Sailing and Boating

Episode 93: Cooper Family Part 2

Cooper Family -- Sailing the South Pacific (Pt 2)

In episode 93 we check in with Brian and Robyn Cooper, a family from Santa Cruz, CA who, with their 2 daughters, left it all behind 9 months prior to live a dream of sailing in the South Pacific. Brian and Robyn describe their first few months of learning their sailboat Renegade, the ins and outs of sailing among the islands and reefs of Fiji, and developing confidence in their sailing capabilities. The Coopers share perspective on traveling in the outer Fijian Islands, surfing incredible waves, diving, fishing, boat-schooling the kids, and spending time in many local villages where they’ve learned and embraced the Fijian culture. We hear of how the family is adapting to life afloat and how their daughters, ages 9 and 12, are growing and changing as result of spending tons of time in the ocean and interacting with the Fijian culture. Brian and Robyn talk about the next major part of their trip which takes them over a 10-day passage to New Zealand then over to Indonesia and other epic parts of the South Pacific.

 

Thanks for sharing Brian and Robyn’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of them on Instagram, their website SailingWithRenegade.com.

This Ocean Life Podcast Cooper Family

Episode 91: Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson

Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson -- 59 North Sailing, offshore sailing adventure company

In episode 91 I speak with Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson, owners and operators of 59 North, an offshore sailing adventure company operating in the Atlantic Ocean. Andy and Mia tell their story of founding the company based on their love for sailing, the challenges they faced building a business of taking guests (or ‘crew’) with different levels of sailing experience out to sea for extended periods of time, and their own respective backgrounds in the ocean. Andy and Mia share stories from the various routes they take on their trips, from trans-Atlantic crossings to northern passages past Norway, we hear of the gear required, how they structure their crew during a voyage, and the special times they share with their crew at sea, helping others learn the love of sailing and the open ocean. Andy and Mia touch on the special connection we all share with the ocean and relate specific stories of their own spiritual interactions with animals at sea.

 

Thanks for sharing Andy and Mia’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of them on Instagram, their website 59-north.com, and awesome podcast, On The Wind.

This Ocean Life Podcast 59 North Sailing

Episode 74: Ryan Levinson – Pt 2

Ryan Levinson Part 2 - muscular dystrophy at sea, living afloat in French Polynesia, rediscovering the bodyboard

In Episode 74 we check back in Ryan Levinson, a hard charging man of the water living with Muscular Dystrophy in the waters of French Polynesia. Ryan recaps the past 6 months living on a sail catamaran in Tahitian waters with wife Nicole. We hear of them making the move to their new catamaran after being passed by that boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean en route from Mexico and the learning curve to life on a new, larger boat. Ryan shares the day to day routine of life in the Tahitian Islands, scuba diving, kite boarding, sailing, and the relationships they’ve made with other cruisers. Ryan shares perspective on riding waves with the bodyboard in the heavy Tahitian surf as his continued loss of muscle makes it more and more challenging to ride waves. We hear about a perfect paradise island that he and Nicole have found with incredible surf and amazing local people (which Ryan is keeping secret — I’m going to get it out of him :)).

Thanks for sharing Ryan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Ryan and Nicole on their 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 Podcast Ryan Levinson

Episode 65: Chris Hearn

Chris Hearn - Master Mariner, disasters at sea television show

In podcast Episode 64 we speak with Chris Hearn, a man of the ocean from Newfoundland who is part of the Smithsonian Channel’s ‘Disasters at Sea’ television series that reexamine some of the most mysterious and harrowing sea disasters of the last 50 years. Chris takes us through his his work on the show helping to capture the human experience of maritime disasters that Smithsonian re-creates. We hear about Chris’s 15+ year career at sea, traveling the world, and reaching the level of Master Mariner. Chris talks about a variety of vessels he has operated from ice breakers, to cargo ships, drilling, and more while sharing his perspective on life at sea running a ship and living with the raw wild of the ocean. Chris shares an incredible story of being caught in a ‘perfect storm’ scenario near the Grand Banks and talks about his current role as director of a marine simulation center helping the maritime industry become more safe.

Disasters at Seas is really well done show that makes you feel part of the actual disaster. Check it out on the Smithsonian Channel.

Thanks for sharing Chris’s ocean life with us. You can more information on his work with Disasters at Sea on the Smithsonian website 

This Ocean Life Podcast Chris Hearn

Episode 45: Randy Bogardus

Randy Bogardus -- 50 years of wave riding, shaping wooden surf craft

In Episode 45 we speak with Randy Bogardus, a man of the ocean who leverages his 50 years of wave riding in his design and development of wooden surf boards and paddle boards. Randy takes us through his youth on the rugged Oregon coast to years of surfing and sailing the world in pursuit of his passion for waves. We hear of Randy’s first wooden craft project as a youth building a sailboat with his family to building and sailing his own boat and ultimately building wooden surfboards and paddle board kits for his Clearwood Paddleboards company. We hear Randy’s great perspective on riding different wave craft to stay healthy and in the water for over 50 years — something that can be inspirational to us all.

Thanks for sharing Randy’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Randy and his wooden boards on his Instagram page and website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Clearwood Paddleboards

Episode 44: Cooper Family

Cooper Family - Sailing the South Pacific (Pt 1)

In Episode 44 we share part 1 of multiple episodes with the Cooper Family who left their life in Santa Cruz to sail the South Pacific for 2 years. We hear from both Brian and Robyn Cooper about their 6-year path leading up to today where they are days away boarding a plane for Fiji with their young daughters where their new home, a 45 foot sailing ketch, waits for them on the water. We hear of Brian’s background with boats, fishing, and surfing that generated his approach to this new life on a boat and the unlimited challenges he expects to face. Robyn shares her story of having the lifelong dream to live full-time on a boat in tropical waters, her approach to learn sailing, and the logistics that goes into planning and packing for a family of four. We will plan to speak again with the Coopers in mid-2019 to hear how their trip has gone and how their own perspective on family life, sailing, and living aboard may have changed. 

Thanks for sharing Brian and Robyn’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of them on Facebook.

Episode 41: Mike Baxter

Mike Baxter — Fisherman, Steward, Man of the Water

In Episode 41 we speak with Mike Baxter, a man who has spent a lifetime with a passion for pursuing fish. Mike shares his stories of growing up on the boats of his commercial fishing father in the rugged waters of Northern California and developing his skills at rigging gear and reading water. We hear of Mike’s commitment to learning the patterns of the fish and his appreciation for those who came before him on the water that relied on relatively basic tools for fishing compared to the technology we all enjoy today. Mike shares a great perspective on the idea of ‘sportsmanship’ in fishing and the effort he puts in with the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project to help preserve Central California’s salmon population for everybody to enjoy. 

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 get involved with Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.

This Ocean Life Podcast Mike Baxter Monterey Bay Fishing
This Ocean Life Podcast Mike Baxter Steelhead

Episode 39: Al Ramadan

Al Ramadan - Surfer, Sailor, Technologist, Entrepreneur

In Episode 39 we speak with Al Ramadan, a man from Australia who has built an amazing life at the intersection of ocean and technology. Al shares his stories of growing up in Australia and finding his love of surfing and sailing while developing his skill for math and data. We hear the story of Al bringing technology to the America’s Cup sailing race and building his own company while learning the ins and outs of surfing (and lots of paddling!!) at the legendary Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California. Al shares stories of surfing and sailing in locations around the world, dedicating his time and energy into the Save The Waves Coalition, and talking about the amazing people who have been part of his journey.

Thanks for sharing Al’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 Save The Waves.

This Ocean Life Podcast Al Ramadan Kelly Slater Wave Pool

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 25: Leane Horton

Leane Horton and Changing the Tides

In Episode 25 we speak with Leane Horton, an amazing woman who has built an incredibly rich life in the ocean. Leane shares her stories of competitive paddleboarding in Molokai 2 Oahu (5x) and as a member of Team Hawai’i in the ISA World Championships (3x). Leane recounts her tales of buying sailboat Valkyrie with her husband and sailing from Mexico to French Polynesia where she makes repeat trips to explore each year. As a co-founder of the Changing Tides Foundation, Leane also provides perspective on giving back to the locations and people we visit on our travels and empowering women to participate fully in their own ocean lives.

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