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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

From a young age, the ocean provided relief from mental illness, something I've been unable to replicate with any other form of nature. It turns out, there's a science behind why some people prefer water.

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Surfers Against Sewage and Hydro Flask set out to end plastic pollution on England's beaches

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In this film from Morgan Maassen, he profiles two-time world longboarding champion Honolua Blomfield

Jason Cajune is a second-generation boatman building wooden dories in Livingston, Montana

There's something about swimming that makes us feel very much alive—even as we enter an environment where the risk of death is all around us

This film, from the Flylords, examines how the women who fish in Martha's Vineyard have rallied around their collective identity

Local shaper and surfer​​​​​​​ Mikel Evans carves up some very chilly breaks

A new Southern California resort will feature the same tech—and waves—as the prototype

'Powell 150' documents a thousand-mile rafting trip along the Colorado River Basin from Wyoming to Nevada

A week of running rivers around Voss, Norway, with French kayaking sensation Nouria Newman and her buddies

With a résumé full of wins at kayaking's most prestigious competitions and historic first descents of the planet's deadliest whitewater, Nouria Newman is considered one of the greatest paddlers around. So why can't she turn her passion into a sustainable career?

Winter on the legendary North Shore of Oahu brings epic rides, agonizing wipeouts, and, every so often, acts of heroism

Portuguese big-wave surfer Alex Botelho nearly drowned at the inaugural Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

The new sport is attracting everyone from NFL players to pro surfers hoping to get an edge in the pool—and on land

'The Salad Days' chronicles the river career of Herman Hoops, a conservationist, boater, and public land steward.

On a particularly heavy day at Jaws on Maui, O'Neill team riders test their skill during the World Surf League's Jaws Big Wave Championship

A new court ruling says the Swiss-based organization must answer accusations of exploiting athletes and operating a global monopoly

The 'Long River Home' follows three kayakers as they overcome challenges while navigating through the Grand Canyon

'River Surfer' profiles a longtime saltwater surfer turned river rider from Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Russell Bierke is known for taking unconventional lines through some of the world's largest waves

On the wave-rich islands of Canada's Haida Gwaii, surfing is creating new connections to an age-old culture—and surfboards have been given a more befitting name

Expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren knocked off first descents of the most remote and dangerous rivers on earth, from the Himalayas to the Sierra. He paddled with an aggro attitude and saw weakness as an unforgivable trait in himself and others. But when a brain tumor started to derail his athletic performance and threaten his life, everything changed.

This film follows spearfisherman G.R. Tarr as he competes in the St. Petersburg Open, in Florida

The duo explores why this bug-eyed fish has taken the hearts of so many anglers and swaps stories about why fishing is so important to them

With so much funding from the government going toward boxing and baseball, it's much harder to find surf gear

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Will Skudin is one of the best big-wave surfers in the world. But his favorite waves are the ones the kids catch at his family's camp on Long Island every summer.

'Wild Olympics' is a tribute to the pristine rivers of Washington's Olympic Peninsula

In O'Neill's Strike Mission series, its team of surfers sets off to far-flung corners of the globe in search of remote waves

'Practice of Creativity' is about surf photographer Patricia van Hanswijck de Jonge, who documents the surfers of Southern California

After witnessing the serious injury of a dear friend, they began teaching ocean safety to lifeguards, schools, and first responders

Thanks to drone footage, we now know how often sharks are close to us in the ocean

Das Boat is a series of short films that follow a 50-year-old aluminum hull boat as it's towed all over the Southeast

The first episode of Headed North features surfers riding the breaks around San Clemente before starting their journey toward colder waters

'Home of Turquoise' chronicles an unnamed kiteboarder's search for the clearest water around Turkey's southwestern shores

The Orvis campaign 50/50 on the Water elevates the narratives of women in fly-fishing

In this film, the OARS team profiles Samantha 'Derby' Derbyshire, a prominent female river guide on Utah's Cataract Canyon

This segment of 'Big Land' showcases the perils of an expedition to Canada's Labrador region, including bears and unrelenting weather

The key to making a top-notch fly-fishing film is just to watch literally any other fly-fishing film

A professional kayaker shares his love of the river with baby boomer Leland Miyawaki, a self-described “old-fashioned” fly-fisherman

From We Are Hungry Productions and NRS, 'The River's Call' documents a whitewater kayaking adventure on the Apurímac River in Peru

A wavepool malfunction in Longjing, China, sent a wall of water through a crowded pool

Kiteboarder Fabian Muhmenthaler has centered his life around movement on the water

Though Gabe Messam's life has been fraught with challenges, he's a surf instructor at one of the most prestigious surf schools in Ireland

'Between the Lines,' from filmmaker Jason Hearn, profiles ocean photographer Sacha Specker documenting his swims across the globe

For firefighters Brady Ruysschaert and Brandon Hawkins, surfing is the ultimate stress reliever

The ranch​​​​​​​ of Henry's Fork, Idaho, is where anglers come to test their dry fly-fishing abilities

The River of Sorrows almost never flows, due to a tricky confluence of climate change and water rights, but this year was different

Lifeguards in Hawaii wake up early, have a healthy breakfast, and take time to work on their personal fitness

This film will leave you seeking out your next adventure—and it just might be on the shores of Hawaii

This film reflects on how Hurricane Sandy ultimately strengthened the fellowship of this town