Endurance

Episode 86: Amanda Calabrese

Amanda Calabrese -- decade of surf lifesaving, world competitor, empowering women in sport

In episode 86 we continue on the theme of competitive surf lifesaving and hear stories of Amanda Calabrese, a world-class competitor in the sport. Amanda takes us through her early days in Montauk, New York as a Junior Lifeguard, finding her passion for competing at a high level, and her path leading to the US National Surf Lifesaving Team. We talk about the fringe nature, supportive community of competitors, and gender equality natural to surf lifesaving with Amanda sharing stories of her mentors who have helped push her along the way and her philosophy toward the mental aspect of competition. Amanda shares her love for training the next generation of Jr Guard groms (including my own daughters!) and balancing her own training for both prone board racing and beach flags while building her start-up, Tempo, that’s driving to empower women through higher performance feminine products. We hear of Amanda’s training with the Australian elite, competing on the world stage, and connection with Buell Surf and Rescue, to help push the sport forward with innovative new equipment design and grom training.

 

Thanks for sharing Amanda’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Amanda on Instagram and her new company, Tempo.

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Episode 21: Nick Dana

Nick Dana and Challenging the World's Oceans

In episode 21 we speak with Nick Dana, a professional sailor who has competed multiple years in the most legendary of world-class races — the Volvo Ocean Challenge. Nick shares his stories of competing in this round-the-world, multi-month event and pushing his physical and mental limits in the harshest ocean conditions on earth, including Cape Horn. We hear how Nick grew up in the ocean of New England and quickly carved out a place for himself within the ranks of the best sailors in the world to build an incredible sailing career. If you want to hear what it’s like to sail in a storm in the Southern Ocean at night you will want to listen…

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Episode 3: Steve Shlens

Steve Shlens and 30 Years of Paddle Board Racing

In this episode we talk with the prolific surfer and prone paddle boarder, Steve Shlens. Steve went from a broken back to winning the 32-mile Catalina Classic 1-year later. Steve has a crazily colorful and successful paddling career including national championship wins as a Jr LIfeguard in the 1980s, wins at Molokai 2 Oahu and Catalina Classic events, and onto a 2015 international win with the United States ISA Team which he now COACHES. After 4 years away from surfing, Steve’s first wave back was at Teahupoo, before Teahupoo was a household name. Steve takes us through his amazing ocean life and shares some great thoughts on the mental aspect of endurance sports and leveraging challenges in day to day life to push us beyond our limits in the ocean.

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