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The ‘Row of Life’ drifted for nearly 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean until, one day, it washed ashore

The future of the Chinook is uncertain, as its numbers drop due to the impacts of climate change, unsustainable harvest practices, dams, habitat loss, and predation

Jay Johnson connects with a community of anglers in South Carolina, where flood tides and redfish reign supreme

With increased coastal flooding and erosion, climate change is harshing California’s mellow vibes. Officials say it’s time to retreat from the shore altogether. Residents want to stay and fight. Paul Kvinta reports from the front lines of a pitched battle, where geologists and millionaires are squaring off, and friendly fire between surfers isn’t so friendly.

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In part three of Chasing the Elements, we join two of the sport's top athlete-filmmakers as they kick off paddling season

Forest Service limits permits to Boundary Waters after surge in visits, Mark Cavendish robbed at knifepoint, and what happens when hot water meets Siberian cold

Big-wave surfing in ‘100 Foot Wave,’ high winds cancel skiing world cup, and a bald eagle versus one brave prairie dog

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Take our quiz to find your perfect thrill—or chill

Outside’s ethics guru on why it’s not the nudity that’s offensive

Plan your next adventure on one of the nation’s most resplendent waterways with the help of Gaia GPS

How Susan Orlean reported the classic Outside story about the surf girls of Maui

Using their scuba skills, these water lovers clean the country’s largest lakes in the hope that their garbage hordes can spark high-level change

How two rival teams fought storms and sleep deprivation to claim an 18-year-old paddling FKT

In ‘BAJÍO Odyssey | Fish for Change - Heather,’ a film by Meris McHaney, we follow Heather Harkavy, director of operations at Fish for Change, as she leads a summer student program in Guanaja, Honduras

The state of the steelhead in the Columbia and Snake River watersheds is dire. A Pacific Northwest steelhead angler grapples with how best to honor the people, places, and resources that she loves. 

It’s not just a momentary mood booster, but a reminder of what we’re capable of

Freestyle and whitewater kayaker Dane Jackson goes big. This video, by Novus Select and Flow Motion Ariels, highlights his best moments of 2020.

For Tributaries Digital Cinema, balancing cameras on shaky bows is just the way to show off life aboard beautiful boats

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For starters, it’s way more affordable and accessible than you think

Everything you need to know about the Collins Cup, who could win the first-ever event, how it works, and what the broadcast will look like

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We spent a day on the lake with professional athletes and dog parents, Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger and here's what we learned

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.”

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

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