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The Industry Is Growing Bigger and Bigger

TRANSCRIPT You’re fat.You’re disgusting.You look like an elephant.You look like a cow.You will die an early death.I’ve never seen a more disgusting human in my life. There’s no way you hike.I feel bad for all the hikers who have to hike behind you because you take up the whole trail.Your...

Garrett MacNamara Joins The Astral Team

Meet the newest member of the Astral family, Garrett McNamara—big wave surfer, ocean advocate and dedicated conservationist. Best known for surfing a 100-foot wave at Nazaré, McNamara splits his time between Oahu and Portugal with his wife Nicole and their kids. He’s on a mission to change the world...

Interview With Jennifer Pharr Davis

She was 21 when she first thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. That was 17 years ago. Since then, Jennifer Pharr Davis has hiked more than 14,000 miles on 6 different continents, achieved the fastest known finish of the AT (46 days, an average of 47 miles a day), and achieved her goal of hiking in all 50...

Nouria Newman: A Force Of Nature

Kayaking legend Nouria Newman is interviewed by Natali Zollinger, host of Eddy Out podcast. In this episode, you’ll hear Nouria’s first memories of the river and how her professional path has taken directions she never expected. Nouria is an expert of her craft and excels and...

Best Buds: A Conversation With Franny Tacy

Like it or not, summer is winding down and the sun is setting a little bit earlier every day. Since Fall has always been the season of the harvest, we thought it would be the perfect time to catch up with our favorite farmer, Franny Tacy of Franny’s Farm and Franny’s Farmacy in our...

Why Russia?

Top 5 Reasons // Exactly What I Did and Didn’t Expectby Nicole Mansfield Initially, my goal was to inspire kayakers that were fantasizing and creating summer paddling plans to consider embarking on a paddling trip to Russia by sharing my top 5 reasons for going, many of which are based off of my somewhat...