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Category Archives: Water Sports

Ironman Champion Daniela Ryf and the Curious Case of the Banned Wetsuit

Five-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf has admitted to having worn a banned wetsuit during the 2021 and 2022 Collins Cup team triathlons, as well as at the 2022 edition of Ironman Switzerland. But Ryf, 35, says she wasn’t aware that the Speedo Tri Elite suit was outlawed until she was informed by Ironman global […]

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Stone Skipping Is a Lost Art. Kurt Steiner Wants the World to Find It.

On a clear-skied morning in March, Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner stood at a lonely bend of Sinnemahoning Creek, deep inside Pennsylvania’s Elk State Forest. He was dressed in a black hoodie and Dollar General jeans that hid his athletic 56-year-old frame, and wore a brown beanie that pressed his long gray hair and Rasputinesque beard […]

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Insiders Guide to Rafting the Grand Canyon

Rafting the Grand Canyon is a bucket-list trip for many people and a spectacular way to fully experience the beauty, solitude and unique environment of this natural wonder. Along your rafting trip, you’ll have opportunities to stop and do hikes to Ancestral Puebloan sites, see waterfalls, swim in turquoise waters and spot wildlife like bighorn […]

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Inside One of the Craziest Long Weekends of Lifeguard Rescues in Oahu History

During the second week of July on the island of Oahu, no one could stop talking about the huge incoming south swell. News of it was a hot topic among lifeguards, residents, and visitors alike, and as John Titchen, chief of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety Division, traded texts and emails with other local emergency-response-system staffs in preparation, […]

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Chris Bertish Fought Through Raucous Waves and a Head Injury on His Historic Trans-Pacific Trek

In mid-July, a massive southerly swell pounded Hawaii with once-in-a-decade waves that prompted some surfers to label it the best of all time. Aboard his custom-built survival craft, surfer and ocean adventurer Chris Bertish got an up-close view of the heaving ocean.  Bertish was in the final stretch of his Trans-Pacific Wing Project, a historic […]

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Donald Lawson Is Poised to Rip Up Sailing’s Record Books

On a rainy fall morning in 2005, Donald Lawson got a phone call from his sailing hero, Bruce Schwab, asking if he would be willing to drop everything and join him on a trip down the East Coast. Lawson, then 23, had been honing his sailing skills for more than a decade, first at Baltimore’s […]

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The Best Swimsuits and Boardshorts of 2022

Nike HydraLock Fusion Racerback One Piece ($90) (Photo: Courtesy Nike) If you want to feel fast, Nike’s Fusion is your pick. Its quick-drying polyester-spandex blend has a firm stretch for maximum support (“It locks everything in,” said one DD-cup tester), and its grippy, triangular interior pattern prevents fabric creep during activity. All this performance comes […]

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