Professional Surfer Kai Lenny on Routine, Fear and Big Waves

From Portugal's Nazaré to Maui's Jaws, big-wave surfing demands practice, skill, courage and camaraderie

Unlike any other professional sport, surf competitions, especially big-wave surf competitions, require a literal perfect storm of conditions. Swell height and intervals, wind speed and direction, tidal shifts and weather—they all must align for a contest to be greenlit. Once the call goes out, the cadre of invitees and alternates from all over the world board last-minute flights, scramble for rental cars and descend upon …

Best of CH 2022: Travel

The realization of longtime dreams and magnificent returns to much-loved places

In 2022, many of us eagerly returned to travel for inspiration and education—to destinations within the US as well as countries and continents far away. After years strict precautions, many borders once again opened to tourists. Now, as we take to the road or jettison into the skies, it’s important to consider the impact travel has on the planet and to always be respectful to …

Best of CH 2022: Editors’ Favorites

Stories where we found community, indulged in creativity and celebrated innovation

Reflecting on the year through the stories we loved most is not only a nostalgic pastime, but it also lets us highlight and appreciate some of the memorable artists, inventions and places that invigorated and sustained us along the way. This year, we spoke with inspiring cultural innovators, explored large-scale art and maximalist hotels, we found community and indulged in creativity. Below, our favorite features …