Surfing

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.

Stoked Grom Stories: Mulder Brothers

Stoked Groms: Levi and Judah Mulder - surfers, board paddlers, volunteers to help others

In the third episode of Stoked Grom Stories we speak with Levi and Judah Mulder, two young men who enjoy a life in the cold ocean around Santa Cruz, California. We hear of the brothers surfing together, competing on the middle school surf team, and growing up steps from Steamer Lane with a great group of friends. Levi and Judah take us through their move from Chicago to Santa Cruz as young kids, their stories as Junior Lifeguards and both being on the fastest paddle relay teams in California. The boys share their stoke for helping disabled persons enjoy the ocean with their time volunteering with Ride A Wave, tell us a shark story, and do an amazing job handling the dreaded lightning round of grom questions. Great stuff from two great, young watermen.

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Episode 57: Max Montgomery

Max Montgomery - Surfer, SUP, volunteer for others, heart attack survivor

In Episode 57 we speak with Max Montgomery, a surfer, diver, board paddler and man dedicated to helping others through ocean events. Max shares his stories of volunteering time for Ride A Wave and others that focus on getting persons with disabilities into the ocean. We hear of multiple events that Max has started himself including Paddle4Good and BestDay Foundation which continue to thrive around the USA. Max recounts an incredible story of a heart attack on the beach then surviving after 15+ minutes of no pulse with 6 defibrillator shocks and incredible hands-on effort from his wife-to-be and others on the beach. It’s an epic story… Max continues today to put full effort into helping others and shares his current project with the first-ever SUP film festival due in March 2019.

Thanks for sharing Max’s ocean life with us. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering to help less fortunate children and adults enjoy the ocean, Max will give you the inspiration to get out and do it. You can find pictures and video of Max on Facebook, SUP Film Fest website, Paddle4Good, and BestDay Foundation websites.

Episode 52: Mike Wood

Mike Wood - Santa Cruz surfing life in the 1950s

In Episode 52 we speak with Mike Wood, a lifelong surfer who grew up in the cold, kelpy waters of Santa Cruz in the 1950’s. Mike takes us back to that time and describes the beach and surf scene in Santa Cruz and what the line-up was like at famous breaks like Cowells and Steamer Lane. We hear of Mike experimenting with various ways to stay warm in the cold water, like wearing wool sweaters, before the wetsuit came out and what the boards of that time were like to ride (and carry up the cliff!). Mike shares his stories of interacting with Jack O’neill, hanging out down at the ‘Surf Shack’, and many other characters who made the beach their home back in the 50’s. Mike tells great stories of exploring the rugged Santa Cruz coast and finding new, unknown waves and taking a surf trip with his buddies down to Southern California when he was 15 years old. A ton of great nostalgia and depiction of teen surf life during this golden era of surfing.

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 48: Jalou Langeree

Jalou Langeree - World Champion Kitesurfer, Woman of the Water

In Episode 48 we speak with Jalou Langeree, 3X world kitesurfing champion and woman of the water. Jalou shares her stories of growing up on the Dutch Coast and finding her love of surfing and kiting in the rugged North Sea. We hear of Jalou’s focus on competing at the top level of women’s kiteboarding, her love of traveling the world and riding new water, and the camaraderie amongst male and female competitors on the world tour. Jalou shares with us some of her favorite waves, stories of epic sessions in places like Mauritius, Morocco, and South Africa, all while maintaining a very humble perspective on life and family. We talk about being active in multiple sports such as SUP and foiling to maintain stoke overall for her core passion of kiting.

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Jalou Langeree

Episode 47: Sensi Graves

Sensi Graves - Professional Kiteboarder, Designer of Bikinis for Girls Who Rip

In Episode 47 we speak with Sensi Graves, a woman of the water who has built an amazing life around kiteboarding and designing bikinis for active women. Sensi takes us through her life of board sports in California to finding her passion for surfing and kiteboarding around the Outer Banks of North Carolina and becoming a professional athlete. We hear the story of Sensi building and running her Sensi Graves Bikini line, her philosophy of empowering women in the water, sustainable business, and pursuing an active lifestyle balanced between a career and love for the water. 

 Thanks for sharing Sensi’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of her on Instagram, learn about her kiteboarding retreats, and see her epic bikinis.

This Ocean Life Podcast Sensi Graves

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