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Episode 66: Chris Aguilar

Chris Aguilar - endurance board paddling, ocean videos, helping others

In Episode 66 we speak with Chris Aguilar, a man of the water who has built an amazing lifestyle of board paddling and documenting the people and events of the sport. Chris takes us through his years filming the Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race and shares some of his favorite moments that he’s been a part of. We hear about the evolution of Chris’s video work and his passion for using this medium to tell stories from events like M2O, Carolina Cup, Battle of the Paddle while also pushing his own physical and mental limits competing as a prone paddler in many events. Chris talks about the 10+ Catalina Channel crossings that he’s done as well as his love for the Chattajack Race in Tennessee and shares his perspective on the paddle community and participating in fund raisers for those less fortunate, like the 24 Hour Paddle.

Thanks for sharing Chris’s ocean life with us. You can find Chris’s videos on Vimeo, pictures and video of him on his Instagram page and Facebook

This Ocean Life Podcast Chris Aguilar

Episode 60: Tom Wegener

Tom Wegener - surfer, master shaper, surfboard artisan, PhD

In Episode 60 we speak with Tom Wegener, a legend in the world of surfboard shaping who has spent the last 4 decades building and riding boards. Tom takes us through the story of his youth surfing and shaping in Southern California, the influence of Donald Takayama that helped guide Tom to pursue the art of shaping and find the spirit of “ohana”, or family, that is a key part of longboard surfing culture. Tom describes the evolution of his shaping from fiberglass and foam into wooden boards and his shares his passion for the traditional “Olo” and “Alaia” wooden boards that he continues to focus on building, and teaching others how to build, today. We hear Tom’s perspective and excitement for a transformation happening in longboarding with a convergence of high performance and traditional riding he recently witnessed at the famous Noosa Festival of Surfing. A ton of great history and perspective on longboard surfing culture from a man who has been front and center within it for decades. 

Thanks for sharing Tom’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Facebook, his website, and Instagram.

Episode 54: Stefano Ulivi

Stefano Ulivi - Diving and filming the Azores, shark conservation

In episode 54 we speak with Stefano Ulivi, a man of Italy who has devoted his life to raising awareness of ocean conservation through underwater filming. Stefano describes the underwater world of the Azores, an island group off the coast of Portugal, where he leads scuba diving tours and films the amazing animals of this special place. We hear of Pico Island, a relatively new volcanic island that hosts huge schools of manta rays and many species of marine mammals. Stefano shares his story of finding his passion for the ocean and his perspective on the evident decline in shark populations due to overfishing and poor management. We hear of trips to Tonga and Baja California where Stefano interacted with a 2-week old humpback whale and a ‘tornado’ of huge fish. Stefano shares a ton of enthusiasm for protecting the ocean that we can all be inspired by.

Thanks for sharing Stefano’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Stefano on his Instagram page and Facebook

This Ocean Life Podcast Stefano Ulivi

Episode 37: Steve Lonhart

Steve Lonhart - Marine Scientist, 3,000+ dives

In Episode 37 we speak with Steve Lonhart, marine scientist in Central California with over 3,000 scuba dives under his belt. Steve shares his life of researching the reefs and kelp forests around Monterey to better understand the changes to our ocean over time. We hear about the physical challenges of marine research diving, the boats and people required, the importance of collecting quality data, and the rugged beauty of the Big Sur coast, an iconic area of California. Steve shares a great perspective on the importance of monitoring our ocean environment over time to detect subtle changes that may indicate larger trends at work.

Thanks for sharing Steve’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of his research on the SIMoN website. Thanks to Chad King for loaning the main picture above 🙂

Episode 34: John Brasen

John Brasen and Pacific Longboarder Magazine

In Episode 34 we speak with John Brasen, life-long Australian surfer and 20-year editor of Pacific Longboarder Magazine. John shares with us his harrowing tale of being resuscitated at Sunset Beach in 2018, early stories of growing up on the Gold Coast, and how he suddenly found himself as the editor of a legendary surfing magazine. We hear some great perspective from John on longboarding and running a magazine, with a fun look at where longboarding has moved (and returned) since the 1960’s. John talks about early surf trips to Java, Sumatra, Mentawis in the 1990’s as well as his own evolution in surfing and maintaining heavy stoke in the water.

 Thanks for sharing John’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of John on his Facebook page and Pacific Longboarder Magazine Instagram page and website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Pacific Longboarder Magazine

Episode 29: Pia Oyarzun

Pia Oyarzun and Made in the Water

In episode 29 we speak with Pia Oyarzun, an amazing woman who has a built a great ocean life in the Bahamas as an underwater photographer. Pia shares with us her stories of growing up in the ocean of both the Bahamas and Chile, finding her passion for photography, and working with the incredible animals and people of the Bahamas. We hear about Pia’s work with Shark Week, diving with Shaq, and filming models underwater as part of her business, Made in Water. Pia’s perspective on the ocean environment of the Bahamas and her work capturing the scenes of this amazing area is fun and inspiring.

Thanks for sharing Pia’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Pia on her Instagram page and her Made In Water website.

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Episode 28: Mike Bolton

Mike Bolton and a Life with Sharks

In episode 28 we speak with Mike Bolton, a legendary underwater photographer and shark conservationist who has spent a lifetime working to raise awareness of our ocean world. Mike shares stories from learning to dive in Panama’s pristine waters in the 60’s, becoming a competitive spearfisherman, and working to salvage treasure from historic shipwrecks. Mike relates on his transition to hunting fish with a camera to learn and protect rather than for game and his last decade of work with white sharks in the famous Guadalupe Islands of Mexico where he returns every year to lead tours and document these amazing animals. Mike’s youthful personality and humility is awesome and his stories from working with dozens of shark species are very inspiring.

Visit the One Ocean Diving website for more information on the white shark tours hostd by Mike at the Guadalupe Islands.

This Ocean LIfe Mike Bolton Tiger Shark

Episode 26: Shavardo Wilson

Shavardo Wilson and All Angles of the Bahamas

In Episode 26 we speak with Shavardo Wilson, a native of the Bahamas who has built a rich life in and over the ocean. Shavardo shares his experience growing up with an ocean-focused family and finding his way as boat captain and scuba diver in this beautiful set of islands. We hear stories of sharks, shipwrecks, and finding Shavardo’s passion for drones and capturing images of his home waters from above. Shavardo also shares his perspective on changes occurring in the Bahamas over his lifetime and what it means to him to be able to enjoy this beautiful place.

Shavardo Wilson Drone This Ocean Life Podcast

Episode 13: Steiny

Jonathan Steinberg and Style for the Ages

In Episode #13 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Jonathan Steinberg, aka Steiny, a man of the surfmat who has kept his ocean life real since the 1960’s growing up in Southern California. Steiny shares his perspective on enjoying life riding waves and sharing his ocean experience with friends and family. Steiny gives us the low down on the forgotten art of wave riding on the surfmat and the ever-tranquil longboard kelp bed fishing. We also get inspired by hearing about the Ride-A-Wave foundation that takes any less fortunate or disabled person out for a day in the waves. This is a really fun epsiode with an amazing character and man of the ocean.

Steiny Lingcod This Ocean Life Podcast

Episode 8: David Ochoa

David Ochoa and Being in the Pursuit

In Episode #8 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with David Ochoa, accomplished spearfisherman and co-creator of the amazing film, Aqua Negra. David shares his stories of growing up in Portugal and learning to spearfish in the Azores while pursuing a university degree in film making. We hear about David’s experience in Cape Verde, a remote location off the African coast where David and team filmed Aqua Negra and pursued their search for new water, new experiences, and new friendships. Aqua Negra is a beautiful and amazing film — you do not have to love spearfishing to love this movie.

David Ochoa