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Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 1

Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 1

In this multi-part series I’ve put together the first set of stories and perspectives on the world’s gnarliest paddle board race, Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O). Six of my past guests and current legends in the water — Lincoln Dews, Mick Di Betta, Morgan Hoesterey, Nick Franco, Leanne Horton, and Jeff Denholm — all share their past experiences paddling in the Kaiwi Channel (The Channel of Bones) including sinking boats, injuries, super heavy conditions, the first M2O event ever, competing both SUP and prone, logistical horror stories, and much, much more.

If you enjoy this story compilation I’d be stoked if you gave a nice rating of This Ocean Life in your podcast app or even better stop using plastics whenever possible so we can keep them out of the environment and out of the stomachs of our favorite ocean critters. Thanks!

This Ocean Life Podcast M2O

Stoked Grom Stories: Riley Auble

Riley Auble - surfing, fishing, travel, board paddling

In this episode of Stoked Grom Stories we speak with Riley Auble, a young man enjoying a life growing up in Santa Cruz, California. We hear of Riley’s adventures traveling to Vietnam and his favorite surf spots on Maui. Riley talks about his love for fishing, helping disabled children enjoy the waves with Ride-A-Wave, and the epic finish of his Junior Lifeguard paddle team at the 2018 California Regional competition. Riley takes us through some of his strategy for competitive surfing and his stoke for paddling prone boards. 

Thanks for sharing Riley’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures of him ripping on Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Riley Auble

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 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 64: Mike Lenane

Mike Lenane - Western Oz, SUP instructor, movie maker

In Episode 64 we speak with Mike Lenane, a man of Western Australia with strong passion for sharing the world of standup paddleboarding SUP with others. Mike takes us through his life growing up near Perth and the evolution of his ocean life with bodyboarding, surfing, and then SUP. We hear stories of Mike discovering SUP, building a lifestyle business around the sport, and his stoke for introducing others to the water. Mike talks about his video production work on projects like “SUP in the 1920’s” a spin on the old silent movies and his latest project, “This is Stand Up Paddle” that puts a new twist on nature documentaries (you must watch it here on YouTube) and was part of the first SUP Film Fest. Mike also has a new YouTube channel, “The SUP Show” that dives into the world of SUP and all things ocean.

Thanks for sharing Mike’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Facebook. Plus check out his Sunset Standup Paddle website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Mike Lenane

Episode 63: Stefan Simkovics

Stefan Simkovics - Navy officer, rescue swimmer, lifeguard, board paddler

In Episode 63 we speak with Stefan Simkovics, a man who found his passion for the ocean after spending time traveling the world with the US Navy. Stefan takes us through his enlistment process, choosing a ship to serve on, and the officer role he served on a 400 ft frigate ship. We hear of Stefan becoming a Navy rescue swimmer, his daily life on the ship, and operating along the east coast of Africa supporting operations to combat piracy. Stefan shares his perspective on finding his passion for surfing and prone paddling as he left the Navy and joined as a lifeguard in San Diego

This Ocean Life Podcast Stefan Simkovics

Episode 62: Duke Brouwer

Duke Brouwer – 30 years in the surf industry, board paddling, surfing, giving back

In Episode 62 we speak with Duke Brouwer, a man who has built an incredible life around the ocean and the surf industry. Duke takes us through his story of learning to surf in the 82/83 El Nino, managing the legendary Gordon & Smith surf shop in Southern California, and his years living, surfing, and diving on Maui. We hear of Duke’s 14-year career with Surftech, the arrival of SUP, and great stories of the legendary people he spent time with (Joe Bark, Gerry Lopez, more). Duke shares his perspective on giving back to the ocean community and those less fortunate through volunteer work (Jay Moriatry Paddle Race, 24 Hour Paddle) and hear about his work with Buell Wetsuits to inspire the next generation of ocean athletes. 

Thanks for sharing Duke’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Instagram and Facebook. There is also some fun stuff on the This Ocean Life Instagram and Facebook pages.

This Ocean Life podcast Duke Brouwer

Episode 61: George Peterson

George Peterson - scuba diver, educator, Monterey Bay Aquarium

In Episode 61 we speak with George Peterson, a man of the water who has spent almost 2 decades years educating the world about our oceans through scuba diving. George takes us through his youth in Iowa, finding scuba diving in Colorado, and ultimately moving to the island of Utila, Honduras. We hear the story of George and friends building the first eco-friendly dive resort on Utila, stories of whale shark pods, and George finding his true passion for education and conservation of the oceans which he pursued back to California where he joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium. George talks about the amazing work the aquarium does for our oceans, young people, and the disabled through the Underwater Explorers program and Day of Discovery, talks about their white shark program, and shares his recent trip to Oman where he witnessed some of the most pristine and amazing underwater life he has ever seen.

Thanks for sharing George’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of George on his Instagram page and Facebook. Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium youth dive program as well.

This Ocean Life Podcast George Peterson

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 59: Maddi Leblanc

Maddi Leblanc - Canadian National SUP Team, non-profit founder, inspiring woman of the water

In Episode 59 we speak with Maddi Leblanc, an amazing young woman from Ontario, Canada who continually shares her passion for standup paddling / SUP. We hear of Maddie’s discovery of the sport of SUP as a young girl, the evolution of her paddling in local rivers and Great Lakes. Maddie shares her story of how the loss of 2 women close to her inspired her to create her non-profit event, On Board, to raise money for cancer research through standup paddling. Maddie takes us through her competitive racing in the Ontario area and tells the amazing story of being invited to represent Team Canada in the ISA World Paddleboarding Championships in China and the challenges she faced during the event. Maddie shares some great thoughts on what SUP and being on the water means to her from a spiritual and environmental perspective and how she is actively sharing that with others through her own college thesis project and active speaking engagements. 

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Maddi Leblanc