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Experiencing the Rush of an Electric Motorcycle

07/22/2019

Growing up in rural Minnesota, the sound “BRRAAAPPP” functioned for many linguistic needs. It served as a friendly greeting, open question, and when used in stories, onomatopoeia for small displacement engines like snowmobiles, quads, and dirtbikes. To me, the sound is most synonymous with motorcycles. To this day, when talking about riding bikes, I instinctively Read More

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Year?s Vans Duct Tape Festival in Portugal

07/22/2019

“You can’t order surf when you travel,” Duct Tape Invitational founder Joel Tudor said about the conditions at the logging event’s latest stop in Ericeira, Portugal. While the ocean doesn’t always produce epic waves, perfect surf isn’t required for a good time. And at each Duct Tape event, fun is just as much a constant Read More

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An Alternative Guide to Off-Season Ski Training

07/20/2019

Let’s face it: If your name isn’t Mammoth and you don’t have a summer pass to Timberline, your ski season is likely over. But, as your old high school coach with the halitosis and receding hairline once garbled, “Remember kids, your season starts in the offseason.” In order to get the most out of next Read More

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How Bianca Valenti Crowdsourced Equal Prize Money at Puerto — and Then Won It

07/19/2019

On Monday, while a pumping south swell hit the western coast of the Americas, big-wave chargers Billy Kemper and Bianca Valenti took home the wins at the 2019 Puerto Escondido Cup. The event (which was taken off the WSL’s BWWT a few years ago) is organized by the Surf Open League and invites chargers of Read More

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How to Be Your Own Backcountry Bartender

07/19/2019

In an urban environment you can walk in just about any direction and find a bar that can make you a wonderful craft cocktail. If you’re a drinker, you’re probably accustomed to ordering something like an Old Fashioned or engaging your bartender in some casual conversation about how they can modify the house margarita. Narrow Read More

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How to Plan Your Trip: Google Earth for Paddlers — Part 2

07/18/2019

In Part 1, we focused on basic skills for navigating the Google Earth platform. In this installment you’ll learn paddler-specific tips to plan your next adventure. Don’t be afraid to search Google or YouTube for more detailed instructions. Interpretation Skills: Just like a topographical map, with practice you’ll learn to interpret colors and textures in Read More

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Mountain River Adventure — A Wilderness Journey Through the Canadian Sub-Arctic

07/18/2019

Jim Baird returns from a “true wilderness” excursion with a new story to share. In this four-part video series exclusive, the canoe-tripping savant and wilderness survival expert presents a unique take on a 14-day, 300-km journey through the Canadian sub-Arctic. Episode 1 introduces the challenge of flying into the Northwest Territories’ rugged Mackenzie-Yukon watershed border Read More

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Utah Boy Scouts Rescued When Homemade Canoes Sink After River Launch

07/18/2019

A group of 23 boy scouts and leaders, from two troops based in Cedar City, Utah, recently had a DIY adventure turn into an emergency situation. The paddling expedition became a rescue for the group when their homemade canoes began sinking shortly after launch into the Green River. According to a report published by the Read More

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Is This ?Perfect Wave? Really Just a Mirage?

07/18/2019

What lengths would you go to in order to surf a perfect wave with no one around? I have spent the last couple of winters trying to answer that question for myself, seeking the “uncrowded perfection” that all surfers place on such a lofty pedestal. Recently, it was a thundering right hander that snakes its Read More

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6 Inflatable SUPs We Love in 2019

07/17/2019

Inflatables are the perfect option for individuals looking to get into paddling or diehard paddlers on the go. They’re lightweight, affordable, and there’s countless different options. Inflatables are often thought of as flimsy or unstable but that couldn’t be further from the truth—they’ve come a long way since they were first invented and some are Read More

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The American Alpine Club Takes a Stand for Climate Advocacy

07/17/2019

Founded in 1902 by a small group of climbers and conservationists, The American Alpine Club became one of the earliest established groups to promote and protect climbing, both within the outdoor community and at times, through more mainstream channels. From its onset, the club’s mission has been to provide knowledge and inspiration, and to support Read More

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The First-Ever Red Bull Rampage Qualifier Will Be Held This Fall Near Bend, Oregon

07/17/2019

Tickets went on sale Monday for both Red Bull Rampage and the new qualifier event: Marzocchi Proving Grounds Presented by FiveTen. For Rampage, attendees have two options to choose from, traditional general admission ($65) and Rampage Experience ($500). General admission requires bike-in access, includes a bike valet and unbelievable views of the competition. The Rampage Read More

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Unstoppable: Inside Freya Hoffmeister?s Relentless Expedition to Kayak North America?s Entire Coastline

07/17/2019

BY JEFF MOAG Freya Hoffmeister has spent the last dozen years paddling around ever-bigger landmasses. She started with Iceland and New Zealand’s South Island in 2007, and two years later electrified the paddling world with a record-setting solo circumnavigation of Australia, paddling 8,570 miles in 322 days. The late paddling journalist Joe Glickman wrote a Read More

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How One Small SoCal Surf Shop Is Making Waves In the Local Surf Community

07/16/2019

Behind the cash register at Happy Battle Surf Co., there’s an ’80s boombox that sits on a cluttered shelf surrounded by stacks of cassette tapes and single fins in just about every size and color. Gorgeous logs and fish designs line the walls of the San Diego-based surf shop, all hand-shaped with rails begging to Read More

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After Lengthy Lawsuit, Historic Names in Yosemite Have Been Restored

07/16/2019

On Monday, after a years-long lawsuit regarding trademark issues between Yosemite National Park‘s former (Delaware North Companies Inc.) and current (Aramark) concessionaires finally came to a $12-million settlement. This means that historic names of places in the park – some of which had been around for over a century – like the Ahwahnee Hotel and Read More

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Packlist: What To Pack for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

07/15/2019

I wasn’t going to miss Machu Picchu during my six-week long Peru trip, but I also wasn’t going to get there easily. The simplest way is by train from Cusco, while another popular way is to hike the Inca Trail. Aiming for a less popular route, I opted for the Salkantay trek, which is often Read More

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A Psychedelic Gallery of Double-Exposure Barrel Photos

07/13/2019

When it comes to ephemeral gifts from Mother Nature, there’s nothing more thrilling than the tube and romantic as flowers. Which is why photographer Aaron Checkwood’s mash-up of these two phenomenons is so hypnotic. Checkwood’s process for creating these double exposures is purely an analog pursuit. Which means he’ll shoot flowers on a roll of Read More

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The Hard Way: The Legends of Salty Jefferson — Part 4, Weather Ahead

07/12/2019

Everyone knows Salty Jefferson. Every paddler has heard the tales of ol’ Salty, or at least versions of them. The stories are the stuff of legends — the type that circulates around the campfire. Stories born of bad choices. And bad choices Salty has made. If there was ever a chance to make an errant Read More

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6 Overnight Paddling Adventures in Virginia

07/12/2019

Virginia sits right smack in the middle of the U.S. East Coast. It is an expansive state hosting diverse paddling opportunities including everything from mountainous valleys surrounding the New or Shenandoah rivers to the far-reaching fingers of the Chesapeake Bay’s snaking tidal estuaries. The sheer length of these waterways — not to mention the added Read More

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Man and Dog: Canadian Expedition Paddler Justin Barbour and Saku, his Adventure-ready Best Friend

07/12/2019

Newfoundland-based adventurer Justin Barbour has no problem recruiting a companion for canoe and packraft expeditions in the wilderness of eastern Canada. His dog, Saku, is always up for an adventure. Finding human trip mates, however, has been more of a challenge. “The trips I do are kind of unheard of here. Everyone thinks I’m crazy,” Read More

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Checking In: Finding Surf and Community at the Pal Mar Hotel Tropical in San Pancho, Mexico

07/12/2019

Bianca Blasquez was born with a case of wanderlust. After traveling the world and working in 11 different countries, the Romanian native met her husband, Luis Javier in Barcelona and they spent the next four months surfing and getting to know each other in Bali, Indonesia. They planned a quick trip to Puerto Vallarta to Read More

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Land of the Midnight Sun: Your Guide to Northern Norway?s All-time Paddling Adventures

07/11/2019

Story by and photos courtesy of Mariann Sæther Imagine mountains polished down to gentle giants. Cascading rivers flowing to the ocean, and in between the land and sea lie picturesque fjords waiting to be explored. For your all-time river and sea kayaking adventure, the coast of Helgeland in Northern Norway is your next destination. THE Read More

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The Best Stay-Put Swimsuits, According to the Pros

07/11/2019

As an active water woman, you need gear that can keep up with you. Nothing spoils an epic session like a swimsuit malfunction. If you spend a good amount of time on the water, you’ve likely had your fair share of them. Rather than spending hours searching for the perfect suit, we thought: Who better Read More

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Dispatches: Bike, Hike, and Climb to Three Fingers Lookout

07/11/2019

Anytime I see the phrase “hidden gem” online I assume that it’s click-bait and keep scrolling. These days we classify many hot dog stands, coffee shops, and Netflix shows with this cliche, collectively devaluing its worth. However, there are a few exceptions, in our humble opinion, and Three Fingers Lookout is one of them. The Read More

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A Visual Immersion in the Race That Helped Define Mountain Biking

07/11/2019

There were a handful of minutes, about seven hours into day four, when I wasn’t sure I’d make it. Legs burning from scaling a near-vertical wall of ancient stone terraces, I was hiking my bike downhill around a seemingly unyielding succession of the tightest switchbacks I’d ever seen, and the thought of calling it quits Read More

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