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​VIDEO: The Vorhees Brothers Take on the Zambezi River

Kayaking is fun. Traveling to kayak is funner. Traveling to kayak with your family is the funnest. To kick off the new year kayakers Alec, Hayden and Connor Voorhees traveled to Zambia to take on the mighty Zambezi River. It would be their first international kayaking trip together. While older brother, Alec, and middle brother, Hayden, had been on quite a few adventures before, it was the first time that little brother, Connor could join. Experiencing the cultural surprises and wildlife of foreign destinations is one thing, but coupling that with paddling a new river alongside your siblings created a unique environment. And they didn't check their sibling rivalry in Idaho, instead, they used the brotherly love and competition to push each other on the water, egging one another on to throw the biggest kickflip or stay upright the longest in some silly gnarly whitewater.

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‘Surf Sisters:’ How Surf Therapy Helps Heal Grief and Loss
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‘Surf Sisters:’ How Surf Therapy Helps Heal Grief and Loss

‘Surf Sisters:’ How Surf Therapy Helps Heal Grief and Loss

In National Geographic’s new short doc series, IMPACT, a six-part doc series that follows the stories of six women who make an impact in their communities across the globe, we are especially drawn to Episode 2, 'Surf Sisters,' which takes place in Half Moon Bay, California.  Grief and loss are universal feelings. With this past year being quite isolating during the pandemic, that sentiment holds true as most of us move through these emotions. This is especially true for Kelsey, who lost her

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A 13-Year-Old Just Won Olympic Street Skateboarding Gold
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A 13-Year-Old Just Won Olympic Street Skateboarding Gold

A 13-Year-Old Just Won Olympic Street Skateboarding Gold

If this isn’t a hometown hero story, then we’re not sure what is. With skateboarding finally debuting in the Tokyo Olympics (a win for action sports in general), two Japanese riders took full advantage of their home court to make action sports history. First, in the men’s street competition, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome took home the first-ever skateboarding gold medal for his home country, only to be followed up by 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya in the women’s competition a day later. Horigome

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VIDEO: Johanna Brebner and Aiyana Powell Hunt for Sub-Zero Surf
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VIDEO: Johanna Brebner and Aiyana Powell Hunt for Sub-Zero Surf

VIDEO: Johanna Brebner and Aiyana Powell Hunt for Sub-Zero Surf

If you don't like cold water surfing, this is the video to change your mind. Need Essential's new surf edit follows surfers Johanna Brebner and Aiyana Powell (sometimes on snowshoes) through snowy fjords as they search for totally, sometimes imperfectly perfect, unpopulated waves. With amazing landscapes and even better vibes, "On Top of the World" really grounds you in why we all got started with our hobbies in the first place: For the pure joy and fun of it, of course. Watch it