Art and Photography

Episode 128: CJ Hobgood

CJ Hobgood -- professional surfing, movie making, family, life evolution

I’m really excited to share with you all a figure in modern surfing that continues to evolve and expand his influence in the surf industry, Mr CJ Hobgood. You hear his name, and you may automatically identify CJ with an amazing professional surfing career where he was ASP rookie of the year and former world champion but what I really enjoyed learning was there is so much more to CJ than riding waves.

He’s an identical twin to his brother, Damien, CJ is a dedicated family man, he just created a movie, he’s podcasting, he’s helping support a major ocean lifestyle brand, and way more. We play some clips from the movie, And Two If By Sea, where CJ shares his own human experience in the world of professional surfing, we talk about pushing our limits in the ocean, the power of story telling, raising families, and more.

Lots of good stuff with CJ that I’m really stoked to share with you all. Be sure to check out And Two if By Sea — it’s available on Amazon Prime and as you’ll hear today you don’t need to love surfing to love this movie, there’s something in it for everybody. And because we are all looking for more podcasts to add to our lineup, go find and follow the Salty Stories Ship’s Log podcast that CJ’s launched with Salty Crew. So thanks again everyone.

 



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This Ocean Life Podcast CJ Hobgood

Episode 127: Sam Clothier

Sam Clothier -- hike and spear, seafood foraging, Wet Mammal YouTube

** Interview episode 127 **

Born and bred in the UK, Sam Clothier has found his calling diving and foraging in and around the ocean. From a young age Sam found his deep connection with the water and has been on a path of pursuit ever since. Honing his skllls in the breath hold and spearfishing on the rugged British Coast Sam has experienced waters and fish around the world from Fiji, Southeast Asia, Australia, and more.

 

With stories of handling sharks in Western Australia to discovering new experiences in his local waters Sam shares a great perspective on sustainably enjoying foods of the ocean that we rarely consider, the challenges of diving alone, and his own personal connection with being in the ocean. To see what Sam is up to go visit his YouTube channel, Wet Mammal, and think about foraging for some new, fresh food straight from the ocean that’s never been on your menu before. Enjoy!
This Ocean Life Podcast Sam Clothier

Episode 126: Vicky Durand

Vicky Durand -- Wave Woman the book, Waikiki surfing in the 1950s

** Interview episode 126 **

In this episode Vicky Durand takes us through the colorful life of her mother, Betty, charging waves in the 1950’s. From stories she’s captured in her recent book, Wave Woman, Vicky tells the story of her mother finding and thriving in the world of surfing, the legendary Waikiki surf scene, the first international surfing competition for woman, and much more. Vicky takes us through her own teen years of surfing on Hawaii, the characters, the waves, and her own stories of progressing in the ocean, and surfing with her mother. You can find the whole story in Wave Woman, available at wavewomanbook.com and major online book retailers, and if you love hearing about what I consider the golden days of surfing, you’ll love this book. 

This Ocean Life Podcast Wave Woman the Book

Episode 120: Neil Pearlberg

Neil Pearlberg -- Off The Lip Radio Show, chronicling Santa Cruz surfing

** Interview episode 120 **

Neil Pearlberg surfs, SUPs, writes and talks on all things skate and surf. As co-host of Off The Lip Radio Show Neil has been documenting the colorful surfing and skateboard lifestyle of Santa Cruz for over a decade. With over 375 episodes, Off The Lip Radio show shares the stories and perspectives from famous big wave chargers, local shapers, musicians, technologists, and much more. Today, Neil takes us through his days writing for the local newspaper, starting Off The Lip Radio, and being an early adopter of stand up paddle boarding in Santa Cruz. We hear his perspective on the evolution of santa cruz surfing over the last decade, sharing thoughts on the hot bed of talent and crazy characters that Santa Cruz waters have produced. Neil pulls no punches and tells it like it is —I hope you enjoy.

 

Find more about Off The Lip Radio Show and give a listen — visit https://offthelipradio.com/podcast or find it on all the major podcast platforms. If you like what you hear, I appreciate you following This Ocean Life on your podcast app and/or sharing with a friend. Hope everyone is well and safe. You can find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  

This Ocean Life Podcast Neil Pearlberg

Episode 116: Francesca Trotman

Francesca Trotman -- protecting waters and wildlife of Mozambique, alternatives to shark finning

** Interview episode 116 **

Francesca Trotman has dedicated her life to preserving the marine life of Mozambique. As a British scholar and marine biologist, Francesca formed a deep connection to the ocean animals in this part of Africa during her university field work and has since planted roots in the country, working with local governments and communities on a number of fronts to help preserve their ocean waters. From setting up marine protected areas to engaging on numerous scientific studies, educating local school children and more, Francesca’s non-profit foundation, Love The Oceans, is her legacy for protecting the ocean in that area of the African continent. Today, we hear her story, filled with inspiration, compassion, and dedication to doing something great for the ocean and another culture outside of her own. 

What I love so much about Francesca’a story today is her dedication to helping an emerging country, Mozambique, figure out how to best preserve and protect their wonderfual ocean waters and the animals that live in them. While these waters may be thousands of miles away from most of us, the whales, sharks, mantas, and dolphins know no boundaries and need all the support and protection that we can give them.
 

 

Imagine donating a mere $10 to Love The Oceans today and feeling good about helping to protect these species we’re hearing about in Mozambique, giving them a better chance to thrive in the waters around a developing continent and greatly increasing the chance that our own grandchildren will be able to swim with them in the future. Visit LoveTheOceans.org and see the various ways you can contribute. With Earth Day 2020 happening this week, it makes good sense to to get involved… And check out Francesca’s photography available for purchase on her website https://francescatrotman.co.uk/
This Ocean Life Podcast Francesca Trotman

Episode 112: Shannon Quirk

Shannon Quirk -- big wave world tour, empowering women in the water

** Interview Episode 112 **
 
From professional snowboarding to organizing big wave surfing events, Shannon Quirk has been part of the action sports world for over a decade. As a reporter and coordinator with the WSL Big Wave Tour Shannon has developed a close connection with the world’s big wave breaks and the men and women who charge them. From Argentina to Portugal to Hawaii, Shannon has lived seasonally in amazing locations building a global community of friends and family that have supported her in both her surfing and professional snowboarding. Throughout, Shannon has placed high emphasis on empowering women through sport and has been heavily involved with gender equity on the big wave tour and as an advocate of health and wellness of us all through day-to-day activity in the ocean.
 
Lots of great videos on Shannon’s YouTube channel and a close look at latest North Shore news and events — check her out at shannonreporting.com.

Other pieces of our conversation with Shannon:

  • Settling down on Oahu, life-giving nature of the ocean, surfing, and yoga
  • Living in various places around the world including Maui, with big focus on Nazare, Portugal for 3 years
  • Similarities of Portugal to Northern California — cold water, wetsuits and thick heavy waves
  • Working for the Big Wave Tour and ‘family’ aspect of big wave surfers
  • Knew as a youth that journalism was the path she wanted to pursue
  • Focus on growing movement of women in big wave surfing and finding new ways to showcase women in the 
  • Starting live reporting for Surf Channel at Mavericks and refining her craft of reporting over the years
  • Dynamics of big wave rescue, driving jet skis, and preparing to help yourself and others in big surf
  • Spent years as a pro snowboarder and traveling the world to chase winters. 
  • Shannon talks about her quiver on the North Shore — big wave boards down to 6’5 
  • The importance of yoga in Shannon’s regular routine

 

 

This Ocean Life Podcast Shannon Quirk

Episode 110: K.C. Scott

K.C. Scott -- fishing, diving, spearfishing, art

** Interview episode 110 **

K.C. Scott has based his life off of two core natural abilities revolving around the ocean. The first, his ability to interact first-hand with fish through angling, freediving, photography, and spearfishing, to return with vivid imagery of their natural beauty and power. The second, K.C.’s ability to transfer those real-life moments into creative pieces of art that, whether on a canvas or a t-shirt, continually keep us connected back to the ocean. With a lifestyle of creating amazing art and pursuing fish in his local Florida waters and more remote locations like Costa Rica, K.C. stays humble and appreciative of his talents, nature, and those around him. To round it all out, K.C. keeps focus on surfing and enjoying life with family and guiding his young daughter toward her own ocean life. Great stories, energy, and inspiration from K.C. Scott. Enjoy.

 

I love art of the ocean and seeing highly descriptive paintings on canvas and images on clothing of the magnificent fish are key ways that keep me amped for my next adventure in, on, or under the water. If ocean art also resonates with you, check out K.C. Scott’s art at kcscottartist.com where you can find art and apparell that will look good on your wall or the back of your shirt. If you find something you like, use coupon code OCEAN20 at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your order. When you do you’ll be supporting a family owned and operated business that’s dedicated to helping us all grow our connection to the ocean.

This Ocean Life Podcast KC Scott

Episode 109: Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey -- blending art and science of the ocean, spokesman of marine life

** Interview episode 109 **

Raised in the waters of Jamaica, educated in England, from his earliest days Guy Harvey has had a strong connection to the ocean that has manifested into a lifelong career of art, science, and business.  With a doctorate in marine biology and incredible natural gift for drawing and painting, Guy has pursued his passion for the ocean and the pelagic fish and sharks that make it home to build one of the first apparel brands focused on the ocean. Decades later, Guy has grown his brand into a thriving, sustainable company that funds ocean research projects that deliver new insights into highly migratory animals and raises awareness of their strong value to ecotourism. Stories, perspectives, inspiration — we hear it all today with Guy Harvey. Enjoy.

Listening to a podcast like this with stories from the ocean can help keep us energized and inspired to do great things in the ocean. So can wearing some good looking gear with your favorite underwater scenes and animals from the ocean — especially when it’s sustainably made and directly benefits research and protection. Guy Harvey’s brand is just that — it looks great and does good for the ocean. So check out his art and apparel at guyharvey.com where you can also learn more about his ocean foundation and all of the science we’re getting into today.
This Ocean Life Podcast Guy Harvey

Episode 108: SV Delos

SV Delos -- 10 years of sailing adventures, 45 countries

** Interview episode 108 **

Sailing Vessel Delos is a 53 foot boat that has journeyed over 70,000 nautical miles, visited 45 countries, and kept safe over 50 different visiting crew for the past ten years. Brady Trautman, and brother Bryan, started their epic adventure together in 2010 and have since added partners Karin and Alex to this core crew of four, sailing the world and documenting the people, places, and activities of life at sea. We hear from Brady and Alex today about the history of Delos, how a crew of four functions together, their recent adventures in 2019 including sharks, lightning, and 2 transatlantic crossings, and hear their perspective on a sustainable life at sea and passion for creating their awesome SV Delos Youtube series.
 
So definitely check them out online at SVDelos.com and see their YouTube channel — it’s by far some of the best ocean-focused videos out there. I hope Alex and Brady help inspire you get out on the water and find something new — whether it’s an entire ocean away or just down the coast from you — there’s always something new out there for each of us. Enjoy.
 
You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate   
 
 

Other parts of our conversation:

 

  • Brian and Brady Trautman brothers started sailing together in 2010
  • Initial 3-week trip from Mexico to Marquesas Islands turned into 10 years
  • Alex, joined Delos 3 years ago, running her own business, doing dive training. Reached out to Delos to join a trip and never left
  • Day to day life with 4 people aboard, from cooking to maintenance of the boat
  • Year recap of 2019 for Delos and crew, including 2 trans-Atlantic crossings and a gnarly lightning storm in the Bermuda Triangle
  • Working with the sextant to measure position on the ocean in absence of electronics
  • Amazing experience diving with blue sharks in the Azores
  • 200+ youtube videos and the love and effort the Delos crew puts in to produce amazing content
This Ocean Life Podcast SV Delos

Episode 101: Maria Fernanda

Maria Fernanda -- big wave surf photography, fins and a camera

Maria Fernanda swims with fins and a camera in waves that most of us won’t paddle out for. As a native of Mexico City, Maria found her love of the ocean through years of family trips to the coast to ultimately discovering natural strength in big surf. Tied to Maria’s passion for photography, this has led her on a journey to photograph some of the heaviest waves on the planet such as Nazare, Pipeline, Todos Santos, and her home break of Puerto Escondido. Along the way Maria has trained in big wave rescue, survived a broken leg in the water, built a global community of friends in the ocean, and continuously pushes her physical and mental limits swimming in heavy surf.
 
If you like what you hear today, go check out Save the Waves Coalition, at savethewaves.org, and learn about ways thay you can help protect sensitive surf breaks and preserve them for future generations. Thanks for caring about our ocean and thanks for being here today sharing in the ocean life of Maria Fernanda.
 
Thanks for sharing Maria’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check her out on Instagram and her website.  
 
* Other pieces of our conversation *

 

  • Recent (November 2019) swell at Nazare
  • Swimming and taking photos at legendary big wave breaks such as Jaws, Puerto Escondido, Pipeline, Todos Santos, Waimea Bay, Nazare.
  • First photo shoots and heavy waves on Kuaui
  • Mental and physical training for swimming in big waves
  • Growing up in Mexico City and finding her strength in the ocean through weekend trips to the coast with family
  • Having a mentor to teach her surf photography, starting with a disposable camera!
  • Perspective on the mainland Mexico big wave surf scene, and global big wave surf communit
This Ocean Life Podcast Maria Fernanda