Surf & Snow

Paddleboarding Aruba: The Spanish Lagoon

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Paddleboarding Aruba The Spanish Lagoon
I paddled myself from Aruba’s turquoise waters off of the southwestern coast into the black saltwater of the Spanish Lagoon. The channel was still and opaque. Suddenly, a miniature geyser broke the surface. The shock unbalanced me. I steadied myself and watched as a black tube periscoped up. A swollen body followed. The man, who had been submerged for at least two minutes, finally took a few Vaderish breaths through his snorkel. A thin metal spike floated up beside him. Read more

Learning to Kitesurf in Aruba: The Kite Experience

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Learning to Kitesurf in Aruba

When most people envision kitesurfing, they think, at the very least, of having a kite to harness the winds above their head and a board to skim the seas. Well, that’s what I thought, too. But when I when I was learning to kitesurf in Aruba, things didn’t exactly go as I had expected. Read more

Paddleboarding Buzzards Bay

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Paddleboarding Buzzards Bay

From the sound of it, a paddle through Buzzards Bay connotes an adventure across some liquid wasteland, where scavenger birds wait on rocks for some hapless paddleboarder to be done in by jagged boulders or lurking creatures. In fact, an equally grim scene presented itself in 1991 when Hurricane Bob destroyed the coastline and then again twelve years later when a ship leaked nearly 100,000 gallons of oil into the bay, killing an abundance of shellfish and birds. But during my stand-up voyage through the nooks and crannies of Buzzards Bay and out into the open jade waters, I was hard-pressed to find anything devastating. Read more

Surfing New Hampshire

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Surfing New Hampshire
It had been my first surf trip up the coast from New York. Maine was our end destination. Matt was my companion. We were looking to find waves. After taking more than fifteen detours off the highway and winding down roads that ostensibly led to surf, we found ourselves confronted with the waveless shores of Rhode Island, a perplexingly flat Cape Cod, and the pancake seas of Kennebunkport. That first night, we pitched our tent, Swiss-army-knifed open a can of baked beans, and wondered how many tanks of gas we would burn through before finding a wave in New England. Read more

Snowboarding the White Mountains

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Snowboarding the White Mountains

Just below the evergreens that grow at the peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the world below looks like a sepia-toned photograph: bare black deciduous trees, slopes blanketed in white, tanned cottages and resorts, gray puffs from the hidden fireplaces at work, and off-white granite. That’s the scene in winter in this section of the state and skiing or snowboarding the White Mountains is the best way to take it all in. There are eight ski ares in the White Mountains. I had the opportunity to ride two: Loon and Cannon. Read more