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This Ocean Life Podcast. Fishing, freediving, surfing, paddling, spearfishing, sailing, anything in the ocean… Bi-weekly podcast series capturing the stories and life times of people around the world who have based their lives on the ocean. Hosted by Josh Pederson.

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Surf Expo Stories: Part 2

Here we go with Surf Expo Part 2. So many great stories from north america’s largest watersports and beach lifestyle show in the retail industry, I had to split it into 2 episodes to be sure I could do them all justice. If you didn’t listen to it already, check out part 1 if you need some background on the what, where, and how of Surf Expo. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy this set of stories and perspectives from this event that’s much more than a watersports retail show.

Surf Expo is North America’s largest watersports and beach lifestyle show in the retail industry. With hundreds of brands and thousands of retailers connecting to stock the stores that we all buy our gear from, Surf Expo is a key platform for the commercial side of many of our ocean lives. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the January 2020 show and speak with a wide range of brands on the significance of the event as well as chat with the management team who puts it all together each year. What I found within all of this was that Surf Expo is like a really fun eco-friendly festival that celebrates not just great, new products, but also art, non-profit groups, the craft of shaping surfboards, the skill of skating a mini ramp, and overall — a strong community of the ocean-minded.

 In this second part, we hear stories from:

  • DMC Fins
  • Huk Gear
  • K.C Scott, Artist
  • Dragon Eyewear
  • Victoria Skimboards
  • GoSili
  • Marko Foam Products
 
You can find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate 
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Surf Expo is North America’s largest watersports and beach lifestyle show in the retail industry. With hundreds of brands and thousands of retailers connecting to stock the stores that we all buy our gear from, Surf Expo is a key platform for the commercial side of many of our ocean lives. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the January 2020 show and speak with a wide range of brands on the significance of the event as well as chat with the management team who puts it all together each year. What I found within all of this was that Surf Expo is like a really fun eco-friendly festival that celebrates not just great, new products, but also art, non-profit groups, the craft of shaping surfboards, the skill of skating a mini ramp, and overall — a strong community of the ocean-minded.
 
After you give this a listen today, take a minute and pick one plastic throw-away item that you use and commit to replacing it with a reusable version — coffee cup, water bottle, straw, ziplock sandwich bag — you get the idea. As always, thank you for caring about the ocean and thank you for listening today. Hope you enjoy
 
Stories captured from:
  • Roy Turner, Surf Expo
  • 4Ocean
  • Zinka
  • Fair Harbor
  • Marine Life Rescue of Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Patrick Maxcey Art
  • Ranger Ready
 
You can find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate 
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** Interview Episode 105 **

Nik Strong-Cevitch has travelled around the world setting up conservation and ecostourism projects in coastal communities. As a lifelong surfer NIk has been able to blend his love of surf with his professional abilities and now leads the Save The Waves Coalition to protect sensitive surf breaks the world over. With the audacious goal of protecting 1,000 waves, Nik is supported by a strong cast of characters around the world who contribute to the development of ‘world surf reserves’, help raise funds, and make sure Nik gets a wave or two at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. On top of all of this, Nik is a humble father, husband, and member of the Santa Cruz ocean community ready to spread good vibes to those around him.

I highly encourage everyone listening to this who did, does, or will ride a wave at some point to check out SaveTheWaves.org and find ways that you can help Nik and team combat everything from water pollution to sea level rise and coastal development. When you think about how so much of our ocean culture revolves around waves, it starts to feel pretty important to be sure we preserve them for future generations. Thanks for doing that. thanks for listening, and thanks for sharing in ocean life of Nik Strong Cevitch.

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

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** Interview #104**

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. I’m personally doubling down on removing all single use plastic in my household and raising money for underprivileged youth to participate in our local Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards program. How about you?

Whatever you decide to do, thanks for caring about the ocean and thanks for being here today sharing in the ocean life of Lin Pardey.

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

 

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Today we have a compilation of some of my favorite heavy water stories from past guests on the podcast. These stories include injuries at sea, insane storms and conditions, big waves and take place from the Bering Sea to Loch Ness, Mexico, and beyond. Each story is short, intense, and helps remind us of what the ocean can serve up when we’re least expecting it. I’d love to hear your suggestions for the next compilation of stories so please hit me up through social or email to josh@thisoceanlife.tv and let me know what you’d like to hear.
 
If you like what you hear today, or even if you don’t, take a minute and commit to removing one common type of plastic from your daily life. Starbucks straw, bottled water, plastic bags for your produce — there’s tons to choose from and our grandkids who love the ocean in the future will thank you for it. 
 
Guests featured in this episode:

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 **Interview Episode 103**

As a father, husband, surfer, licensed captain, and general man of the water, Adam has continued the legacy that his father, Doc Paskowitz, set forth some 30 years ago of living life on the road and the ocean, experiencing nature in all of its rawest forms. Whether crossing oceans or walking a beach, Adam and family focus strongly on plastic reduction, leading by their example of removing plastic and making good decisions on their daily use of it with the goal to inspire all of us to do our best to keep this pollution out of our natural world. Adam's stories of his family today at sea and on the road are fun and inspiring and tie back to his days growing up in the nomadic lifestyle that the Paskowitz family is so well known for
 
If you like what you hear today, take 2 minutes and commit to using 1 less piece of plastic in your daily life. Trust me, it’s not hard!!!
 
Thanks for sharing Adam's ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram, his family YouTube channel, Paskowitz Foundation website, and SurfWise -- the Paskowitz Family documentary. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  
 
 
* Other pieces of our conversation *
  • Newborn son, Solomon, and remembering how to care of infants like riding a bike
  • Relative ease of land travel compared to life at sea
  • Teachings from Adam's father, Doc Paskowitz, that have stayed with him through today
  • Exploration on land and incredible natural beauty available to all of us, very similar to the ocean
  • The Paskowitz Foundation heritage
  • Adam's surfboard quiver today
  • Perspective on open ocean boat design and the next vessel Adam takes to sea
  • Perspective on global pollution, focusing on plastics, and the hope Adam has for humanity to solve the issue

 

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 ** Episode 101 **

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

 

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** 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

 

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 ** Interview episode 100 **

John Kowitz left the cold, fresh waters of Michigan to find his calling in warm, tropical waters around the world. As an underwater photographer John has captured stunning shots of people, animals, and scenes in places like Hawaii, Bahamas, Costa Rica, and more. While developing his strength as a free diver, John has developed a deep respect for ocean conservation and along with stories of swimming with hammerheads, mantas, and pilot whales, shares his perspective on protecting our oceans and the animals we all love. If you can, take a look at John’s photography on Instagram @j.kowitz while you listen to his stories — his work is epic.
 
If you hate using the plastic bags at grocery stores for your produce, hit Google for ‘washable produce bags’ and pick up a set of the reusables. It makes a ton of sense.
 
Thanks for sharing John's ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram and dive into his photography website. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  
 
Additional parts of our conversation:
  • Splitting time between career as a travel nurse and photography
  • Grew up in Michigan
  • Evolution of photography and camera gear
  • Guiding spearfishing trips on Maui with Maui Spearfishing Academy and Bobby Twitchell (past guest)
  • Guiding whale and shark freediving tours on the Kona coast
  • Animals -- pilot whales, ocean white tips, hammerhead sharks, mantas
  • intricacies of diving and photographing hammerhaed and pilot whales
  • Cocos Island trip with SharkWatch
  • Observing Hammerhead Shark cleaning station where small reef fish pick parasites off of the sharks
  • Working and training with world-class athletes and special forces at XPT with Laird Hamilton

 

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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. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV websiteInstagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate  
 
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More highlights of our conversation:
  • Wealth of local paddling legends, John Jacoby, inspiration to paddle hard
  • Physical and mental torture of paddling through the gnarly conditions of Bass Strait with heavy winds and currents for multiple days
  • Inspirations from legendary Australian prone paddlers like Jamie Mitchell, Mick Di Betta, and others
  • Prone racing for the local surf clubs then moving to years of racing Molokai 2 Oahu starting in 2011 and winning stock prone class in 2013
  • Going to California to win the Catalina Classic 
  • Importance of nutrition and hydration in endurance paddling events
  • Paddling a hand-made dugout canoe from Papua New Guinea across the Torres Strait with 3 other guys, camping and foraging for 15 days
  • So much more with this legend!
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