Surf lifesaving

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.

This Ocean Life Podcast Amanda Calabrese

Episode 85: April O’Gorman

April O'Gorman -- competitive surf lifesaving, US National Team, iron woman

In episode 85 I speak with April O’Gorman, a world-class competitor in the sport of surf life saving. April shares her stories of discovering surf life saving competition later in life than most of her peers, finding her competitive strengths, and learning the skills and techniques for success. We hear of her mentors in the sport that have helped April progress from the regional to national then world stage of surf life saving competition, her time in Australia training with legends of the sport, and great stories of competing on the US National Team. April shares her perspective on the community of surf lifesaving competitors, her approach to training and competing in her favorite events such as board paddling and The Iron, a multi-discipline event of board paddling, swimming, running, and surf ski paddling, that April today (Aug 2019) is set to defend her current national title at the upcoming US National event. April shares her enjoyment of providing back to the next generation of groms to help them grow their love of competitive surf lifesaving and find their own success in the sport, and her synergy with Buell Surf and Rescue, a California company pushing the sport forward with innovative new equipment design and grom training camps.

 

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

This Ocean Life Podcast April O'Gorman

Episode 84: Ryan Paroz and Ryan Buell

Ryan Paroz and Ryan Buell -- two generations of competitive surf live saving

In episode 84 I sit down and talk story with two legends in the world of competitive surf lifesaving — Ryan Paroz and Ryan Buell. We hear stories from Paroz about his competitive success today in both prone board and surf ski paddling events, his time on the US National Team, competing across the world, and crossing the Kaiwi Channel (Molokai to Oahu) six times on the surf ski. Buell takes us back into the 1980’s and 90’s where he competed on the world stage with major focus on prone board racing and beach flags, sharing a great history of the men and women of that era who have laid the foundation for competitive surf lifesaving of today. We talk equipment with both Ryan’s sharing stories of the gear they’ve used and hear the story of Paroz’s homemade prone sprint board that he’s used for years and Buell’s surf ski that he still has 25 years later. We hear of the synergy between Paroz and Buell in their mutual focus of growing the sport of surf lifesaving through bringing the best equipment to market and providing strong mentorship and coaching to the next generation of groms frothing to compete on the beach.

 

Thanks for sharing Paroz’s and Buell’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Paroz on Instagram and Facebook. Check out Buell Surf and Rescue on Instagram and Facebook, and Ryan Buell himself.

This Ocean Life Podcast Ryan Paroz

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