Surfing

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

Episode 102: Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy -- jack of many trades in the ocean

** Episode 102 ** Every now and then you meet someone who blows you away with their strength across multiple disciplines in the water. Scott Kennedy is one of those people. As a fisherman, surfer, diver, spear fisherman, boater, and more Scott takes us through his life growing up in Southern California, migrating to Northern California, learning his skills in the ocean the hard way – on his own, and finding great adventure and memories throughout. From hand-shaping surfboards to a love of body surfing, working in aquaculture and sustainable seafood consulting, Scott gives us a unique and humble perspective on the ocean we all love.
 
If you like what you hear today, take 5 minutes and visit FishWise.org or SeafoodWatch.org and read a few things about your favorite, tasty fish and educate on best purchasing practices for you and your family. Let’s use our wallets to let seafood companies know how important sustainable fish populations are to us all. Thanks for caring about the ocean and thanks for being here today sharing in the ocean life of Scott Kennedy.
 
Thanks for sharing Scott’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  
 
* Other pieces of our conversation *

 

  • Fishing for yellowfiin tuna on the Pacific Dawn charter boar
  • Scott’s 16ft Radoncraft skiff (boat) he spent over 600 hours on — adventure, fishing, more
  • Learning his way in the ocean around La Jolla, CA — trial by fire
  • Hand-shaping over 60 surfboards to continually experiment with different styles of craft to ride waves on
  • Anticipation and excitement for his growing family and what it means to get his kids in the water
  • Recent surf trip to the Maldives
This Ocean Life Podcast Scott Kennedy

Episode 99: Zeb Walsh

Zeb Walsh -- prone paddling Bass Straight, winning Molokai 2 Oahu, big wave rescue training

Episode 99!!

Zeb Walsh grew up in the waters of Southern Australia to become a world-class ocean athlete with a strong focus on long-distance and semi-crazy endurance events. Today Zeb shares his stories of winning the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race, paddling with friends across the Bass Strait to Tasmania, and hand-carving a dugout canoe for a 250km / 2 week paddle across the Torres Strait. Along the way we share a bunch of laughs while talking foiling, big wave rescue training, getting the groms out into the wild, and Zeb and me first meeting days before paddling M2O way back in 2011.
 
After you listen to Zeb here you’re gonna be fired up to get out in the water. Before you go though, decide on 1 way you will not use plastic today and then follow through on it. It’s pretty rad to do.
 
Thanks for sharing Zeb’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram and his rad documentaries on Red Bull.  
This Ocean Life Podcast Zeb Walsh

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 95: Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn — sunscreen pioneer, surfer, environmentalist

In episode 95 I speak with Kevin Dunn, founder and operator of BurnOut Suncare, one of the first environmentally-friendly and health conscious sunscreens to hit the market almost 20 years ago. Kevin takes us through his days of living and surfing on Maui, traveling and surfing Indonesia, to his kitchen where he made his first batch of sunscreen. We hear of Kevin’s focus to make a sunscreen that lasted in the water while being healthy for both people and the planet, the challenges he faced early on with bringing this, then niche, product to market, and the amazing reaction to his sunscreen that the market has had since. Kevin shares his knowledge of the chemicals and ingredients used in sunscreens, their effects on people and corals, and gives us a great overview of what ‘reef safe’ really means. We talk global warming, ocean acidification, and the effects that sunscreen chemicals have on corals with mention of some of the responses that places like Palau and Hawaii have taken to help protect their coral reefs from these chemicals. Kevin also shares his philosophy of Burnout Suncare and his drive to minimize every aspect of their environmental impact.

To get 50% off your order of Burnout Suncare products, go to their website at www.burnoutsun.com and enter the code ‘ThisOceanLife50’. My family and I use Burnout exclusively and absolutely love it — check it out!

Thanks for sharing Kevin’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out BurnOut Suncare on the web and  Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Burnout Suncare

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 92: Pat Shaughnessy

Pat Shaughnessy -- Mavericks competitor, prone paddle athlete

In episode 92 I speak with a good friend and legend, Pat Shaughnessy, a world class big wave surfer and prone board paddler. Pat takes us through the past few years of focusing his summers on lifeguarding at Santa Cruz beaches and competing in both the Catalina Classic and Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board races with stories of dealing with the physical and mental challenges of these long distance events. Pat takes us through the evolution of his surfing from competitive shortboarding in his early teens to following his sister, Savannah, to Mavericks for his first big wave introduction. We hear of Pat taking a cautious first few years at Mavericks before things clicking for him and finding his true love for big wave surfing and being invited to compete in the 3 recent Mavericks contests. Pat talks about his crew in the line-up, continued inspiration from his sister in big waves, no-leash days at Puerto Escondido, and spending time to help the next generation find their stoke for big waves.

 

Thanks for sharing Pat’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Pat on Instagram. Top photo credit: Ryan Craig / @chachfile

This Ocean Life Podcast Pat Shaughnessy

Episode 90: Tyler Conroy

Tyler Conroy -- foiling, surfing, Mavericks, water rescue

In episode 90 I speak with a friend and local hero of mine, Tyler Conroy, who has built a well rounded ocean life for himself in Santa Cruz, CA. Tyler shares his stories of learning to surf as a young teen and moving quickly into some of the heavier Northern California water, his time in Jr Lifeguards, and transition into surfing big waves. We hear of Tyler’s first session at Mavericks, some of the local legends who coached him into his first waves, and surfing Mavs with his group of close friends and wife, Savannah. Tyler talks about the lineup at Mavericks, working jet ski rescue in big waves, his breath hold training, love for spearfishing, and progression on the foil (and challenges of the sport here in cold, kelpy, Santa Cruz). 

 

Thanks for sharing Tyler’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Tyler on Instagram. 

This Ocean Life Podcast Tyler Conroy Mavericks

Episode 89: Luke Adolfson

Luke Adolfson -- surfing, travel, Jaws, helping Maui youth

In episode 89 I speak with Luke Adolfson, a surfer and diver focusing his energy into pursuing happiness in the waters of Maui. Luke shares stories of surfing on Maui, surfing local WQS contests, and his time over the past years pushing himself at Peahi (Jaws). We hear of Luke’s world travel surfing Indo, South Africa, and more with time spent helping those less fortunate with missionary work to Uganda. Luke shares his perspective on the youth of Maui today and the energy he and others in the community are putting into helping the kids stay focused on their goals in life and finding happiness on that beautiful island. Luke and I replay a recent story of a close call with a boat when spearfishing together off of Napili and hear of Luke’s pursuit of breath holding and apnea training.

 

Thanks for sharing Luke’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Luke on Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Luke Adolfson
This Ocean Life Podcast Luke Adolfson

Episode 87: Johnny Kahakalahoa

Johnny Kahakaloha -- water life on Maui, enduring Molokai 2 Oahu

In episode 87 I speak with Johnny Kahakaloha, a man who has found his calling on land and the water of Maui. Johhny talks story of moving to Maui and immersing himself in local Hawaiian culture within the town of Kahakuloa where he learned how to live off of the land and be in harmony with the natural world around him, all while remotely running a highly successful record label company. Johnny tells the story of his entry into the world of paddling starting with the outrigger canoe and moving to the SUP where today Johnny is a regular in the waves and downwind courses on Maui. We hear of the strong community of Maui board paddlers and people who have influenced Johnny to take on one of the biggest paddle challenges on the planet, Molokai 2 Oahu. Johnny shares his story of deciding to paddle M2O in 2019 three weeks before the race and his intense training he went through to prepare. Johnny then shares a super heavy story of being stuck in 30-knot wind less than 2-miles from the M2O finish line and having to dig deep to persevere and finish the race. Throughout, we hear a great perspective from Johnny on finding and pursuing passion in life.

 

Thanks for sharing Johnny’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Johnny on Instagram.

This Ocean Life Podcast Johnny Kahakaloha