Kiteboarding

Episode 117: Sailing Wildside

Sailing Wildside -- kiteboard adventure trips, Caribbean, Greece, life afloat

** Interview episode 117 **

Today we hear the rad story of two people coming together and building a lifestyle business around their love of the ocean. This story of Steve and Monika takes us from the waters around Turkey where they first bonded over their mutual obsession for kiteboarding, to their time around the Greek Islands, crossing the Atlantic, and into the Caribbean where they are today. We hear about Steve and Monika running their adventure travel business aboard their sailing catamaran, treating guests to the beautiful waters and wind of the Caribbean, and enjoying their own ocean life living afloat. If you’re into kiting, sailing, or just pure freedom on the ocean, you’ll like today’s story from Steve and Monika.

 

Once we get back to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic and you’re itching for an adventure on the water, check out what Steve and Monika are up to at SailingWildside.com. Top notch comfort, amazing setting, and great hosts — you won’t go wrong 🙂 

This Ocean Life Podcast Steve Hooker

Episode 113: Greg Norman, Jr

Greg Norman Jr -- kiting, surfing, spearfishing, world travel

** Interview Episode 113 **

With a family name synonymous with the sport of golf, Greg Norman Jr has carved out an incredibly deep and well—rounded life in the ocean. From growing up in the waters of Florida to years on Maui Greg has developed love and skill for riding all types of boards on the water — from surfing, kiting, foiling, to wake boarding. Adding on to this a strong passion for the hunt, Greg pushes himself underwater with spearfishing both reefs and blue water, enjoying getting lost in the flow that being in the ocean provides to us all. Throughout, Greg has placed high emphasis on close connection to family and providing greater access to board sports for all with his Shark Cable Park. We started our conversation around the role that the ocean played in his recent engagement to his wife-to-be (it’s a rad story).

Check out the Shark Cable Park at www.sharkwakepark.com

It’s no secret that I love fish art and KC Scott, a name you’ll hear a few times on today’s episode, is one of my favorite marine artists out there. Whether it’s blue marlin pushing bait or a hog fish hovering above the reef, KC captures scenes of the wild that many of us lay awake at night dreaming about. Have a look at kcscottartist.com and if you find apparel or artwork that you like, enter coupon code OCEAN20 (all caps) at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your order. When you do you’ll be supporting this family owned and operated business that’s dedicated to helping us all grow our connection to the ocean.
 

Other pieces to our conversation:

  • Growing up with his father introducing Greg to the ocean — surfing, diving
  • Living on Maui and pursuing love for kiting — competing professionally in the early 2000’s
  • Story of his first date spearfishing with his wife to be
  • Discuss the ins and outs of foiling and how it changes our perspective on waves
  • Kiting and wake boarding trip in Prince William Sound Alaska with hair raising exit by boat
  • Wearing dry suits to wakeboard and forgetting to zipper
  • Spearfishing in the Bahamas and team sport of hunting and landing cobia
  • Wonder and beauty of interacting with sharks underwater
  • Sense of flow in golf and sports in the ocean and challenge of changing your mindset to slow down and focus on the present

 

 

You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  

Stoked Grom Stories: Bobo Gallagher

Stoked Grom Stories: Bobo Gallagher -- SUP foiling, surfing, downwinding, kiting

In this episode of Stoked Grom Stories I talk with Bobo Gallagher, a young man who is loving his life in the waters of Maui. Bobo shares stories of getting hooked on surfing after riding his first wave, the first time he picked up a paddle and surfed SUP, and his discovery of downwinding. We hear about the great support Bobo has from his family and crew of friends in the water who help him train and learn the ocean. Bobo talks about his love for foiling in the surf and downwind and shares his thoughts on the new foil wing and what it’s like downwinding in the Hood River Gorge in Oregon. Bobo does a great job answering the lightning round of questions and shows a lot of great character and passion for his ocean life. 

 

Thanks for sharing Bobo’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures of him ripping on Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Bobo Gallagher

Episode 74: Ryan Levinson – Pt 2

Ryan Levinson Part 2 - muscular dystrophy at sea, living afloat in French Polynesia, rediscovering the bodyboard

In Episode 74 we check back in Ryan Levinson, a hard charging man of the water living with Muscular Dystrophy in the waters of French Polynesia. Ryan recaps the past 6 months living on a sail catamaran in Tahitian waters with wife Nicole. We hear of them making the move to their new catamaran after being passed by that boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean en route from Mexico and the learning curve to life on a new, larger boat. Ryan shares the day to day routine of life in the Tahitian Islands, scuba diving, kite boarding, sailing, and the relationships they’ve made with other cruisers. Ryan shares perspective on riding waves with the bodyboard in the heavy Tahitian surf as his continued loss of muscle makes it more and more challenging to ride waves. We hear about a perfect paradise island that he and Nicole have found with incredible surf and amazing local people (which Ryan is keeping secret — I’m going to get it out of him :)).

Thanks for sharing Ryan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Ryan and Nicole on their Facebook page, Instagram page and epic YouTube Channel, Two Afloat.

Please also check out the adaptive sports organizations that Ryan works with:

https://www.challengedathletes.org

https://stokeforlife.org/

This Ocean Life Podcast Ryan Levinson

Episode 48: Jalou Langeree

Jalou Langeree - World Champion Kitesurfer, Woman of the Water

In Episode 48 we speak with Jalou Langeree, 3X world kitesurfing champion and woman of the water. Jalou shares her stories of growing up on the Dutch Coast and finding her love of surfing and kiting in the rugged North Sea. We hear of Jalou’s focus on competing at the top level of women’s kiteboarding, her love of traveling the world and riding new water, and the camaraderie amongst male and female competitors on the world tour. Jalou shares with us some of her favorite waves, stories of epic sessions in places like Mauritius, Morocco, and South Africa, all while maintaining a very humble perspective on life and family. We talk about being active in multiple sports such as SUP and foiling to maintain stoke overall for her core passion of kiting.

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Jalou Langeree

Episode 47: Sensi Graves

Sensi Graves - Professional Kiteboarder, Designer of Bikinis for Girls Who Rip

In Episode 47 we speak with Sensi Graves, a woman of the water who has built an amazing life around kiteboarding and designing bikinis for active women. Sensi takes us through her life of board sports in California to finding her passion for surfing and kiteboarding around the Outer Banks of North Carolina and becoming a professional athlete. We hear the story of Sensi building and running her Sensi Graves Bikini line, her philosophy of empowering women in the water, sustainable business, and pursuing an active lifestyle balanced between a career and love for the water. 

 Thanks for sharing Sensi’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of her on Instagram, learn about her kiteboarding retreats, and see her epic bikinis.

This Ocean Life Podcast Sensi Graves

Episode 30: Ryan Levinson

Ryan Levinson and An Adaptive Life in the Water

In Episode 30 we speak with Ryan Levinson, a legend in the water who reached incredible levels of success beyond what most of us would dream about — all while battling Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Ryan shares his story of being diagnosed with MD and the path he set for himself to push beyond any limits in the ocean as member of US Sailing Team, scuba instructor, director of EMS/Rescue for the Big Wave World Tour, kiteboarder, and more. Ryan shares an inspiring and positive perspective on adopting new ocean activities as his MD progressed, continually finding solace and flow in the ocean, and living in the Tahitian waters on his sailboat. I’m humbled to have had Ryan spend time with me and am beyond inspired by him — you will be too.

Thanks for sharing Ryan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Ryan on his Facebook page, Instagram page and epic YouTube Channel, Two Afloat.

Please also check out the adaptive sports organizations that Ryan works with:

https://www.challengedathletes.org

https://stokeforlife.org/

This Ocean Life Ryan Levinson surf