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After more than 25 years of deliberation, the sport of kings finally makes its debut at the Games

Born in Surf City USA, and the descendant of an actual samurai, Japan’s surfing superstar is ready for the sport’s debut on the world stage.

We travel along with Ed Knight to understand what it means to put food on your table and put back what you don’t need

Spearfishing for Mark Healey is mostly about “observing and trying to be a noninvasive part of that environment.”

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Our writer, a lifelong surfer, tries to find out

It took me months of cold, scary failure to learn how to roll my boat in the open ocean. The effort taught me that barriers to outdoor proficiency, no matter how daunting, can be overcome if you don’t give up.

After a year of isolation, the small community of Yakutat reconnects among the waves

Join L. Blount as she pushes her boundaries and tries an Oru Kayak for her first time

Here’s how to get away from crowds this summer and enjoy a backcountry camping experience that’s easy and comfortable

Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. She found it at the edge of a stream.

Want to hit the rivers this summer?

Outside’s ethics guru on what counts as nature

When Konstantin Grigorishin—über-wealthy Ukrainian businessman, aspiring philosopher, former pal of Russian oligarchs—introduced the upstart International Swimming League in 2019, he made the first move in an ambitious plan that could blow up Olympic sports and usher in a new era of athlete fairness. He also commenced a game of chicken with some of the world’s most powerful and dangerous men, including Vladimir Putin. And he just might win.

Author Natalie Warren wants young women to disregard conventional rites of passage and get lost in the wilderness

A six-part documentary series chronicles big-wave surfer Billy Kemper’s near-death experience and his path to recovery

An experimental surf film, with expressive shots of African landscapes, seascapes, and wildlife

A surfer takes solace in the dark before the dawn

When a massive swell surprised author William Finnegan, he was left with only one option: paddle for his life

Plastic Tides, a nonprofit based in Bermuda, uses paddleboards to enlighten and inspire kids to move toward a plastic-free future

Tenkara fly-fishing in Colorado with Daniel Galhardo

Connecting to ecosystems through the hobbies we love enlightens us on the delicate balance between humans and nature

How Spain's Natxo González prepares his body and mind to tackle the biggest swell on earth

Two college students have a dream to sail the world. All they need is a boat.

Waves for Change brings surf therapy to children who experience high levels of stress and trauma

Paddling across a lake where a river used to be

How young is too young for risk? During an Idaho river adventure that included her seven-year-old, Tracy Ross faced this question in the most harrowing way imaginable.

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Michael Larsen and friends head to Confluence Park in Denver, Colorado, for an afternoon of chilled-out tubing on the river.

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for governor, threatens the state's unique angler-access regulations

'Rio Rica' introduces us to Rica Fulton and the Little Snake River, a lesser known tributary of the West's renowned Yampa River

During May, UK-based photographer Nick Pumphrey challenged himself to experience the sunrise every morning in the sea

Chile's Rio Claro is a beautiful stretch of water, some sections of which are only accessible by kayak

Our Sweat Science columnist takes efficiency very seriously in the backcountry. Here are his secrets for a flawless canoe trip.

'Going Nocturnal' gives us a glimpse of the annual hatch of a giant mayfly and the large trout that emerge at night to feed on them

'Water Flows Together' ​​​​​​​explores the intersection of water access for consumption and recreation

'River of Return' features river guides and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members Sammy and Jessica Matsaw

In praise of sand in your eyeballs, no cell service, and pooping in a box

'Una Razon para Pescar' follows Miami tarpon fisherman Dan Diez as he explores how the sport is woven into his blood

On a solo expedition in the Himalayas, whitewater paddler Nouria Newman nearly drowned—then found her purpose

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'Recycled to Ride' features New Hampshire surfer and shaper Korey Nolan building boards out of trash he's collected

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