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Surfing Remote Waves in Madagascar

When we surf we try to capture the context of the waves, their identity. The human and cultural elements give us part of the story, and collecting water samples for the Global Microplastics Initiative helps us fill in the physical side. I can’t save the world, but I can help, and I do that by collecting samples for Adventure Scientists.

A Surfing World’s-First in the South Atlantic

If you are lucky, once in your lifetime you may get the chance to experience something no one else on this planet has ever previously experienced …

Life with the Ocean: Sharks & Surfers

By now most of us have seen the incredible footage of pro-surfer Mick Fanning fending off what experts are saying was likely a great white shark in the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The video was dramatic, but thankfully Fanning and the shark both escaped the incident unharmed. I love sharks and I love to…

West Papua’s Unbroken Waves and Untested Waters

An international team of top surfers reports back from one of their favorite places to travel, explore, surf, and collect samples of the microplastics contaminating the world’s water.

March 1, 2015: Photographing a Revolution, Collecting Subway Bacteria and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they swab New York’s subways for bacteria, plan the perfect surf getaway, photograph a revolution, study the world’s most important fish, meet a glow in the dark shark, leave and return to a beloved homeland, learn the best way to eat a banana, and plan for sea level rise.

There’s Something in the Water

Although smaller than five millimeters in size, microplastic particles contaminating our oceans and rivers likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk.

Watch: Surfing Goat and 5 Other Animals That Catch Waves

A surfing goat has inspired its own YouTube channel and children’s book, but it’s not the only pet that’s been trained to catch waves.

March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

A Conversation w/ Project Save Our Surf’s Co-Founder—Actress & Surfer Tanna Frederick

Born and raised in Iowa—true thespian—Tanna Frederick—relocated to Hollywood after graduating as the valedictorian of her class at the University of Iowa. She did so double majoring in theater and political science! I think that the scholastic achievement was, at the very least, a hint that the actress had ambitious aspirations in life. Tanna arrived…

August 11, 2013: Holding our Breath in Underwater Caves, Biking Across Kyrgyzstan Mountains, and More

Join us this week, as we explore the labyrinth of underwater caves deep under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for clues of its Mayan past, cycle solo through Central Asian mountain passes to climb remote peaks, and debunk American historical myths from the Wild West to the Surfin’ Safari.

Ducks Learn to Surf for Food (Video)

By Allie Wilkinson There’s a new type of surfer on California‘s beaches: Mallard ducks are catching waves to get crabs, a new study says. Rather than avoiding water that washes up the beach like other foraging shorebirds, the mallards allow themselves to be lifted by the water and deposited down the beach. (Also see “Inside the Curl:…

Can a Lionfish-Patterned Suit Repel Sharks?

“Rash guards,” also called “rash vests” and “rashies,” may not be that well known to the general public, but they have been used by water sports jocks for years. Made of spandex and nylon or polyester, the synthetic material resembles a wet suit, but instead of keeping the wearer warm, it helps cool them off.…

Nat Geo WILD: Thanksgiving on ‘Shark Attack Experiment’

Seeing as yesterday was Thanksgiving back home, I am thankful to have had my best morning yet on “Shark Attack Experiment Live” despite only having 4 hours sleep. Yesterday, I was welcomed into the home of one of our divers Olivia Symcox and her wonderful husband Russel & their two fabulous dogs Shadow and Avo,…

Nat Geo WILD: ‘I Survived a Shark Attack’

By Becky Chapman, shark attack survivor August 19th, 2001. I was going to spend the day at the beach like any other Sunday. As I was leaving my house, my mother warned me of the three shark attacks at the surfing contest at New Smyrna Beach the day before. Thinking the odds of me being…

A Surfer’s Journey From Source to Sea

National Geographic Young Explorer, photographer, and surfer Shannon Switzer goes to adventurous extremes to help people make the often-ignored connection between rivers and the ocean.