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  • Shock Waves
    Features | Oct 2012

    Shock Waves

    Mark Visser’s daredevil night surfing made him world-famous, but it pales in comparison with what he’s doing next


  • Kicking Up a Storm
    Features, Sports | Sep 2012

    Kicking Up a Storm

    Forget Yankees versus Red Sox. For the wildest rivalry in U.S. sports today, think Pacific Northwest. And think soccer.


  • Speed Freak
    Features | Aug 2012

    Speed Freak

    Want to create the world’s greatest supercar? Start by tossing conventional wisdom out the window


  • The Ballad of Addis Ababa
    Features | Jun 2012

    The Ballad of Addis Ababa

    One man’s quest to bring home the revolutionary sounds of Ethiojazz


  • Big Fish, Little Boat
    Features | May 2012

    Big Fish, Little Boat

    The far-flung island of Kiritimati attracts hard-core anglers in search of giant trevally and other outsize trophies. But only the bravest will attempt to reel in these ocean behemoths from a kayak. Repeat: a kayak.


  • The Boatman’s Call
    Features | Apr 2012

    The Boatman’s Call

    Goolwa, Australia, is best known for two things: yacht racing and rabble-rousing. When a crippling drought threatened to wipe out the former, a salty boat-rigger rallied his town’s fi ghting spirit to bring it back from the brink.


  • Beijing Bop
    Features | Mar 2012

    Beijing Bop

    Change is the order of the day in China, but the country’s dizzying transformation from closed society to consumerist hub has had one unexpected byproduct: rock ’n’ roll. Welcome to Beijing, where a long-simmering underground scene is finally coming to a boil.


  • Running Man
    Features | Feb 2012

    Running Man

    When an intrepid writer travels to Greece to retrace the steps of the first marathon runner, he finds the birthplace of democracy at a historic crossroads. He also finds foot pain. Lots of foot pain.


  • A Land Apart
    Features | Jan 2012

    A Land Apart

    Touting itself as a sovereign state, the tiny Italian town of Seborga has its own prince, its own passports and its own currency — and with a new leader in place, all the ambition and intrigue of a much, much larger country.


  • Aloha, China!
    Features | Dec 2011

    Aloha, China!

    If everything goes according to plan, by 2020 the Chinese island of Hainan will be fully transformed from a failed export hub to a tropical paradise, and one that Beijing promises will be nothing less than the “Hawaii of the East.” Can they pull it off?


  • Toil and Trouble
    Features | Nov 2011

    Toil and Trouble

    In recent years, the world’s theater scene has been struggling. But amid the doldrums, one intrepid British stage company hit it very, very big by combining Macbeth, Hitchcock and, most important, you, all in the creaky confines of an abandoned Manhattan hotel.


  • The Pitch
    Features | Oct 2011

    The Pitch

    While China is no stranger to Western sports, the man leading Major League Baseball’s attempt to sell the country on America’s Pastime has his work cut out for him. First up: learning how to pronounce his players’ names.


  • Wing and a Prayer
    Features | Oct 2011

    Wing and a Prayer

    Extreme birding is an obsession requiring an inhuman degree of patience and devotion. Our writer learns what it takes on a search for one of Spain’s rarest (and strangest) birds.


  • Dance Revolution
    Features | Sep 2011

    Dance Revolution

    After years of damage, neglect, scandal and corruption, Moscow’s beloved Bolshoi Theatre is poised to reclaim its place as the ballet world’s preeminent venue.


  • Durian in Tomorrowland
    Features | Aug 2011

    Durian in Tomorrowland

    A culinary tour of Singapore reveals that in a city where “Have you eaten already?” is the standard greeting and a certain fruit is banned from hotels because of its pungent aroma, food always comes first.


  • The Ghost Buster
    Features | Aug 2011

    The Ghost Buster

    Gutsy gourmands all over the world can’t get enough of the ghost pepper, a delicacy 200 times hotter than a jalapeño. We venture to a remote sliver of northeastern India to find out what makes them sweat-worthy.


  • Playing God
    Features | Jul 2011

    Playing God

    Video game wunderkind Jason Rohrer gets into the minds of players and takes the art of gaming mainstream


  • The Lizard King
    Features | Jun 2011

    The Lizard King

    For many years, invasive species have wreaked havoc in Florida. On one picturesque island on the Gulf Coast, a determined man fights back. Iguanas beware.


  • Kick Starters
    Features | Jun 2011

    Kick Starters

    Muay Thai, a centuries-old form of mixed martial arts, is an obsession in Thailand. We catch Tee U.S., one of its most promising practitioners, on the eve of the biggest fight of his life.


  • On the Edge
    Features | May 2011

    On the Edge

    Climber Alex Honnold, 25, has inspired both awe and outrage by performing some of the world’s most fearsome climbs without ropes or safety equipment. How high can he go?


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