Maui

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 94: Suzie Cooney

Suzie Cooney -- ocean athlete trainer, Maliko downwind, Maui life

In episode 94 I speak with Suzie Cooney, a well-rounded athlete who has turned her love of the ocean into a lifestyle of training others. Suzie takes us through her evolution from windsurfing and motocross riding to stand up paddling (SUP) and finding her passion for the world-famous Maliko downwind course on Maui. We hear of Suzie’s approach to training athletes both remotely and in person, her approach to the physical and mental aspects of endurance paddling, and her passion for spending time to help others grow strong in the ocean. Suzie shares her story of building a massive SUP event to raise awareness for women’s health and leveraging that to grow an amazing lifestyle of writing books, training others, and competing in SUP events. We hear of a recent trip to Hood River, Suzie’s love for riding dirt bikes, and her strength pushing through injuries to continue to thrive in the ocean.

 

Thanks for sharing Suzie’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of her on Instagram, training website, and Mailko run website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Suzie Cooney

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 88: Bobby Twitchell

Bobby Twitchell -- Maui life underwater, spearfishing, freediving, sustainability

In Episode 88 I sit down with Bobby Twitchell, a man born and bred in the waters of West Maui. Bobby shares stories of fishing and spearing from the age of 4 through today where he runs Maui Spearfishing Academy, a thriving local business introducing people to free diving and spearfishing with a major focus on education and sustainability. We hear stories of Bobby teaching himself the ways of hunting underwater and the continual progression of his free diving education and skill. Bobby shares his perspective on college life in Arizona then returning to Maui and building his business, stories of pursuing big fish and dealing with sharks and other natural challenges in the waters of Maui, and what Bobby’s familiarity with the local reefs and fish of Maui means to him. We hear of Bobby’s formal freedive training and his natural breath holding ability (which I am admittedly envious of) and his great perspective on competitive freediving versus doing it for the love of the hunt. And we open up by recounting a tale of Bobby and I being way to close to the path of a speeding boat during a dive on the Napili coast 🙂

 

Thanks for sharing Bobby’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Bobby on Instagram and his Maui Spearfishing Academy website.

This Ocean LIfe Podcast Bobby Twitchell

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

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

Stoked Grom Stories: Riley Auble

Riley Auble - surfing, fishing, travel, board paddling

In this episode of Stoked Grom Stories we speak with Riley Auble, a young man enjoying a life growing up in Santa Cruz, California. We hear of Riley’s adventures traveling to Vietnam and his favorite surf spots on Maui. Riley talks about his love for fishing, helping disabled children enjoy the waves with Ride-A-Wave, and the epic finish of his Junior Lifeguard paddle team at the 2018 California Regional competition. Riley takes us through some of his strategy for competitive surfing and his stoke for paddling prone boards. 

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

This Ocean Life Podcast Riley Auble

Episode 16: Jenn Lee

Jenn Lee and Crossing the Molokai Channel 3X on 3 Different Craft

In Episode 16 we speak with Jennifer Lee an amazing woman of the water who accomplished the incredible feat of crossing the 32-mile Molokai Channel solo 3 times on 3 different water craft in 1 year. As a strong SUP and 6-person outrigger canoe competitor Jenn shares her stories of developing skill on the ocean canoe (OC1) and surf ski, working through the challenges of racing across the Molokai Channel 3 times within a short few months, and her humble approach to pushing her own limits of endurance. Jenn’s energy and perspective is amazing and anybody pushing their own limits in the ocean will be inspired.

Jenn Lee This Ocean Life Podcast