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Episode 53: Jenn Lee (part 2)

Jenn Lee (part 2) - 4 Molokai channel crossings, ocean canoe, SUP racing

In episode 53 we continue our conversation with Jenn Lee, a woman of Oahu who raced across the Kaiwi Channel on 4 different paddle craft in 2018. Jenn picks up toward the end of her race season as she joins a novice 6-man outrigger canoe team to battle the best teams in the world in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai race. We hear the story of Jenn’s team challenging the field, working through the always gnarly Kaiwi Channel, and taking an epic inside line through the surf at Waikiki to make an amazing finish. Jenn then takes us to California where she immediately competes in SUP races of Battle of the Bay and Pacific Paddle Games, capping an incredible year of paddle racing. And of course, we talk pet chickens as well ūüôā

Thanks for sharing¬†Jenn’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†her on¬†Instagram and Facebook pages.

This Ocean Life Podcast Jenn Lee

Episode 51: Victoria Burgess

Victoria Burgess -- Cuba to Florida world record holder, ocean athlete, surfer

In Episode 51 we speak with Victoria Burgess, an incredible woman of the water and world record holder. Victoria shares her stories of paddling 115 miles from Cuba to Florida in 27 hours to break the World Record for fastest solo female SUP paddle to cross the Florida Straits. We hear of Victorias approach to training for her record paddle, years of competitive surfing and SUP racing, paddling in Molokai 2 Oahu, and finding her love for foiling and the waters of Southern Florida. Victoria shares her thoughts on nutrition and training for competitive paddling and her philosophy around preparing body and mind for endurance sports in the water.

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Victoria Burgess

Stoked Grom Stories: Jonah Susskind

Stoked Grom: Jonah Susskind - world traveler, surfer, board paddler

In Episode 2 of Stoked Grom Stories we talk with a legend-in-the-making, Jonah Susskind. Jonah takes us through his life of surfing and paddling in Santa Cruz, traveling and surfing the world in locations such as El Salvador and Samoa, and enjoying a strong crew of great friends in the water. We hear of Jonah paddling in the 12-mile Jay Moriarty Paddleboard Race at age 10, his pursuit of becoming a well rounded man of the water, volunteering his time to help less fortunate kids with Ride-A-Wave, and love for french fries over tater tots (!).

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Stoked Grom Stories Jonah Susskind

Episode 50: Mick Di Betta

Mick Di Betta - Lifeguard, Ocean Athlete Trainer, Molokai to Oahu Legend

In Episode 50 (50!?) we speak with one of my favorite legends in the board paddling world, Mick Di Betta. Mick takes us through his amazing life of growing up in the waters of Gold Coast with heavy focus on surf lifesaving, surfing, and competitive sports. We hear of Mick developing a strong connection with the Hawaiian ocean community, creating his very first paddling training program, and winning the inaugural Molokai 2 Oahu (M20) race in 1997. Mick shares his perspective on his first time in the Kaiwi Channel and paddling in the M2O event for over 22 years since while training many of the top competitors. We get some great insight into Mick’s approach to performance training and the impact he made to SUP board design. Plus so much more from this board paddling legend…

Thanks to Chris Aguilar for the photo!

Thanks for sharing¬†Mike’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†him on¬†Instagram and Facebook pages. Also learn more about how you can benefit from Mick’s training program on his JustPaddling.com website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Mick Di Betta

Episode 43: Mark Schulein

Mark Schulein - Endurance Paddling, Ocean of Hope, Giving Back to Others

In Episode 43 we speak with Mark Schulein, a man who has leveraged his passion and skill in multiple paddling sports for the good of others. Mark shares his stories of being involved in the very first days of SUP, competing in 10 Catalina Classic races, dedicating his competitive efforts to charitable causes, all while enjoying life in the ocean. Mark takes us through his amazing effort to build and grow the Ocean of Hope Campaign that has raised over $850,000 for families battling sarcoma cancer and we hear about other charitable paddle events Mark supports including the 24 and Callie’s Cause. Tons of fun and inspiration to enjoy from Mark.

¬†Thanks for sharing¬†Mark’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†him on¬†Instagram and Facebook pages. Also learn more about how you can get involved with Ocean of Hope Campaign.

This Ocean Life Podcast Mark Schulein

Episode 40: Aimee Spector

Aimee Spector - Cuba to Florida Paddle, Mother, Woman of the Water

In Episode 40 we speak with Aimee Spector, a legendary woman of the water who excels strongly in multiple paddle sports while raising her son and giving back through the Ocean of Hope Campaign. Aimee takes us through her passion for the ocean canoe where she has completed 20+ Catalina Channel crossings, her stories of prone board paddling with 2 other women from Cuba to Florida to raise money for charity, as well as many great insights into her world of competitive paddling. Aimee shares a great perspective on the community of woman paddlers who she derives inspiration from and her overall passion for the people, places, and challenges that the ocean has brought her.

Thanks for sharing¬†Aimee’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†Aimee on her¬†Instagram page, Facebook, her own website, and Ocean of Hope website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Aimee Spector

Episode 32: Jeff Denholm

Jeff Denholm and True Grit

In Episode 32 we speak with¬†Jeff Denholm, an inspiring man of the water who moved beyond the¬†loss of his arm to push himself further¬†than ever in the ocean and life. Jeff shares his story of humble roots in the waters of the US East Coast, finding his passion for¬†raw, heavy ocean off Alaska, and the harrowing tale of¬†losing his arm at sea. We hear of Jeff’s¬†focus on surfing and prone board paddling¬†while developing new prosthetic technology that allow him to continue to push his limits in the ocean. Jeff shares an inspiring perspective on helping to build a more sustainable world through his work with¬†Save The Waves, Patagonia, and his own company developing environmentally friendly flame retardant.¬†

Thanks for sharing Jeff’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Instagram and Facebook pages.¬†

This Ocean Life Podcast Jeff Denholm

Episode 31: Michael Booth

Michael Booth and A World Tour of Fun and Challenge

In episode 31 we speak with Michael Booth, top-ranked SUP athlete and legendary waterman of Australia. Boothy shares his story of growing up near Sydney and finding his passion for all things ocean – surf lifesaving, surfing, paddling, and more — to becoming a top ranked ironman competitor. We hear stories of transitioning from surf ski to SUP and becoming a dominant force on the SUP world tour. Boothy shares a great perspective on traveling the world for paddle races while making time to enjoy the special experiences offered by each destination he visits. We also hear about the variety of conditions faced by athletes on the world tour and a special focus on the Red Bull Heavy Water event.

Thanks for sharing¬†Boothy’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†him on¬†Instagram and Facebook pages. Check out his training and coaching program if you want to get rad in the water.

This Ocean Life Podcast Michael Booth SUP Foil

Episode 30: Ryan Levinson

Ryan Levinson and An Adaptive Life in the Water

In Episode 30 we speak with Ryan Levinson, a legend in the water who reached incredible levels of success beyond what most of us would dream about — all while battling Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Ryan shares his story of being diagnosed with MD and the path he set for himself to push beyond any limits in the ocean as member of US Sailing Team, scuba instructor, director of EMS/Rescue for the Big Wave World Tour, kiteboarder, and more. Ryan shares an inspiring and positive perspective on adopting new ocean activities as his MD progressed,¬†continually finding solace and flow in the ocean, and living in the Tahitian waters on his sailboat. I’m humbled to have had Ryan spend time with me and am beyond inspired by him — you will be too.

Thanks for sharing¬†Ryan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of¬†Ryan on his Facebook page,¬†Instagram page and epic YouTube Channel, Two Afloat.

Please also check out the adaptive sports organizations that Ryan works with:

https://www.challengedathletes.org

https://stokeforlife.org/

This Ocean Life Ryan Levinson surf

Episode 27: Josh Riccio

Josh Riccio and Strength on the Water

In episode 27 we speak with Josh Riccio, a life-long man of the water who has carved out a strong professional career in the world of SUP. Josh shares his stories of growing up in the waters of Florida and finding his way to the magic world of Maui where he elevated his ocean game in places like the Maliko Coast and Pailolo Channel. Josh talks about his preparation and commitment for both Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) and being a contender on the Paddle League World series. Along with great stories of people and places Josh talks about his latest passion for foiling and where that may take him and his amazing ocean game in the future.

Josh Riccio This Ocean Life Podcast