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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 83: Mick Slattery

Mick Slattery -- SureFire boards, surfing, SUP, water life in Sydney

In episode 83 we hear the stories of Mick Slattery around his world of surfing and running SureFire Boards in his home waters of Sydney, Australia. Mick takes us through his time as a grom being in the Nipper program (Jr Lifeguard), moving from the bodyboard to surfboard, leading to hollow barrels and epic waves in the Mentawis. We hear of Mick’s first SUP session way back in 2009 that brought him to experimenting with SUP shaping and design which ultimately brought him to building his SureFire Board company. Mick talks philosophy behind his board design and the importance of delivering high quality to his customers. We hear stories of Mick interviewing and surfing with some of the biggest legends of the sport like Kai Lenny and Gerry Lopez and a fun tale of beating a brand new rental truck in the sand dunes with Laird Hamilton.

Thanks for sharing Mick’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Mick on Instagram and Facebook. Vote for SureFire Boards to be SUP Brand of the Year!!

This Ocean Life Podcast Mick Slattery

Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 2

Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 2 - Gerry Lopez, Josh Riccio, Alice Henley, Jenn Lee, Mike Dilloughery

In part 2 of this multi-part series with stories and perspectives on the world’s gnarliest paddle board race, Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O). Five of my past guests and current legends in the water — Gerry Lopez, Josh Riccio, Alice Henley, Jenn Lee, Mike Dilloughery — all share their past experiences paddling in the Kaiwi Channel (The Channel of Bones) including seasickness, poor choice of lines, horrific sunburns, dealing with mental fatigue, logistical nightmares, and much more.

Gerry Lopez podcast stories from M2O is available here.

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Episode 80: Hunter Pflueger — Molokai 2 Oahu stories

Hunter Pflueger -- Molokai 2 Oahu Stories

In the continuing series around the unofficial world championships of padde board racing, Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O), we speak with Hunter Pflueger on his past years in the Kaiwi Channel. Hunter takes us from his first relay team as a 13-year old grom up to today where he is focused on challenging to win the prone stock division. Hunter shares his stories of training for the event, persevering through the various areas of the channel, pushing through the mental and physical challenges paddlers face in this heavy 32-mile stretch of water. We hear of intense paddle battles with other racers, bumping rails across the channel, and epic finishes. Hunter provides a very humble and gracious perspective on the event, the paddle community, and his own family for providing strong support for him throughout the years. 

Thanks for sharing Hunter’s M2O stories with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Hunter on Instagram.

Episode 76: Steve Shlens — Molokai 2 Oahu stories

Steve Shlens Part 2: Molokai to Oahu paddle stories

In this podcast episode we chat again with Steve Shlens talking about the seven Molokai 2 Oahu races he’s competed in. Steve shares stories from his first time in the Kaiwi Channel and the hard learning curve everyone faces around travel, logistics, and paddling the race. We hear about Steve being lost in the Channel for 3+ hours when his escort boat was unable to locate him after the start plus great perspective on the mental challenges the race delivers and Steve’s tactics for overcoming them. Steve relates stories of sinking boats, fixing large holes in his paddle board before the race, working with boat captains, and the overall amazing camaraderie of this very special event. Whether you’ve done M2O or are considering the attempt, there is plenty of great stories and perspective from Steve to enjoy.

Thanks for sharing Steve’s M2O stories with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Steve on Instagram. You can hear Steve’s Part 1 episode here.

This Ocean Life Podcast Steve Shlens M2O

Episode 79: Troy Nebeker – Part II

Troy Nebeker Part 2 -- 24 hours of paddling for cancer

In episode 79 we bring back Troy Nebeker to hear about the 2019 24 Hour Paddle for cancer and the incredible grass roots growth that the event is experiencing. Troy takes us through the fun and challenge that his own Team Seattle faced in this 2019 event, shares some stories from other teams around the nation as they paddle around the clock in their local waters, and discusses the amazing growth within the paddle board community that this organic movement has experienced in the last 5 years. Troy and I talk shop about various aspects of the 24 Hour paddle including the sense of community, commitment, and physical challenges to being in the water in the middle of the night. A lot of great inspiration to do good for others through our own time in the ocean!

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

 

#GoBecauseYouCan

This Ocean Life Podcast Troy Nebeker

Gerry Lopez: Molokai 2 Oahu Stories

Gerry Lopez -- Molokai 2 Oahu paddle stories

In this continuation of our series of Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race stories, we hear from the legend Gerry Lopez on his time in the Kaiwi Channel. Gerry takes us through the years he competed in the M2O event on relay teams, sharing tales of big seas, epic paddle battles to the finish, choosing the wrong line, and more. We hear Gerry’s perspective on the challenging conditions that the Kaiwi Channel can provide, his respect for that water, and some neat history on the M2O event and the people who have been involved with keeping the tradition alive. Photo credit: Bernie Baker.

To learn more about the Molokai 2 Oahu event see their website at http://www.molokai2oahu.com/

This Ocean Life Podcast M2O Starting Line

Episode 68: Alo Slebir

Alo Slebir - charging Mavericks at age 17, board paddling, spearfishing

In episode 68 we visit with Alo Slebir, a 17-year old man born and bred for the water who is up for a WSL Big Wave Paddle Award for the 2018/19 winter. Alo takes us through his progression surfing big Steamer Lane before finding his passion for the waves at Mavericks at age 14, the mentors who inspired and guided him, along with his perspective on that wave and the changes he’s seen in the lineup over a few short years. Alo shares stories of being addicted to the Powerlines videos of Mavericks as a young kid, competitive surfing in the local Santa Cruz scholastic league, his love for downwind prone paddling (just like dear old dad), and recent love for freediving and spearfishing. We also hear stories of surf trips to Mainland Mexico and a recent, epic trip to Iceland. Plenty to be inspired by from this young man of the water.

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Alo Slebir

Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 1

Molokai 2 Oahu Stories: Part 1

In this multi-part series I’ve put together the first set of stories and perspectives on the world’s gnarliest paddle board race, Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O). Six of my past guests and current legends in the water — Lincoln Dews, Mick Di Betta, Morgan Hoesterey, Nick Franco, Leanne Horton, and Jeff Denholm — all share their past experiences paddling in the Kaiwi Channel (The Channel of Bones) including sinking boats, injuries, super heavy conditions, the first M2O event ever, competing both SUP and prone, logistical horror stories, and much, much more.

If you enjoy this story compilation I’d be stoked if you gave a nice rating of This Ocean Life in your podcast app or even better stop using plastics whenever possible so we can keep them out of the environment and out of the stomachs of our favorite ocean critters. Thanks!

This Ocean Life Podcast M2O