Recreation

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Four Quirky, Kooky Moments of Oregon Coast History

Written history around these shores doesn’t go back very far: Europeans hadn’t really touched this place much until decades after Lewis & Clark. It makes for about 150 years of worth of records. But local tribes passed on some more ancient moments by mouth, and geologists started putting other parts of the puzzle together in the ages before tribes could remember.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Texas: State awards $1.5M for Cameron County park projects

Cameron County has received over $1.5 million in grant money from the Texas General Land Office for several coastal county projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Florida: Okaloosa might ban biz activity on spoil islands

Okaloosa County Commission discusses possible rule and fee changes for vendors at the county’s public beaches; county might ban commercial activity on islands in Santa Rosa Sound

International
Recreation

Technically, This Is the Most Perfect Stretch of Beach In the World

There’s a pretty well-worn backpacker route that runs from Southeast Asia all the way down to New Zealand.

Coastwide
Recreation

How Surfing Does (and Doesn't) Help our Mental Health

Sunny Garcia scares me. Always has. For one reason or another, when I was a young surfer in the early 1990s, I picked Sunny out of the constellation of hard-ass Hawaiians I could have feared to be the surfing boogeyman. Of course, I had nothing to fear from Sunny, or Johnny Boy Gomes, or Marvin Foster, or any of their contemporaries from where I lived, thousands of miles away on the Central Coast of California, with plenty of deranged beardos yelling at unfamiliar faces over wonky reefbreaks I should have been afraid of instead. But, nope, it was Sunny who haunted me. I’d flip through the pages of surf mags and see Sunny glaring out at me through an ad. Press play on a video and watch him cleave a poor North Shore wave in half with an honest-to-god man turn. Walk into a surf shop and see a poster of him standing tall and buff in a horrifying inside Sunset barrel and I’d be intimidated, a little frightened even. Not just because the dude looked like he could flay the skin of a haole’s back with one sideways glance, but because his entire approach to waves—powerful, consequential waves—called my hesitant ass into question. This was a man for whom the concept of “fear” could not possibly exist. His badassery frightened me because it reflected my own shortcomings back in a big, giant mirror. When I first ventured to the North Shore, my main concern was not in any way pissing Sunny off.

West Coast
Recreation

Surf's PUP! Adorable moment therapy dog Ricochet helps disabled children and adults learn to ride the waves

This adorable Golden Retriever offers emotional support to veterans and vulnerable riders as a surf therapy dog.

International
Recreation

Shark attack: Shark bites off tourist's foot, mauls another at Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Canberra, Australia — A shark bit off a British tourist's foot and mauled another British tourist's leg on Tuesday as the men snorkeled on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials said.

West Coast
Recreation

Photos: Halloween surfers come out in costume for annual spooky surf event

Surfers in costume participate in the 13th Annual Blackies Halloween Surf event in Newport Beach, California on Oct. 26, 2019. Getting festive for Halloween, the surfers dressed up in their best costumes to hit the waves. The event is held on the last Saturday before Halloween.

International
Recreation

Sailing Ireland’s west coast: the wild, watery Atlantic way

A journey through ancient isles, myths and deadly seas along the western coast of Ireland

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Bowfishing outlawed at Navarre Beach

NAVARRE BEACH — Alvin Pittman has used his cast net to fish for mullet in Navarre Beach waters nearly every week for 50 years.

West Coast
Recreation

Opinion: State should approve new San Francisco Bay nature park

The California State Lands Commission has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an all-natural shoreline park on Burlingame’s bayfront, just south of San Francisco International Airport.

Southeast
Recreation

Florida: This beach park has been 30 years in the making. Palm Beach County may further delay it

Lucia Milani sold a 5.6-acre oceanfront parcel to Palm Beach County in 1987 with a promise that the county park be named for her late husband. She’s still waiting for it to be fulfilled.