Jonah Ogles is articles editor at The Atavist. Jonah previously worked at Outside and Cincinnati Magazine. His writing has appeared in Canoe & Kayak, The Fly Fish Journal, and other publications devoted to water sports, even though he now lives in the high desert of New Mexico.
It all started with the wooden dories. Years of research, many boat trips through the Grand Canyon's rapids, and one award-winning book later, the author shares what that incredible place means to him.
The surfing legend is not entirely sure where that number came from or how accurate it is—"I don't measure waves," he told us—but he is sure of one thing: This was one of the most dangerous situations he's ever been in
Seventy percent of the planet is water, but only 1.17 percent1.63 million square milesof that is protected. Compare that with the eight million square miles of land set aside and it's clear we have a long way to go. Here's where we should start.