light Boat  Best for: Doing It All  With a slipper-like fit, the Shock Light happily squeezes into the bow of a whitewater boat, while the grippy, nonmarking sole won’t scuff the teak deck on your buddy’s yacht. The shock-cord lacing keeps it snug should you fall into the drink, and it dries in less than half an hour. Price $85 Buy Now (Chaco) Chaco Z/Cloud  Best for: Raft Trips How to improve an iconic, river-guide-trusted sandal? Very carefully. Chaco’s upgrades on the new Z/Cloud are minimal and smart: a soft antimicrobial topsheet

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The Fly-Fishing Essentials of 2016

Cast away with these choice tools for the discerning angler. (Fishpond) Fishpond Nomad Mid-Length Net  With a carbon-fiberglass frame and a massive lunker-ready rubber basket, the Nomad almost makes landing the big ones easy.  Price $160 Buy Now (Meow Meow Tweet) Meow Meow Tweet Herbal Bug Repellent  Bottled by a boutique skin-care company in New York’s Hudson Valley and made from organic lavender and apple cider vinegar, this elixir smells a helluva lot better than deet. Price $18 Buy Now (Nautilus) Nautilus XM Reel   Nautilus builds reliable saltwater reels designed for catching fast, powerful fish. The XM brings that same

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The Best Boats of 2016

For the most part, boat manufacturers are in a careful tinkering phase, making smart refinements to tried-and-true designs. Notably, the trend in shorter (sub-15 feet) touring boats has matured: many brands are now producing these more playful kayaks, which are a bit slower than their longer forebearers but also more versatile. Regardless of what type you’re after, try to test a few models in the water before making a purchase. And while online homework is helpful, it can’t replace talking through options with a knowledgeable specialty retailer. Finally, remember to ask yourself a couple less exciting questions before pulling out

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The Best Women’s Swimsuits of 2016

Performance can look good. (Lululemon) Lululemon Tidal Flow One-Piece  Best For: Understated Elegance The Tidal Flow is the Audrey Hepburn of sporty swimsuits. It’s classy yet playful—simple, clean lines with an overlapping stringy back are paired with a band of transparent mesh running across the torso. Think of it as a little black dress that does everything—from sunning to swimming—well.     Price $118 Buy Now (Patagonia) Patagonia Nanogrip Top and Nanogrip Side Tie Bottom  Best For: Surfing Bikinis this cute tend to fall off during your first wipeout. Not so the Nanogrip. With a sticky liner that clings like a gecko, this

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