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Hawaii: Catch Waves in Oahu

Learn to surf from the pros in a tropical paradise.   What Is It? Never surfed before? Have a lot of experience? Either way, lessons or a full-immersion surf camp on Oahu’s legendary North Shore will improve your skills in no time. Beginners: You’ll gain confidence and all the information you need to catch your…

I am a terrible surfer. Let that be stated now. Dropping into my first perfectly forming left-hand roller at Beng Beng’s, a popular surf break in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands, I was about as terrified out of my wits as I have been in any situation. After crashing into the white wash after a mere several…

You know you’re on to something good when you’re willing to travel thousands of miles for a sport, practice for days, get absolutely pummeled in the ocean, and you still want more. Welcome to kiteboarding. It’s known to be addictive—even when you face plant. I couldn’t resist trying it after witnessing the beauty and grace…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “I hope I get under this,” was the thought going through surfer Sean Woolnough‘s mind as he rose on this wave, named Love Shacks, off Namotu Island, Fiji. Woolnough had just paddled out for the first wave, missed it, and turned around to…

SMASH FEST 1 is a monthlong series of film, art, and community events that will span the New York area, from Brooklyn to Long Beach, Montauk, and Rockaway Beach. It will bring to life all of what SMASH stands for—surf, movies, art, shaping, history. The film festival will also be the first profit-sharing surf film…

See surfing photos submitted to us by adventurers like you >> For all of human history, waves have been a byword for “danger.” They drown swimmers, sink ships, and swamp entire towns with an inexorability and indifference that mocks the frailty of man in the intermittent roar and murmur of moving water. While many old…

See more photos in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery >> As head photographer for the Oakley Pro Bali in Keramas, Indonesia this June, Russ Hennings juggled the typical challenges of covering a large, pro surf event. Joel Parkinson won the entire event, but earlier in the week, the pros hit the waves, at…

Each Thursday in June we’ll be featuring a different film from the MoveShake film series. This week’s film is about Alison Gannett, a world champion extreme freeskier. With three non-profits, two for-profits, a 75-acre farm, and a professional skiing career, Alison Gannett has a lot on her plate. Although, as a warrior for climate change, there is…

Learn how the photographer got the shot and see more images like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery: http://on.natgeo.com/i3409T Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Mark Healey: I was thinking that falling wasn’t an option! A: Tell us about this wave? What was it like to ride it? M.H.: This wave…

Beach 87th St. / Surfing After Sandy from Lukas Huffman on Vimeo. The film Beach 87th St. / Surfing After Sandy tells the story of surfing and recovery at the closest wave to New York City. Focusing on the stories of two surfing families who weathered Hurricane Sandy and are now rebuilding their lives and…

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “We wanted to experience winter at its fullest,” recalls photographer and surfer Chris Burkard on shooting in Iceland and Norway’s bitter, icy conditions. “We thought spring was the coldest time of year, and we were right. It was brutal, but it also meant…

For our Extreme Photo of the Week, photographer Ray Collins was awarded the 2012 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year award for his image of Australian surfer Mark Mathews riding the wave known as “The Right” in West Australia. The award recognizes the “best of the best” in the Australian surf photography industry.“This day was…

Over the next two weeks we will introduce each of the new Adventurers of the Year here on our blog. Be sure to cast your vote every day for the People's Choice Award. See photos of all the Adventurers of the Year! Surfing likes its legends. When the surf media started comparing a teenage girl from Hawaii with…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy Cory Scott, O'Neill When you hear the term “surfing competition” what images come to mind? California, palm trees, tropical blue water, guys with blonde hair who begin every sentence with “dude…”? That’s pretty spot on. However, wetsuit company O’Neill works on a slightly different paradigm. Every year they run the…

 Photograph courtesy Daniel Russo January 20 and 21 saw the biggest waves of the winter to pound Hawaii so far. Those surfers who were skilled enough and brave enough waxed up their big boards and headed to spots like Jaws in Maui, Outer Log Cabins, Oahu, and, of course, the spiritual home of big wave…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photographs courtesy of Chris Burkhard What were you doing when you were 24 years old? While most people are entering the work force or moving into their first apartments, photographer Chris Burkard is winning the Red Bull Illume contest. The Illume is a yearly competition that endeavors to choose the best action…

Photo by Nathan Smith, Red Bull Illume Contest Winner, Category: Close UpAbout the Shot The shot here is of one of my mates and fellow central coaster Andrew Mooney. He’s one damn charger on a surfboard and he’s got all the tricks. He now mainly concentrates on free surfing and is always great to shoot.…

By Tetsuhiko Endo, reporting from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico for the Rip Curl Pro Search competition Last week was one of the most momentous in the history of competitive surfing. In seven wild days near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, 22-year-old Stephanie Gilmore claimed her fourth world title in as many years (a feat unequaled in the history of…

Photograph by Chris Burkard, Red Bull Illume Which photo is your favorite from this year's collection of Red Bull Illume adventure photo contest winners? Here's one of ours from the "Illumination" category. Click through to see the photo gallery >> About the Shot It was a last-minute decision to go to Chile. We sat in…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endp; Photographs and video by Mickey Smith An often overlooked fact of adventure is that outdoor photographers are often the same calibre of athlete as the men and women they capture on film. From the early Himalayan masterpieces of the Italian mountain maestro Vittorio Sella to Ansel Adams’ striking portraits of the…

  By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Dove Shore, Redbull Photofiles. See more surfing photos of Maya Gabeira >> In her short, but brilliant career, Brazilian big-wave surfer and a 2009 Adventurer of the Year Maya Gabeira has made very few missteps. Discounting the slew of broken noses she has sustained, she is a four-time Billabong…

  By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Ron Dahlquist, My Shot  Contrary to popular belief, the summer is not a great time to be an American surfer. The sun is out and the water is warm(er), but the beaches are crowded, testy lifeguards limit access during certain hours, and most important, the waves simply aren’t that good. Atlantic…

We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a new,…

See more Everest photos by Jake Norton here. MOUNTAINSThere is no doubt that mountaineering is one of the great adventure sports. It puts people in concert with the forces of nature in a way that few other pursuits can. However, what the triumphant summit pictures and unforgettable stories often fail to depict is the crushing…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When it comes to surfing, cold water has little to recommend it. Other than the plus of heralding the typically larger waves of winter, it also means thicker, more restrictive wetsuits, the addition of booties and hoods, and—sometimes—creepy, bitey swimming things. But…