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Brainwaves: A Story of Kayaking and Mental Health

Most kayakers aren't strangers to injury or illness while paddling abroad. Dislocated shoulders, broken backs, concussions, and whatever that weird sickness everyone gets in Ecuador can all be fairly common parts of the sport. For Brooke Hess, injuries and illness took her from the best paddling year of her life to fighting tooth and nail for her mental health. An undiagnosed illness she contracted while training in Uganda along with a bad concussion from a missed line on Huka Falls in New Zealand left Hess trying to manage her health and spiraling into a dark place. Brainwaves tells Hess' amazing story of managing her health-- both physical and mental in the extreme kayaking space. Her journey serves as an inspiration to athletes in all disciplines struggling with injury, illness, and mental health. 

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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: The Vorhees Brothers Take on the Zambezi River
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​VIDEO: The Vorhees Brothers Take on the Zambezi River

​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