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

August 7, 2019

Amanda Calabrese — decade of surf lifesaving, world competitor, empowering women in sport

In episode 86 we continue on the theme of competitive surf lifesaving and hear stories of Amanda Calabrese, a world-class competitor in the sport. Amanda takes us through her early days in Montauk, New York as a Junior Lifeguard, finding her passion for competing at a high level, and her path leading to the US National Surf Lifesaving Team. We talk about the fringe nature, supportive community of competitors, and gender equality natural to surf lifesaving with Amanda sharing stories of her mentors who have helped push her along the way and her philosophy toward the mental aspect of competition. Amanda shares her love for training the next generation of Jr Guard groms (including my own daughters!) and balancing her own training for both prone board racing and beach flags while building her start-up, Tempo, that's driving to empower women through higher performance feminine products. We hear of Amanda's training with the Australian elite, competing on the world stage, and connection with Buell Surf and Rescue, to help push the sport forward with innovative new equipment design and grom training.

Thanks for sharing Amanda's ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Amanda on Instagram and her new company, Tempo. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV Instagram and Facebook pages. We are on Twitter ranting about anything cool happening in the ocean.

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