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What made Katie Heaney feel like a combination of Pocahontas and Jesus Christ? Standing on a board and holding a paddle.

Chinook salmon. Photo: NWFishers/Flickr The Elwha Dam is gone. The Glines Canyon Dam is nearly gone. With the dams no longer blocking fish from their migratory route up the river, Chinook (king) and other species of salmon and trout are returning. Salmon fry…

Mississippi River south of Memphis, August 2011. Photo: NASA Mississippi River south of Memphis, August 2012. Photo: NASA A drought that has led to low water levels in…

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has completed the last portion of his great adventure, swimming from America to Asia.

Sea turtle hatchling, Baguan Island, Philippines. Photo: Keith Ellenbogen Examples of poor ocean health are too easy—unfortunately—to find in many parts of the world, especially along densely populated coastlines or in the midst of ocean gyres filled with plastic pollution. But what is…

Big wave surfer Shane Dorian took home the Waterman of the Year Award during the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association's (SIMA) annual Waterman's Weekend on August 10…

I picked up the following video of off Krulwich Wonders, a science blog by NPR's Robert Krulwich. He doesn't ruin the surprise on his post, so I won't either. Mark Peters and his friends headed 20 miles west of…

The South Fork of the Skykomish, just above Sunset Falls. Photo: Mary Catherine O'Connor When I lived for a short time in Index, Washington, a climbing and boating hotspot on the Skykomish River in the north central Cascades, it felt like equal parts…

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon takes on some of the boldest open-water crossings of all time

We’ve already published a couple of reviews from Andrew Forsthoefel, our gear tester who is walking all the way from his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, to the West Coast.  Andrew has now made it past Santa Fe—a full 2,400 miles from his starting point. He’s walked the equivalent of…

In 2002, Philip Curry, the designer behind Patagonia's now-discontinued Lotus line of lifejackets, decided to get back into the PFD business. He founded Astral Buoyancy to create the highest-quality product possible with cutting-edge design…

The Arctic is getting warmer and sea ice is covering less and less area every year. This is good news for at least one group of men, adventurers looking to put their names in the record books. Two weeks ago we profiled the start of the…

Plying the Icicle River, Washington. Photo: Leah Ricketts By Russ Ricketts It all started innocently enough. My friend Matt told me about snorkeling with the salmon in our local rivers in the Cascade Mountains. His epic tales of huge fish, deep pools and fast currents held…

Matt From London/Flickr The 2012 Olympics kicked off on Saturday—if you don't count soccer, which you should—and a lot of things happened. It's not easy to keep up with it all, especially since NBC's streams have been especially screwy, so here are the…

Captain Don Voss, marine pollution from a diver's POV. Photos: Marine Cleanup Initiative, Inc. When he returned, wounded, from serving in Vietnam, doctors told Don Voss he wouldn't walk again. But Voss, now a 64-year-old ship captain, turned to swimming as therapy. With more…

The best way to beat record high temperatures: spend as much time in the water as possible. Here are a few items to be showcased at the Outdoor Retailer show meant to help enhance your ocean experience. BELLYAK FREQUENCY A speedy rotomolded plastic bodyboat designed for joyriding rivers, oceans…

SLYC sailing. Photo: Katie Arnold For the past three weeks, I’ve been writing these columns from my parents’ cottage in Ontario. My mother grew up on the lake, and I’ve been coming every summer since I was born. In the 60 years since my grandparents bought…

Whether you’re catching a wave, splashing in the nearest stream, or chilling at the beach, if you’re a Patagonia fan, you’ll soon have eight new styles of board shorts in 45 different color combinations to wear for the occasion. Athlete-approved from the barrels of Hawaii to the…

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The latest film in the Of Souls+Water series profiles surfer Christopher Peterson. For more, check out this interview with series director Skip Armstrong, of Forge Motion Pictures .

A new documentary from Walking on Water films looks at the life of blind surfer Derek Rabelo.

Stephanie Gilmore wins fifth ASP World Surfing Title. Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot Surfer Stephanie Gilmore secured her fifth ASP women's world title after beating out 19-year-old Tyler Wright in the finals of the…

Never worry about being stuck in the wilderness with nothing to eat again—as long as there is a healthy river nearby. Last year, Washington State-based Fikkes introduced the world’s first fishing pole/trekking pole. The contraption houses a fishing rod blank inside a hollow aluminum trekking pole. With just…

If there is a lifelist for snorkeling, Palau's Jellyfish Lake has to be on it. Tourists can swim through the upper levels of the water as millions of golden jellyfish migrate across the marine lake following the sun. They swim east in the…

In the northwest corner of Spain, in the coastal region of Galicia, fishermen boat into fjord-like inlets called rias and rappel from slick rocks to collect gooseneck barnacles in crashing surf. They hang down in pairs and watch each other's backs…

The loud and awestruck reaction of the people on the dock makes this video. It would be easy to make fun of their excited cries of shark in a dismissive way—Who let the double rainbow guy on the dock? We know, it's a shark. etc.— but there's something that's…

In the video Fiji Part One, Australian Matt Wilkinson gives the impression that the life of a surfer is all coconuts and sun bathing and waves. Around the same time Wilkinson was promoting this easy image, countryman…

Brought to you by Mark Thatcher, the guy who invented Teva's, Sazzis are sandals with individual toes cut into the sole. It's kind of like Vibram's Five Finger concept: Let your toes work independently and you get more traction, stability and agility on awkward…

A St. Petersburg man recently kitesurfed into a jump over a pier during tropical storm Debby. The YouTube clip is making the rounds online, from the Huffington Post to Grind TV. Anyone watching the video with any…

The third episode in Forge Motion Picture's series of Souls and Water features whitewater kayaker Ben Marr surfing waves at night. Click here to find out how the crew got the light on the boat at night.

Outside reviews the best adventure gear for man’s best friend.

Cramming a whole lotta adventure into one day doesn't have to be a sufferfest. Photo: Katie Arnold We recently took the kids to see a Brazilian jazz band perform outside at our local college on a hill above town. You can probably picture the scene:  Everyone…

New footage from Forge Motion Pictures of the North Fork Championships, where the world’s best kayakers competed on Idaho’s big-water classic, the Payette.

If you’re like most people, your summer strategy probably looks like this: Dispatch the kids to day camp while you spend the sweetest season behind your desk. But research shows that while children may be quicker studies, adults benefit hugely from learning new things, too. Good news: Now you can…

Don't make the mistake of clicking off this video when you see a wetsuited man skipping through the mudflats while awkwardly carrying windsurfing gear. It gets better, and not just because the windsurfers will reach speeds of roughly 50 knots, or about 55…

Highlights of the 11-time ASP champ capturing his 49th tour victory at Cloudbreak.

Kelly Slater wins the Volcom Fiji Pro. Photo: ASP/Kirstin Kelly Slater, 40, beat Gabriel Medina, 19, in the finals of the Volcom Pro to win the 49th tour event of his…

Earlier this week, 35-year-old German freediver Tom Sietas reportedly broke the world record for breathholding when he stayed underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. That's just a bit longer—and probably a bit more exciting to watch—than the average television sitcom without…

James Caird in surf. Photo: Frank Hurley In 1916, after losing his boat The Endurance on an expedition to Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton and five crew members hopped in a row…

Big air, bigger views kick off this weekend in Vail. Photo: Teva Mountain Games With long days and warm nights, summer is festival season. But if you want more from your weekend than sitting on your butt on a blanket, swilling beer, and listening to live…

The second episode in Forge Motion Picture’s series of Souls and Water features paddler Melody Shapird paddling beautiful canyons in the southwest.

To capture kayaker Evan Garcia dropping 70 feet off Outlet Falls, filmmaker Andy Maser and two friends set up four cameras for a day of shooting near White Salmon, Washington. The crew used a RED Scarlet, two Canon 7Ds,…

Screenshot from Surfer. Surfer magazine has turned its how-to series from Kelly Slater into an interactive online feature. The 11-time ASP champ offers advice on everything from…

As this video of a two-year-old catching his first wave illustrates, surfing isn't always about competition. Still, it would be nice for high school surfers to be able to compete in front of crowds in the same way basketball, football,…

Manta ray. Photo Shutterstock Most people are familiar with Aldo Leopold's thoughts on cascading environmental damage from Thinking Like a Mountain. When wolves were hunted out of forests in the American Southwest,…

John John Florence wins 2012 Billabong Pro Rio. Photo: ASP/SCHOLTZ The last six months have been pretty good for 19-year-old surfer John John Florence. The Hawaiian took the 2011 Van Triple Crown Championship in December, won the Volcom Pipe…

Ignore what you've been told: Summer is the time to try something new

The Potomac River  Photo: MV Jantzen/American Rivers River conservancy American Rivers just released its 27th annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report, naming the Potomac the most threatened river. This waterway earned the top spot not so much…

While filming a feature on surfer Josh Kerr for RUSTY, filmmaker Matt Kleiner decided to rummage through some of his scraps and put together a little clip. The resulting video, Light:…

The judging panel at last week's Global Big Wave Awards determined that Garrett McNamara's much-discussed wave in Portugal this past November was 78 feet, or one foot taller than Mike Parsons' record-holding monster. But the measurements of both waves are so crude as to mean absolutely nothing.

Dare to live a moral life—and encourage your kids to do the same—but remember that moral decisions aren't always clear-cut

Surf shorts don’t offer a lot of support when you’re going from paddling out to riding a tube. Or they haven't—until now. Oakley’s new Blade II Board Shorts have two parts. On the outside, they're all board—everything you would expect: quick-dry and stretchy with welded seams and a…

Whitewater guide Andrew Matthews takes to this part of the Zambezi River once a year when the flow is just right, and the surfable barrel above results. Scott LeDuc of River Surf Sessions…

 Glines dam site, pre-dam; the dam intact; the dam coming down. Photos: Clallam Co. Historical Society; Olympic NP The Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River is running free. Pretty much. The Elwha dam is down and the Glines dam is being chipped away (see the image…

“I killed a lot of fish in my youth. But later I went with Cousteau, and with a team of scientists, and through them I understood what was happening to the world. It was then that I completely changed my tune. I threw away my harpoon to take up a…

The first of NRS and Forge Motion Pictures five-part series, on Souls and Water, features whitewater paddler and wanderer Erik Boomer…

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Bird's Nest, by Mandy Barker Photographer Mandy Barker couldn’t stop collecting, cataloguing, and photographing trash. The 48-year-old from Leeds, England, picked ocean debris as the central theme of a school photography project. She often went…

A little more than a week ago, 28-year-old Florida Tech student Justin Ellingham won the college division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association's East Coast Regional Championship. Less than a week later, he was bitten…

Ikal Angelei on the shores of Lake Turkana. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize Running Ethiopia's Omo River can be a serious adventure, as we described here in 2008, but more importantly, the river is a lifeline for those who rely on the water and…

It’s ironic that surfing requires being in synch with nature and its rhythms but surfing equipment is so environmentally toxic. Almost all the gear, from the trunks to the wetsuits to the boards themselves, are made from non-recyclable petroleum-based resins, foam, plastics, and neoprene. Is it possible to enjoy surfing…

What's the best way to keep gear dry when rafting or kayaking?

Peter Douglas    Photo: Courtesy of California Coastal Commission The next time you find yourself on a stretch of pristine California coastline, you can thank Peter Douglas for what you don't see, such as high-rises or offshore oil-drilling platforms. The 69-year-old, who died April 1, fought hard against…

The trailer for a new mini series from NRS and Forge Motion pictures about paddlers and their love of water.

> [Video: Groudswell (Trailer) from the Patagonia Video Gallery] Keystone XL isn't the only pipeline in the works that will send oil from Alberta oil sands to far-off lands. Canadian pipeline builder Enbridge wants to build a new pipe to connect Edmonton with the port of…

A great new kayaking flick from the French filmmakers at Original Production.

Adventure awaits @ Manuel Antonio; photo: Tulemar Costa Rica is Central America’s answer to New Zealand: small place, huge adrenaline rush. With surfing beaches, cloud forests, rainforests, eco lodges, and active volcanos crammed into a country the size of West Virginia, it’s no wonder…

Open canoeing’s top athletes take the sport to new extremes.

In June, the world’s best paddlers will coverge on Idaho’s notorious North Fork of the Payette for a two day race down Class V whitewater. Get more info here. The teaser is from Forge Motion Pictures.

I want to ride the best rapids in the Caribbean. Where should I start?

Researchers wield the collection trawl  Photo: Stiv Wilson Despite what you might have heard, there are no huge, visually striking debris fields of plastic shopping bags and PET bottles swirling around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But if that's the good news, the bad news is much worse:…

I recently discovered the website, Kids Who Rip. Not sure how I missed this one, but it’s rad little video library of kids killing it on bikes, skis, kiteboards, surfboards, skateboards, balance beams, and pretty much every other conveyance and game known to childhood. You can submit…

  By Guest Blogger Elizabeth Sullivan Need to thaw out? Leave the winter behind? We did. Our wants were simple: Our destination had to be warm and had to have salt water. What we didn’t want was simple, too: no passports required and no connecting flights.  With four boys…

Michael Roberts boards a Swedish catamaran to report Cat Power, his latest story on the new boats used in the famed sailing race the America’s Cup.

Shred ready Camp life is good At play in the Purcells Western Spirit Cycling, www.westernspirit.com; O.A.R.S., www.oars.com; Canadian Mountain Holidays, www.canadianmountainholidays.com —Katie Arnold@raisingrippers   …

A rainless winter means little water at the new wetlands park. Photo: Seth Strongin/TheCity Project In South Los Angeles, a former bus and rail transit station has been replaced by a nine-acre park that includes native trees and plant gardens, walking trails and…

This surf video from Cody Caldwell makes us want to ditch the office and go outside and play. For more on surfing, check out the Top Beginner Surf Spots in North America.

By Guest blogger Emily Brendler Shoff@ebshoff   Exploring tidepools on Puako Beach (Emily Brendler Shoff) Traveling to Hawaii with children can seem daunting. The flights are long and can get expensive. Oceanfront lodging can cost you a bundle,…

Duct Tape Then Beer sea kayaks between thousands of islands of Georgia’s coast. Here’s how you can repeat the trip.

JAMES NESTOR takes a freediving lesson

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