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VIDEO: Nate Florence’s Guide to Duck Diving vs. Bailing

When surfing at a big break, the challenges start long before dropping in on a wave. Just getting out into the lineup can be a struggle, with breaking waves posing a daunting obstacle to any surfer paddling out under their own power.

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There are two main strategies for getting around breaking waves: Duck diving and bailing board. Not sure what either of those things are? Unsure when to duck and when to bail? Want to improve your technique? Never fear, dear reader, because Nathan Florence is here to give you a crash course.

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Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’

Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands don’t classify as your typical surf getaway. You can’t just hop on a plane and arrive at the beach. Most trips require a bush plane ride, then a boat ride, which is then followed by a hike. RELATED: All-time Nias Barrel Session with Nick Von Rupp But if you’re willing to put up with the absurd travel logistics, you’ll find a corner of the ocean that’s mostly untouched, uninhabited, and flanked by breathtaking scenery. For surfers Harrison Roach, Parker Coffin, and

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“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing

Female surfers have fought for years to be included in big wave competitions, despite overarching patriarchal attitudes that insisted that they weren’t up to the challenge. Pioneer big wave surfer Paige Alms will even tell you about the time when an announcer at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational said that "girls just aren’t good enough", even though she and her friends were already surfing the same waves as men. RELATED: Op-ed — The Power of Language in the Outdoors Thankfully, women like

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Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film
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Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film

Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film

When a guy like Jimmy Chin says he’s out of his comfort zone that means a lot. Even though he’s summited Everest multiple times, put down the first ascent on Meru, crossed the Chang Tang Plateau on foot, and won a shiny Academy Award, Chin still hasn’t done it all. In an interview, he was once asked what’s next on the list, and he replied, “get barreled.” When photographer Jeff Johnson heard that, he assembled an all star team—Mark Healey, Jon Rose, Keith Malloy, and Dan Malloy—to get Chin in