Steamer Lane

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.

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.

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Stoked Grom Stories: Cole Renfrew

Stoked Grom: Cole Renfrew - surfer, spear fisherman, Junior Lifeguard

In our first episode of Stoked Grom Stories we talk with Cole Renfrew, a surfer, spear fisherman, and Junior Lifeguard. Cole shares his stories of surfing at Steamer Lane with his crew of friends, the beauty of diving and spearing fish in the kelp forests of Big Sur, and his passion for competitive surfing. Cole talks about following in the goofy-footed footsteps of his father and does an amazing job answering the grom question lightening round.

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

Episode 15: Zach Wormhoudt

Zach Wormhoudt and Going Big Because You Love To

In Episode #15 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Zach Wormhoudt, a man who has spent multiple decades as a big wave surfer, paddle boarder, and fisherman in the cold waters of Northern California. Zach has surfed in every contest held at Mavericks and shares his experience of surfing that world-famous break and being part of the progression of big wave surfing around the world. Zach also relates on prone paddling, fishing, and pursuing a life in the ocean based on pure enjoyment.

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Episode 4: Dave Benet

Dave Benet and the Many Dimensions of an Ocean Life

In this episode we talk with Dave Benet, an extremely accomplished man of the ocean who has built an ocean resume that I myself dream of having. Dave shares his stories of training the next generation of marine scientist divers in the cold, sharky waters of Northern California. We hear about Dave’s passion for free diving and spearfishing along with his first experience surfing at Mavericks. Dave provides his grounded perspective on enjoying a multi-dimensional ocean life and eagerness to conserve what we today enjoy for future generations.

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Episode 2: Mike Dilloughery

Mike Dilloughery and the 55-mile Unassisted Paddle

In this episode we talk with Mike Dilloughery, a native of Santa Cruz, CA who did the unthinkable — he paddled over 25 miles across the Monterey Bay, touched land and filled his water bottles, then paddled back. In total Mike paddled 55 miles, completely solo and with no support boat. We hear this and other paddling stories from Ghostryders Watermens Club (GRWC) along with Mike’s perspective on growing up at Steamer Lane during the 1980’s as Santa Cruz surfing progressed rapidly from twin fins and day glow wetsuits into big waves and airs.

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