Em-J Staples

Em-J Staples is an editor for author Dave Eggers and has written stories for Smith Journal, HUCK Magazine, United Airlines, and Roots Rated. Based in Northern California, she enjoys surfing, climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing the drums.

Did Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Build the World’s Most Perfect Wave?

And what does it mean for surfing? As his technological feat is revealed, the surf world contemplates a game changer. A perfect, head-high, barreling wave has just been discovered. It doesn’t depend on the weather, or the swell, or even the ocean itself—and it’s always flawless. The first to surf it? Sporting icon and 11-time…

Climate Change Could Melt the $60 Billion Snow Sports Industry. Can COP21 Make a Difference?

Winter sports is a $60 billion industry that props up 900,000 U.S. jobs, but because of climate change it could be melting away before our eyes. Since the 1960s the Northern Hemisphere has lost nearly a million miles of spring snow cover and that trend shows no signs of stopping. “Even if we stopped everything…