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Surfing goes neoprene free

Let’s be honest: Surfing in a neoprene wetsuit is like going camping with a tent that’s made from trees — the ecological irony is undeniable. Yet, it’s not something that gets talked about much in the lineup. Perhaps it’s because the idea of finding an alternative to...

Reviving Shane McConkey

The new documentary 'McConkey' explores the life and untimely death of ski BASE jumper Shane McConkey, one of extreme sports' most innovative athletes. J.T. Holmes, McConkey's ski BASE partner, watched his best friend die trying to do a double back flip into a...

Who You Calling a Bum?

Ski towns are changing — so are the skiers who live in them. I don't care what my friend Andrew says, he's a ski bum. He'll remind you that he works at least 50 hours per week as an executive chef and pulls in enough to cover a mortgage in tony North Lake Tahoe. He'll...

Split Standard: Splitboarders Take on the Ski-Centric AMGA

As splitboarders earn their stripes in the world of professional guiding, a few pioneers are rewriting the ski-centric certification model of the American Mountain Guide Association In the spring of 2009, snowboard guide Jamie Weeks was facing a tough climb. He was in...

The Best Workouts Are Child’s Play

Being fit is about constant movement, and children are in constant motion during playtime at the jungle gym. Why not join their lead? Imagine a universe where exercise has nothing to do with heart-rate monitors or intervals. A place where fun trumps everything else....

The Black Keys, in the Beginning

Some called it modern blues, some said it was simply rock 'n' roll — The Black Keys reshaped the Mississippi Delta Sound with their red hot twist on tradition. If The Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach happened to fall ill on the day you were meant to meet the...

A Splitboarding Adventure in the Beartooths

Splitboard touring is fast paced and fast growing — drop into the deep end in Montana’s remote Beartooth range. As I hit the exposed summit ridge of Mount Fox, an 11,240-foot peak in Montana’s Beartooth range, there was simply no escaping the arctic wind. But the...

How Hollywood Filmed a Movie on Everest

To capture professional-grade footage on the world’s highest peak, the makers of Everest turned to a Colorado cameraman who got his start shooting for Warren Miller. When an office-building-sized block of ice in the Khumbu Icefall dislodged during the 2014 Himalaya...

Life-Hacking Special: How to Eat, Train, Work, and Sleep Better

Sure, you could stick with your old routine. Or you could break out of your rut with the help of experts and elite athletes. There has to be a better way. And there is—to eat, train, work, and sleep. It starts with asking the right questions of the world's top experts...

@JustinBieber: #Cliff Diving is Dangerous

Elite cliff diver David Colturi on the pop star’s popped eardrum and the dangers of the sport. When you think of bravery, you do not think of Justin Bieber. But, beliebe it or not, the pop star injured himself yesterday, partaking in what could be the world’s oldest...

Cloud Seeding Can Help Increase Snowfall — But Should It?

With low-tide snow years on repeat, a couple of old snowboard bums are using cloud seeding science to make the flurries fly, and they’re getting better. It’s late March in the High Sierra, a time when the 8,600-foot ridgeline that Frank McDonough is standing on would...

Are Climbing Gyms the New Crossfit?

Dozens of massive climbing facilities, decked out with yoga studios, fitness areas, and juice bars are luring a new breed of fitness buff. It's a Monday evening in New York, and the after-work rush is on at gyms around the city. Mike Rocks, a 32-year-old account...

Lolo Jones Dances With the Stars

The Olympic track star steps up her training for an entirely different challenge — season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones is used to stepping out of her comfort zone — but maybe not quite this far. Today, it was announced that the 60-meter...

Caity Lotz: A Rare Bird in Hollywood

Caity Lotz comes back from the dead as the White Canary in the CW’s Arrow spin-off 'Legends of Tomorrow.' Making the leap from the cerebral world of Mad Men to the superhero universe requires a rare combination of brains and brawn. And Caity Lotz’s career is taking...

Dive With Sharks and Live to Tell About it

Everything You Need to Know About All the Sharks You Can Swim With When Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning fended off a shark on live TV last year, he instantly became the world’s biggest badass. Of course, if you ask Mick about it he’ll just shrug and say “fending...

A Guy’s Guide to Shopping the Farmers Market

Swap the produce aisle for farm-to-table and your body will thank you. Farmers’ markets can be daunting places, full of foods you can’t pronounce and people who seem to have way too much free time on their hands. But they’re also full of high-impact foods, and ensure...

Extreme Foraging in New Zealand

Your Next Great Meal Is in This Tiny New Zealand Surf Town I’d made the journey to New Zealand’s remote Fiordland coast in search of empty waves—the sort of waves that exist only in places you have to either helicopter to or hike to for five days. Within an hour of...

Swimming With Sensors to Get the Gold

Olympic swimmers are using high-tech motion-capture sensors designed by BMW to go faster In swimming, form is just as crucial as force. Getting the smallest detail—even the angle of your ankle—just right is an obsession for the elite because it can mean the difference...

The Man Who Makes 007 Go Boom

In the new James Bond movie Spectre, all the crazy explosions and collapsing buildings are created by one guy. And he’s not even the main villain Staring across a completely empty Westminster Bridge in central London is, well, weird. It's a clear, damp night and I can...

A Mysterious Death at the South Pole

During the 24 hours that Rodney Marks's life was slipping away from him, he had plenty of time to contemplate his predicament. He knew he was trapped, cut off from adequate medical attention, about as far from civilization as one can get on this planet. He knew that...

Build Brute Strength With Sandbags

Sandbag training has been used by the military for decades to ready soldiers for dragging or carrying awkward loads, whether it’s an injured comrade or, well, a bunch of sandbags. Now more and more “fitness” sandbags are on the market—and functional-fitness trainers...