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Can Surfing Reprogram the Veteran’s Brain?

An ex-SEAL turns to “ocean therapy” to cope with chronic pain and PTSD.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Surfing
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Landays: Cries of the Pashtun Women

On the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, women express themselves through fierce short poems.

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Can Sylvia Earle Save the Oceans?

“As the world’s best-known oceanographer—Sylvia is to our era what Jacques Cousteau was to an earlier one—she feels a heavy responsibility. In her lifetime, she has seen the ocean damaged in ways humans never thought it could be. The ongoing disaster leaves her mournful, desolate, and sometimes scary to talk to. Since her first dive, in a sponge-diver’s helmet in a Florida river when she was 16, she has spent 7,000 hours, or the better part of a year, underwater.”

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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The Greatest Boat Race Ever Dreamed Up Over Beers

An ocean race from the Olympic Peninsula to Alaska, with no motors allowed.

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The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

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Murder on the Appalachian Trail

Twenty-five years later, the deaths of a couple on the Trail remain shocking – and mostly unexplained.

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Raising the Dead

When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to bring him back.

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The Piscivore's Dilemma

A vegan sets out to see if there’s an ethical, sustainable way to eat fish in 2015.

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Reversal of Fortune

A BASE jumper emerges from a coma after a bad fall and sets about rebuilding his body and his life.

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My Dad Tried to Kill Me With an Alligator

On being among giant reptiles with a parent you don’t understand.