Surfing

Episode 97: James Casey

James Casey - winning Molokai 2 Oahu, foiling, coaching, surfing

In episode 97, we hear the stories of professional athlete and man of the water, James Casey, who takes us down his path from a young grom taking his beatings in Hawaiian surf to the dominant standup paddle boarder he is today, winning the infamous Molokai 2 Oahu paddle race on his SUP in 2019. James’s stories and perspectives on his love for coaching and foiling, traveling the world, running camps in Thailand and the Maldives, and commitment to family are fun and inspirational. I was lucky enough to have time with James before he took off from his home in Sydney to fly out for the Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco.

Highlights of our conversation:

  • M20 win in 2019, top 5 finishes years leading up in the standup paddleboard division
  • Working for months to perfect his SUP race boards for M2O with Sunova Surfboards
  • Great perspective on top competitors that James battles in paddle contests, including Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Travis Grant
  • James has caught the foiling bug in a big way and is running foil training camps in Thailand
  • Growing up splitting time near Sydney and Maui — right near world class downwind Maliko Run
  • How James’s father inflluenced him in the water and set him up for today’s success (best of wishes go out to James’s dad battling health issues!!!)
  • Coaching others, how that started, where that is today, and how James loves doing it
  • Casey. — the family business James operates with mom and sister at www.caseyaus.com

Thanks for sharing James’ ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram and dive into the Casey. website.

This Ocean Life Podcast James Casey

Episode 5: Amadeo Bachar

Amadeo Bachar and the Intersection of Ocean and Art

In this episode we talk with Amadeo Bachar, a man of the ocean who has carved out an amazing life in the water spearing, surfing, fishing while building his professional life out of the water drawing and painting ocean imagery. Amadeo shares his stories of growing up in an ocean-focused family hunting and gathering along the California coast and his transition into a world-renowned artist. We hear Amadeo’s rad stories from bagging a 63-lb white seabass to finding zen in his art and raising his daughter to find her own ocean life.

Definitely go check out Amadeo’s art on WWW.ABACHAR.COM.

Amadeo Bachar art

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 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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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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Episode 1: Nick Franco

Nick Franco and Molokai 2 Oahu on His Own Hand-shaped Paddle Boards

In both 2016 and 2017 Nick Franco won his division in the Molokai 2 Oahu world paddleboarding championships on prone boards that he made himself. In this inaugural podcast episode, Nick Franco shares his stories about becoming a world class athlete in the cold waters of Northern California (where very few paddle seriously), his drive to build the next generation of paddleboards with his Shearwater Paddleboards company, and general passion for surfing, diving, and family. Thanks for sharing Nick’s ocean life with us — we hope you go out and live your ocean life to its fullest. 

You can find pictures and video of Nick on the ShearwaterPaddleboards Instagram and website.

Nick Franco shaping paddleboards

Nick Franco in the lab