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The first Yulex wetsuits were expensive and stiff, but with more wetsuit makers adopting the technology, that’s changed

Summer is here. This is what we’re using to stay cool—in every sense of the word.

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.

Six accessories to get your entire crew on the water

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

Teenage diver Sebastian Morris and his dad were hunting for treasure in the Gulf of Mexico when they found a below-the-knee prosthetic. How do you lose that in the ocean? Amazingly, they solved the mystery.

The odds of being attacked by a shark are less than one in 11 million, which makes it nearly impossible to find people to turn to when you become that one. Enter a support group of survivors called the Bite Club—the most exclusive club nobody wants to join.

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

What does it take to get through the worst-case scenario? A very special combination of physical and mental strength.

What do you do after surviving a near-death experience? Visit a dying natural wonder, of course. After his husband suffers a stroke at the age of 40, our writer plans the trip of a lifetime to the Great Barrier Reef—and discovers new meaning in the term "last-chance tourism."

During her college break, the author went all in on solitude—living alone on a Down East island and working for one of the area’s few female skippers. Luna Soley reflects on a time of loneliness, hard work, and natural beauty.

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.

At 59 years old and with a preexisting condition, Paralympic rower Angela Madsen had plenty to worry about as the coronavirus spread across the country. So she dipped the oars of her small rowboat in the Pacific and pointed the bow toward Hawaii. She never returned.

It's one of the most astonishing survival stories we’ve ever heard—and it might even be true

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.

Treat your skin to reef-safe protection and soothing aftercare

In 'The Art of the Mini Adventure,' mother-daughter combo Els and Pippa venture out for a microadventure near their home in Vermont

So-called "flush drownings" lack an obvious cause like getting trapped underwater. Researchers now believe water temperature is a key factor.

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

On Labor Day weekend 2019, the 'Conception' left Santa Barbara, California, for a diving trip to the Channel Islands. Six months later, authorities are still trying to determine how what should have been a routine excursion became one of the deadliest maritime disasters in U.S. history.

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

'A Surfer's Search' features Erik Wilkie riding the frozen waters of Lake Superior during Winter Storm Wesley in 2019

Two Outside gear editors go head to head in a contest to see who can set up the new Oru Inlet kayak fastest

Behind the headlines about the return of great whites to Cape Cod is a story about how we're learning to live alongside a terrifying predator

We called this the “the most portable SUP ever” in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The board, pump, and included paddle all stow in a backpack. “The board’s length means it has less than exceptional glide, but 32 inches of width give it stability, and it was incredibly maneuverable,”…

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

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

'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

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

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

“What to Bring” showcases how too much or too little gear could ruin a day out on the water

These trunks have all of the technical chops (they’re incredibly stretchy, super fast to dry, and have zippered thigh and back pockets), but their feel impressed us the most. They’re super soft, which means you’ll find reasons to wear them out of the water. We also like the interior draw…

Go full retro with these trunks that look like they’re straight out of a sixties surf flick. But Katin makes the most of modern fabric, adding an astounding 12 percent spandex to the polyester shorts for a serious amount of stretch. The waistband (featuring a hidden key pocket) has a…

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