Downwind

Episode 94: Suzie Cooney

Suzie Cooney -- ocean athlete trainer, Maliko downwind, Maui life

In episode 94 I speak with Suzie Cooney, a well-rounded athlete who has turned her love of the ocean into a lifestyle of training others. Suzie takes us through her evolution from windsurfing and motocross riding to stand up paddling (SUP) and finding her passion for the world-famous Maliko downwind course on Maui. We hear of Suzie’s approach to training athletes both remotely and in person, her approach to the physical and mental aspects of endurance paddling, and her passion for spending time to help others grow strong in the ocean. Suzie shares her story of building a massive SUP event to raise awareness for women’s health and leveraging that to grow an amazing lifestyle of writing books, training others, and competing in SUP events. We hear of a recent trip to Hood River, Suzie’s love for riding dirt bikes, and her strength pushing through injuries to continue to thrive in the ocean.

 

Thanks for sharing Suzie’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of her on Instagram, training website, and Mailko run website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Suzie Cooney

Episode 87: Johnny Kahakalahoa

Johnny Kahakaloha -- water life on Maui, enduring Molokai 2 Oahu

In episode 87 I speak with Johnny Kahakaloha, a man who has found his calling on land and the water of Maui. Johhny talks story of moving to Maui and immersing himself in local Hawaiian culture within the town of Kahakuloa where he learned how to live off of the land and be in harmony with the natural world around him, all while remotely running a highly successful record label company. Johnny tells the story of his entry into the world of paddling starting with the outrigger canoe and moving to the SUP where today Johnny is a regular in the waves and downwind courses on Maui. We hear of the strong community of Maui board paddlers and people who have influenced Johnny to take on one of the biggest paddle challenges on the planet, Molokai 2 Oahu. Johnny shares his story of deciding to paddle M2O in 2019 three weeks before the race and his intense training he went through to prepare. Johnny then shares a super heavy story of being stuck in 30-knot wind less than 2-miles from the M2O finish line and having to dig deep to persevere and finish the race. Throughout, we hear a great perspective from Johnny on finding and pursuing passion in life.

 

Thanks for sharing Johnny’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Johnny on Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Johnny Kahakaloha

Stoked Grom Stories: Bobo Gallagher

Stoked Grom Stories: Bobo Gallagher -- SUP foiling, surfing, downwinding, kiting

In this episode of Stoked Grom Stories I talk with Bobo Gallagher, a young man who is loving his life in the waters of Maui. Bobo shares stories of getting hooked on surfing after riding his first wave, the first time he picked up a paddle and surfed SUP, and his discovery of downwinding. We hear about the great support Bobo has from his family and crew of friends in the water who help him train and learn the ocean. Bobo talks about his love for foiling in the surf and downwind and shares his thoughts on the new foil wing and what it’s like downwinding in the Hood River Gorge in Oregon. Bobo does a great job answering the lightning round of questions and shows a lot of great character and passion for his ocean life. 

 

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Bobo Gallagher

Episode 23: Nick Ayers

Nick Ayers and Downwinding Loch Ness

In episode 23 we speak with Nick Ayers, a competitive paddleboarder from the East Coast of Britain. Nick shares his life growing up on the Suffolk coast and surfing, surf livesaving, and paddling in the North Sea. We hear Nick’s stories of paddling the English Channel, competing in the Great Glen Way race where he downwinded Loch Ness in 35 knot wind and icy cold water, and his stoke for being a member of the British national paddleboard team set to compete in China in fall of 2018. Nick provides a great perspective on his ocean life in the rural area of England and his passion for traveling and pursuing waves.

Nick Ayers This Ocean Life Podcast

Episode 18: Alban Cornic

Alban Cornic and the Rugged Brittany Coast

In Episode 18 we speak with Alban Cornic, an ocean man from the rugged Brittany Coast of France. Alban shares stories finding his passion for paddling on the Maliko Coast of Maui and quickly becoming a strong competitior in some of the most challenging paddleboard races in the world such as M2O, Catalina Classic, and Davenport Downwinder. Alban shares his perspective on windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, paddling, and the rugged ocean culture of Brittany and strong sense of community within the world of paddle boarding.

Alban Cornic This Ocean Life Podcast

Episode 9: Lincoln Dews

Lincoln Dews and a Life of Competitive Success

In Episode #9 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Lincoln Dews, a lifelong man of the water who grew up on the Gold Coast of Australia loving the ocean and pushing his limits from an early age. Lincoln shares stories growing up in an ocean-focused family, winning a youth state ironman championship, stepping on a SUP for the first time, and completing his first solo Molokai channel crossing at age 15 (!!). Lincoln’s perspective on a life of pursuing new challenges in the ocean from sailing, SUP, prone paddling, foiling, surf lifesaving, and more is really fun and inspirational. Today, as a top professional on the world SUP tour, Lincoln talks about his focus on pursuing a championship, training the next generation of ocean athletes, and continuing to develop his own education.

Lincoln Dews

Episode 7: Morgan Hoesterey

Morgan Hoesterey and a Life of Play in the Ocean

In Episode #7 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Morgan Hoesterey, an incredibly strong and talented woman of the ocean who has built an amazing ocean life. Morgan shares stories from her 10 years of competing in the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race, competing in the Tahiti Waterman Tour, and pushing herself mentally and physically to be able to play in the water with whomever, wherever, on whatever craft. With stories of friends and adventures from around the world, Morgan gives us a special perspective on life in and under the water.

Morgan Hoesterey