Boating & Water News

A Quick and Dangerous Surf Guide to Mexico’s Southern Baja
A Quick and Dangerous Surf Guide to Mexico’s Southern Baja

Heading for the villa at one of the many breaks along the southern coast of Baja, Mexico. Photo: David Moran.. Operating on a tip that surfing in Mexico is better than surfing in California, I booked a two-hour flight from Los Angeles to check it out for myself.. It’s true. The water is warmer, the...

Jan 22, 2021
Seen on the river: snake eating fish
Seen on the river: snake eating fish

This cannot stand. I’m paddling in the Delaware River a couple of weeks ago, and a snake swims by me with a big fish in its mouth. Amazing. Weird.. I ran to my car to get my camera and ran back to the river to get a photo of the snake trying to swallow the...

Jan 22, 2021
A Long Fling with Montana Fly Fishing
A Long Fling with Montana Fly Fishing

I’ve been traveling to fly fish on the Missouri River near Craig, Montana, for eight years now.. My father, brother and I do this for the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the art of the sport and the camaraderie that comes with spending a long day in the wild.. It’s an amazing place with...

Jan 22, 2021
Pioneering South African whitewater kayaker killed by crocodile
Pioneering South African whitewater kayaker killed by crocodile

Hendrik Coetzee, a pioneering South Africa whitewater kayaker and river explorer, was killed by a crocodile while paddling last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.. Coetzee, 35, was on an Eddie Bauer-sponsored expedition down the Lukugu River in the Central Congo with American kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic.. The three paddlers were in...

Jan 22, 2021
Western states debate river access for paddlers
Western states debate river access for paddlers

We all own the rivers, right?. Not so fast. Paddler’s rights to navigate Western rivers will be a matter of debate this spring.. Trouble’s brewing in Utah. More accurately, it’s brewed and has begun to froth. The state legislature is debating the rights of paddlers to navigate the state’s river, according to American Whitewater.. One...

Jan 22, 2021
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico
Surfing the Winter Away in Rincón, Puerto Rico

A lucky dude surfing in late winter at Sandy Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.. The waiter was suspiciously tan. My friends and I had decided to splurge one night during our trip to Rincón, Puerto Rico, at a swanky Spanish villa-style restaurant where they serve the food under silver hoods, like in old movies.....

Oct 20, 2020
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD
Everest movie, The Wildest Dream, coming out on DVD

The Wildest Dream, a National Geographic movie about climber Conrad Anker finding George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest 75 years after his death, comes out on DVD on March 15, 2011. You can pre-order it through Virgil Films and other online DVD sellers.. Here’s the description of the movie from the website:. George Mallory...

Oct 16, 2020
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer
Epic surfing documentary series releases Australia trailer

The Australians are laughing at us. As we break out sweaters and chapstick here in the Northern Hemisphere, they continue their campaign of “slip, slop, slap” – slipping on a shirt, sloping on sunscreen, slapping on a hat. Okay. We get it. You live in a sun drenched paradise. . Now, to give the Aussies...

Oct 16, 2020
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon
Coke lobbying stops plastic bottle ban in Grand Canyon

A Hiker on the South Kaibab Trail about half-way to Phantom Ranch. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.. After intense lobbying by Coca Cola, the head of the National Park Service has blocked a plan to stop selling plastic bottles in Grand Canyon National Park, a policy intended to reduce plastic litter.. Fed...

Oct 16, 2020
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up
Dam on popular Washington whitewater run done got blown up

After nearly a century, the White Salmon River in Washington has been freed, opening a popular whitewater paddling run to natural water flows. On October 26, engineering blew up Condit Dam, which had constricted the flow of the river and covered a large stretch of the river bed since 1913.. “New and improved recreational...

Oct 16, 2020
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix
Trailer for the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix

The 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix puts together the world’s top whitewater kayakers to race on Eastern Canada’s high-volume rivers in a multi-stage, multi-discipline spectacle. A taste of the action is offered by this promo video for the case. .

Dec 28, 2014
Indonesian River Wave that Defies Description
Indonesian River Wave that Defies Description

Last month, we posted about surfers riding a 5-mile tidal bore up Alaska’s Turnagain Arm. Pretty cool. But this wave that Rip Curl team surfers, including Tom Curren, found in Indonesia is something else.. The spot, called Seven Ghosts, breaks in rows of giant chocolate milk barrels. It’s pretty mind blowing..

Apr 11, 2012
Largest Wave Ever Surfed?
Largest Wave Ever Surfed?

A video of Greg McNamara surfing a huge wave in Portugal is circulating the web along with claims that it was 90-feet tall and the largest wave ever surfed. What do you think? .

Nov 09, 2011
New Sunscreen Labels Include Broad Spectrum and Water Resistance Ratings
New Sunscreen Labels Include Broad Spectrum and Water Resistance Ratings

New sunscreen labeling guidelines released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday will help people headed outdoors better protect their skin from the sun, according to federal health officials.. The new guidelines will require sunscreen labels to disclose whether a. sunscreen protects against a broad spectrum of sunlight and how long it. remains effective...

Jun 15, 2011
Running an 82-Foot Waterfall in a Tandem Whitewater Kayak
Running an 82-Foot Waterfall in a Tandem Whitewater Kayak

The more the merrier when kayaking 80-foot waterfalls. In this video, Todd Wells and Sam Freihofer paddle a Topo Duo tandem kayak over Metlako Falls on Eagle Creek in Oregon. Well claims it is the tallest waterfall every run in a two-person whitewater kayak.. Here’s his account from his blog:. One final time we discussed our game plan,...

May 03, 2011
Surfing a 5-Mile Wave in Alaska
Surfing a 5-Mile Wave in Alaska

This may be the perfect use for a standup paddleboard: Surfing a tidal bore.. In its winter issue, SUP Magazine published this video of Eric Newberry, Dave Calkins and Mike McCune catching a 5-mile ride on a tidal bore up Turnagain Arm, an branch of Cook Inlet near Girdwood, Alaska.. It’s difficult to catch the wave on...

Mar 21, 2011
Surfing 30-Foot Waves at Night
Surfing 30-Foot Waves at Night

On Wednesday night at 2 a.m. Hawaiian time, Australian big-wave surfer Mark Visser caught a 30-foot wave at Jaws, the big wave break off Maui. Cringe inspiring video below.. Visser had LED lights embedded in his life jacket and submarine lights in his surfboard. A helicopter followed him with a spotlight.. “It wasn’t until I saw the pictures...

Jan 21, 2011