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Artwork by Kim Diggs for the FCD Japan Relief T-shirt.

Japan Rising

By Mark Shimahara   |   Nov 15, 2011 November 15, 2011

March 11, 2011. A most memorable birthday as a murderous tsunami took thousands of lives, left hundreds of thousands homeless, and demolished villages in Japan. Halfway around the world, as I mourned the loss, I contacted relatives in Tokyo, volunteered for a… Read More

Runnin’ the Tidal Rapids

Runnin’ the Tidal Rapids

By Liz Clark   |   Nov 10, 2011 November 10, 2011

With a brief window of calm winds, Crystal and I readied Swell to move east among the atolls. With the news of Barry’s passing, I wanted to check out what was rumored to be a new boatyard on an obscure strip… Read More

Hayden Kennedy in base camp, with K6 rising in the background. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Notes from Pakistan – Part 1

By Kelly Cordes   |   Oct 18, 2011 October 18, 2011

I just returned from seven weeks in Pakistan, where I took a few notes: • Getting from the States to Islamabad went smooth as silk. Best airline ever? Emirates. “Baller,” as Hayden put it. Side note: “Baller” is not, as I’d ignorantly… Read More

Back to Patagonia

Back to Patagonia

By Crystal Thornburg-Homcy   |   Oct 3, 2011 October 3, 2011

It's been about 4 1/2 years since my last trip to Patagonia, but my memories of the vast landscapes, milky blue rivers, and wild animals had never left my mind. What really left an impact on me was the thought of this place, being DESTROYED by dams, deforestation, mining,… Read More

Photo: Malcolm Johnson

Combing the Coast

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Sep 1, 2011 September 1, 2011

If you’ve ever read a story about surfing on the Canadian coast, you’re pretty sure to have read a few boilerplate paragraphs about how pristine it is in this part of the world. How bears and wolves stroll past the tent sites on the shoreline, perhaps, or how the lineups… Read More

Approaching one of the cliffs in Ten Sleep Canyon. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Notes from Ten Sleep

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jul 29, 2011 July 29, 2011

In contrast to the mountains of Chamonix, but in a similar vein of easy access, I recently headed north to a beautiful spot in Wyoming called Ten Sleep. I took a few notes: • The official name is Ten Sleep. I thought my illiterate friends who pronounce… Read More

Patagonia Time-Lapse Video

Patagonia Time-Lapse Video

By Adam Colton   |   Jul 25, 2011 July 25, 2011

Notice in the video the subtle movement, the wind toppling the foreground.  Imagine the scene you see but in the broader spectrum of the whole surroundings. Editor’s note: Last week we shared the trailer for Long Treks on Skate Decks' new video series from Morocco. Adam… Read More