A Deep-Water Diver From Brooklyn Dies After Trying for a Record

A Deep-Water Diver From Brooklyn Dies After Trying for a Record

NY Times, 11/17/2013 LONG ISLAND, Bahamas — As Nicholas Mevoli lay on his back, floating in the azure sea, attempting to relax, his exhales were audible. The countdown had begun, and he prepared to dive into Dean’s Blue Hole, hoping to reach 72 meters on a single inhalation, with no fins or supplemental oxygen. He […]

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A Diver’s Rise, and Swift Death, at the Limits of a Growing Sport

A Diver’s Rise, and Swift Death, at the Limits of a Growing Sport

NY Times, 11/19/2013 Nicholas Mevoli saved money from an assortment of jobs to pay for the bottomless pursuit of holding his breath and sinking his body as far as possible into the ocean. He practiced holding his breath in bathtubs and Brooklyn swimming pools, even seeing how far he could run with one gulp of […]

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GoPro’s Golden Moment

GoPro’s Golden Moment

ESPN, 11/24/2013 Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb and Noa Ginella — all professional surfers and Hawaii locals — were a couple hundred yards off Oahu’s North Shore, and smack in the middle of the impact zone when the canoe began filling with water. They weren’t in a typical outrigger, but a sailing canoe inspired by the […]

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Genetically Modified Paradise

Genetically Modified Paradise

Salon, 9/4/2013 On Kapule Highway, in front of the Lihue airport, Kauai’s battle lines are drawn. On one side, native Hawaiiansand second generation Filipinos chant in unison, dressed in sky blue “We Are Kauai Ag” t-shirts, and muddy work boots they wear in the cornfields where they grow genetically modified (GM) seed for four of […]

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The Jesus-Kissed, War-Fringed, Love-Swirled Rangers

The Jesus-Kissed, War-Fringed, Love-Swirled Rangers

Outside Magazine, 2012 — The leader of the Free Burma Rangers keeps his identity secret. But he’s real, and he’s definitely hardcore. A former U.S. Special Forces operative—and an ordained minister, climber, and triathlete—he trains rebels and refugees in the fine art of outwitting one of the world’s most oppressive regimes to deliver humanitarian aid. […]

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Trickling Down

Trickling Down

Angola is one of the wealthiest developing nations on the planet, yet 1 out of 6 children there dies before age 5 from foul or nonexistent drinking water. We travel deep into the Angolan slums with the aid workers who are fighting a corrupt oil-baron government to save the future generation of the country – […]

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The Doctor, The Dictator, and The Deadly Mosquito

The Doctor, The Dictator, and The Deadly Mosquito

It’s just after 2 p.m. Filtered sunlight splashes through the teak forest, illuminating a network of stilted bamboo huts that stretches into the surrounding hills. Five neighborhoods are stitched together with pumpkin patches and banana groves, and enlivened by scavenging chickens, mud-soaked pigs, and packs of children dressed in rags. This place is not joyless, […]

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Sup’s On

Sup’s On

ESPN, 9/24/2013 The noon sun was high and hot, and the winds were howling. Pacific blue rolled in 3-4 foot swells thrashing the jade cliffs, as Andrew Logreco, 28, and Ka’eo Abbey, 26, battled for the lead of the fourth annual Na Pali Race. Beaded with sweat and salt water, they bent to 90 degrees, […]

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The Spice of Life

The Spice of Life

Nutmeg trees and coral reefs abound in the Banda Islands. On the trail of colonial invaders — and wild dolphins — Adam Skolnick discovers how these Indonesian islands helped birth the modern world. Travel and Leisure Asia, October 2012 — Photographed by Foued Kaddachi. Abba was humming again. It was his happy affliction. I heard […]

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Surreal Shapes in Mexico’s Cenotes

Surreal Shapes in Mexico’s Cenotes

BBC Travel, Dec. 14 2013 The water surrounding me had the soupy texture of liquid glass. Drifting through the halocline – where cold and warm water converge in layers, their collision blurring the field of vision – was a deliciously disorienting feeling. Only my limbs were clearly visible. I could vaguely make out the limestone […]

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