Water Activities


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…

The Hydropeak isn’t flashy, but it gets the job done at a surprisingly friendly price. Patagonia loads it with goodies, like 13 percent spandex for unrestricted movement, a fused waistband that hugs your hips, and a UPF 50 rating to keep the family jewels safe from the sun. All that…

The Fish Hunter is actually made for fishing: it’s got a stain-resistant treatment and a knife pocket built into the hip. But the relaxed fit and longer seam (19 inches) means you’ll feel comfortable wearing it in and out of the water.

Vuori blends its recycled polyester (made from plastic bottles) with spandex for a flyweight short that stretches like yoga pants. The inner thighs are perforated for extra breathability, and the shorts have completely stitchless seams for ultimate comfort. The Sonic is built for surfing and swimming, but it’s so comfortable…

Together, Outside and Cairn have expertly curated three limited-release collections for travel, fitness, and water pursuits.

Sea kayaker Pa Arding has suffered two traumatic injuries, but 'Looking Out' shows how she uplifts herself and those around her

Watch the waves, watch your children, and, above all, keep it fun

When one of your best buds is getting married, it calls for something truly epic

In 'Next Gen,' from OARS, president Tyler Wendt​​​​​​​ takes his family on its first multi-day river trip

In 'Road to 100,'​​​​​​​ kayakers Liam Fournier and Aniol Serrasolses set out to drop Ram Falls in the remote Canadian Rockies

An essential item for hikers and travelers, this synthetic towel features a waffle texture that helps it absorb up to eight times its weight in water. Yet wring it out and it’ll dry almost instantly.

Astral has long been our go-to brand for quality life jackets with bang-up features. The Layla is no exception, with a women-specific fit that allows more room in the chest; its slimmer front profile reduces chafing while you’re out on long paddles.

Brian Grubb and his team of drone pilots as they push the boundaries of drone-powered recreation

A boat that can jump out of the water like a dolphin? This I had to try.

Waterlogged, from filmmaker Ben Cox​​​​​​,​ is a reminder that simply spending time outside can be an escape from anxiety

Gear editor Emily walks us through Alpacka Raft's Wolverine during the brand's trip to the Outside office.

It depends—but you can hold your breath longer in cold water

What it takes to document one of the world's most treacherous races. Words by Marley Walker.

Forget the all-you-can-eat buffets. These small-ship cruises offer unparalleled access to adventure.

Tough and waterproof, it fits everything you need for a day

It’s waterproof, burly, and ready for the worst

It was 1994 and writer, director, and photographer Jeff Johnson was a lifeguard on Oahu when 30-foot waves started detonating on the reef.

First Leap follows cliff jumper Travis Sims as he looks for new diving holes deep in the woods of Colorado.

Elemental is a seascape film from photographers Armaand Djicks and Ray Collins who are creating their own medium called ‘cinescapes’.

On the morning of May 10, 2017, three whitewater kayakers embarked on a 24-hour expedition to paddle 300 miles.

Surfer Josie Prendergast has been surfing the waves around Siargao for her entire life.

In 2017, Hawaiian lawmakers removed liability protections for lifeguards exposing them to risk of lawsuits.

In Today’s Harvest from surf brand Superbrand surfer Clay Marzo shares some outtakes from his upcoming film, This is Clay.

First screened at the National Paddling Film Festival, Heart of Dampness took home their best of award back in 1988. Enjoy a little throwback. 

From Take Shelter Productions, Brrr follows a group of warm weather surfers from Hawaii—including Albee Layer, Kain Daly, and Hank Gaskell—as they go out of their element into the cold waters off the southern coast of New Zealand.

If our February feature of Kai Lenny hasn’t convinced you that he was born to be on, in, and above the water then this video from Hurley might.

From filmmaker Taylor Walker and photographers Chris Shane, Jamie Walter, and Cait Bourgeault Monumental shares their journey circumnavigating Maine's newest national monument Katahdin Woods and Waters.

Into the Deep Unknown ​​​​​​​from research institute Biographic follows deep-sea biologist Diva Amon as she showcases what the earth looks like at 3,280 feet below sea level.

Off the coast of Baja lies an oasis of spearfishing opportunities. For professional spearfisherman Pete Correale, this means he can satisfy his itch to be in the ocean every day.

Writer Kevin Fedarko went looking for meaning in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He ended up in charge of a boat full of poop.

Royal Carribean and Snapchat teamed up to develop a scuba mask with built-in Snapchat Spectacles.

Canada has a world renowned river wave. It's remote and less than dependable for its conditions, but when it's firing - well you be the judge.

Though he's a married man, Landon Mace finds that theres only one thing on his mind, trout.

Behind the Sun from filmmaker Matt Kleiner follows 3 Time World Champion Surfer Mick Fanning during the shooting of an episode of Red Bull's Chasing the Shot.

From Filmmakers Johny Mourgue and Simon Oxley 'Forwards Ever, Backwards Never' explores the kind of bravery it takes to overcome a lifelong fear.

Filmmaker Arvids Baranovs of Eaglewood Films loaded up his family of four and headed to the Portugal coast. In search of some finer weather than early spring in Latvia can provide, they caught a glimpse of solitude on the mainland Europe's western region.

When Jack O'Neill passed on June 1, 2017, the surf industry lost one of their most "affable pirates".

Keenan was a legend in the sport—and is the first rescue diver to die while freediving

The race takes place on a section of the Payette River in Idaho known as Jacob’s Ladder, which is famous for its massive features. This year, the record runoff had some competitors worried.

From Director Ben Gulliver and Poolhouse Creative, The Sea Wolf is a feature length film about surfing some of the most obscure places on the globe.

Peter Grubb, founder of Row Adventures, talks about embracing the lifestyle, getting the certifications, and making it pay

Rafa Ortiz and Red Bull are known to get into some pretty ridiculous antics together, but this hilarious new video may top them all.

Along the way, they encountered a few locals hunting with golden eagles, intense whitewater sections, and a ruthless climate. In the words of Schusler, "This was not an adventure these young lads would soon forget."

Jesper Stechmann is a World Champion Freediver who was raised in Denmark. From the ripe age of six years old, he began holding his breath under water and since then, he's lived much of his life under the surface of the water.

With only a few inches of the boat above water Jimmy Carter and his mentor Claude Terry, co-founder of American Rivers, completed the first tandem canoe descent of Bull's Sluice rapid.

From Felt Soul Media and YETI, 120 Days follows tarpon guide David Mangum who's reputation in the area borders on scary.

This film underscores the connection between the human spirit and paddling canoes.

Our Play Now series highlights an epic POV clip so you can get in on the action even when you're stuck behind a desk. This incredible footage comes from professional kayaker Ben Marr who was on the Zambezi River directly underneath Victoria Falls.

Our new favorite way to spend time on the water.

In this episode of Redington's Find Your Water series, the crew takes us to Billings, Montana, an industrial town with incredible access to the outdoors

'A Moment Longer,' from filmmaker Evan Adamson, follows surfer Tommy Witt down to the northern shore of Costa Rica.

After years of diving competitively, Francisco Del Rosario realized that it had distracted him from the foundations of the sport: clarity of mind, the inexplicable sensations, and to visit another world beneath the waves.

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For big-wave surfer and North Shore native Mark Healey, life has always revolved around the water.

Pete Correale has given his life to spending countless days in the ocean. From this foundation, he began guiding spearfishing trips all over the globe.

When Raymond Stansel was busted in 1974, he was one of Florida's biggest pot smugglers. Facing trial and years in prison, he jumped bail, changed his name, and holed up in a remote Australian outpost. Even more remarkable than that? His second life as an environmental hero.

In a multimedia production from Junkie XL and Red Bull Media House, Wavey Waters presents an alternative look at music.

In this series from Dior, Tales of the Wild brings you into the lives of four men who are truly wild.

In a new film by NRS and We Are Hungry, a crew of French kayakers travels to the frigid waters of Iceland.

Nick Lavecchia is a surf photographer in Maine. Watch as Lavecchia shares why this place is so inspiring for him, despite the bitter winters and unpredictable surf.

Even if protesters resist evacuation orders and police actions, they’ll still face the difficulty of living outside in North Dakota