Sailing and Boating

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 115: Erin Carey

Erin Carey -- family sailing in the Caribbean, trans-Atlantic crossing, S/V ROAM

** Interview episode 115 **

Erin Carey and family set out to sail the world with zero previous experience at sea. With true grit, determination, and some luck her family of 5 enjoyed 18 months sailing the Caribbean aboard S/V ROAM and topped it off with an Atlantic crossing into the Azores. With moments of inspiration and perseverance to the incredibly sketchy and borderline dangerous, this is the story of Erin, her family, and sailing vessel ROAM. See more about Erin, S/V ROAM, and her company ROAM Generation.

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

 

 

With the current state of plastic pollution, climate change, and COVID-19, I’d say it’s a perfect time for each of us to make a long-term change. Any change, in any way that reduces our footprint on the world leaving more possibility for future generations to enjoy the magic of the ocean. Moving to reusable silicon bags instead of plastic for your food storage is one, buying local and sustainable farmed seafood or produce is another, or skipping Starbucks a couple times a month and donating that money to a non-profit doing good for the world. The list of possibilities is long and I guarantee there is something in it for each of us. So get creative and get committed.

This Ocean Life Podcast Erin Carey

Stoked Grom Stories: Cooper Sisters

Stoked Grom Stories: Cooper Sisters -- sailing South Pacific, surfing, diving, life afloat

** Stoked Grom Stories Episode 7 **

Growing up in my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, The Cooper Sisters, 9 year old Isla and 12 year old Malia, left it all behind with their parents for life at sea. Since January 2019, the entire family has been living in the South Pacific aboard sailing vessel Renegade where the girls have transformed personally, spiritually, and athletically.

With daily life of surfing, diving, fishing, and sailing both Malia and Isla have chosen unique paths in the ocean, developing strength and confidence extremely unique for their age — from surfing hollow waves to diving with sharks. With frequent visits to the outer Fijian Islands, the girls have developed strong understanding and respect for the customs of tribal culture and have made friends with villagers, attended local school, and developed their own strong sense of self-confidence.

 

To see more about the Cooper Family, visit their website at http://www.sailingwithrenegade.com/. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  

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 104: Lin Pardey

Lin Pardey - 200k miles of sailing, dual circumnavigations, book author

In her early 20’s, Lin Pardey found her calling to live a sailing life at sea. 50 years later and over 200,000 miles sailed, Lin has completed 2 circumnavigations of the world, enjoyed countless adventures at sea, and sailed some of the heaviest water on the planet including Cape Horn and the Bass Strait. Throughout Lin applied her passion for writing and authored over a dozen books on sailing along with numerous articles published in magazines and journals. Today, Lin shares her story with us and provides an inspiring perspective on simplifying life to pursue our passions in the ocean that helps remind us all that we can design an ocean life that suits each of us.

To learn much more about Lin, see her Facebook page, blog, and books on Amazon.com. With 2020 kicked off, let’s all make a pledge in this new year to do more for the ocean and those around us.

This Ocean Life Podcast Lin Pardey

Episode 98: Greg Lewandowski

Greg Lewandowski -- boat captain, scuba instructor, freediver, fisherman, photographer

Born in Poland and raised in the cold ocean waters of Maine, Greg Lewandowski began scuba diving at age 9, running boats, and developing a strong love for being in the ocean at a young age. Today he takes us through his stories of living and working across the Caribbean, running scuba diving charters, fishing, and freediving on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, his artistic approach to photography, and memorable moments with whales, sharks, manta rays, monk seals, and much more. You can find Greg on Instagram by his handle @seafeverh2o. And we can all cut way down on our plastic usage to help protect the environment and some of our favorite ocean animals we hear about today.

More highlights of our conversation:

  • First experienced tropical water at age 15 in Honduras setting him on a path of travel throughout the Caribbean serving as scuba divemaster and instructor before landing on the south shore of Kauai where Greg lives today.
  • Shares perspective on the spirit of Kauai and the ability for the island to either accept or reject people who move there.
  • Greg talks about running scuba tours for Fathom Five Divers, the amazing diving in the water around Niihau and the animals found there.
  • Most memorable experience underwater floating eye-to-eye with a juvenile hump back whale in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Spending time in the water with Hawaiian Monk Seal, local sharks, mantas, spinner dolphins
  • Operating tour boats in the unpredictable waters of Kauai
  • Fishing for the pelagic game fish in the Hawaiian waters — tunas, ono
  • Artistry that goes into making lures from scratch
  • Photography, favorite photo of a model on the beach just before a wave breaks around her
  • Evolution of freediving as another way to interact in the ocean
  • The abstract nature of bodybuilding relative to diving and being in the ocean (hint, wetsuits don’t fit so well but you need less weight to dive 🙂

Thanks for sharing Greg’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram .

This Ocean Life Podcast Greg Lewandowski

Episode 93: Cooper Family Part 2

Cooper Family -- Sailing the South Pacific (Pt 2)

In episode 93 we check in with Brian and Robyn Cooper, a family from Santa Cruz, CA who, with their 2 daughters, left it all behind 9 months prior to live a dream of sailing in the South Pacific. Brian and Robyn describe their first few months of learning their sailboat Renegade, the ins and outs of sailing among the islands and reefs of Fiji, and developing confidence in their sailing capabilities. The Coopers share perspective on traveling in the outer Fijian Islands, surfing incredible waves, diving, fishing, boat-schooling the kids, and spending time in many local villages where they’ve learned and embraced the Fijian culture. We hear of how the family is adapting to life afloat and how their daughters, ages 9 and 12, are growing and changing as result of spending tons of time in the ocean and interacting with the Fijian culture. Brian and Robyn talk about the next major part of their trip which takes them over a 10-day passage to New Zealand then over to Indonesia and other epic parts of the South Pacific.

 

Thanks for sharing Brian and Robyn’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of them on Instagram, their website SailingWithRenegade.com.

This Ocean Life Podcast Cooper Family

Episode 91: Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson

Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson -- 59 North Sailing, offshore sailing adventure company

In episode 91 I speak with Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson, owners and operators of 59 North, an offshore sailing adventure company operating in the Atlantic Ocean. Andy and Mia tell their story of founding the company based on their love for sailing, the challenges they faced building a business of taking guests (or ‘crew’) with different levels of sailing experience out to sea for extended periods of time, and their own respective backgrounds in the ocean. Andy and Mia share stories from the various routes they take on their trips, from trans-Atlantic crossings to northern passages past Norway, we hear of the gear required, how they structure their crew during a voyage, and the special times they share with their crew at sea, helping others learn the love of sailing and the open ocean. Andy and Mia touch on the special connection we all share with the ocean and relate specific stories of their own spiritual interactions with animals at sea.

 

Thanks for sharing Andy and Mia’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of them on Instagram, their website 59-north.com, and awesome podcast, On The Wind.

This Ocean Life Podcast 59 North Sailing

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 65: Chris Hearn

Chris Hearn - Master Mariner, disasters at sea television show

In podcast Episode 64 we speak with Chris Hearn, a man of the ocean from Newfoundland who is part of the Smithsonian Channel’s ‘Disasters at Sea’ television series that reexamine some of the most mysterious and harrowing sea disasters of the last 50 years. Chris takes us through his his work on the show helping to capture the human experience of maritime disasters that Smithsonian re-creates. We hear about Chris’s 15+ year career at sea, traveling the world, and reaching the level of Master Mariner. Chris talks about a variety of vessels he has operated from ice breakers, to cargo ships, drilling, and more while sharing his perspective on life at sea running a ship and living with the raw wild of the ocean. Chris shares an incredible story of being caught in a ‘perfect storm’ scenario near the Grand Banks and talks about his current role as director of a marine simulation center helping the maritime industry become more safe.

Disasters at Seas is really well done show that makes you feel part of the actual disaster. Check it out on the Smithsonian Channel.

Thanks for sharing Chris’s ocean life with us. You can more information on his work with Disasters at Sea on the Smithsonian website 

This Ocean Life Podcast Chris Hearn