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February 28, 2024 New

502 – Alex “Superwolf” Villalobos

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In today’s episode Superwolf explains his journey from South Beach Miami’s disco scene, to Southern California’s surfboard factories, how Wavestorm

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February 21, 2024 New

501 – Hank Warner: Part Two

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Hank Warner returns to share the moment that inspired him to become a father, detail the dwindling profit margin of

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February 14, 2024 New

500 – Hank Warner: Part One

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San Diego native, apprentice to board building pioneers worldwide, Godfather to pro surfers, 57 years of shaping, 30,000 boards deep,

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February 7, 2024 New

499 – Chris Ruddy

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Chris Ruddy recounts his teenaged voyage from Hawaii to San Diego, the gift of access and opportunity given to him

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February 5, 2024 New

498 – Matt Parker: XOCoco

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Matt Parker is partnered with Coco Ho on a new surfboard label, XOCoco, reimagining surfboard design for the female athlete.

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January 30, 2024

497 – Dick Van Straalen

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Iconic Queensland shaper Dick Van Straalen shares his origin story and details how living with dyslexia has informed his surfing

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January 25, 2024

496 – Alex Banyay

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Laminations San Diego sander Alex Banyay details the inner workings of the most revered surfboard factories, quantifies the human costs

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January 17, 2024

495 – Kian Egan: Westlife

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Westlife’s Kian Egan joins us to discuss his teenaged, rapid rise to pop music stardom, how discovering surfing allowed him

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January 11, 2024

494 – Darieus Legg: Stoker Machine

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In today’s episode filmmaker Darieus Legg extolls the virtues and perils of being raised on a sailboat, explains how valuing

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January 7, 2024

493 – Ryan Lynch: Timber Surf Co.

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? We want to gift you a surfboard. Ryan Lynch is here to help. A thought leader in surfboard sustainability,

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January 4, 2024

492 – Eden Saul: Dead Kooks

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In today’s show Eden Saul joins us to explain why the mat is the most dynamic surf craft, how he

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December 28, 2023

491 – Drew Kampion

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In an apple orchard, on an island thirty miles north of Seattle, eight years removed from his last surf is

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December 21, 2023

490 – Kai Neville

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Era defining filmmaker Kai Neville joins us to discuss why the visual style he is known for is not his

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December 13, 2023

489 – Brenden Margieson

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Genre defining pro freesurfer of the 90s, Margo, joins us to discuss ushering pro surfing from cottage to corporate, humility

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December 7, 2023

488 – Christian Beamish

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Surfer, writer, board builder, Christian Beamish joins to discuss surf adventuring through the hospices of the Navy, why the Simmons/Curren

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November 29, 2023

487 – Torren Martyn: Calypte

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After a year on the 35’ sailboat “Calypte”, Torren Martyn returns to discuss how his grandmother’s adventures 60 years ago

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November 15, 2023

486 – Erik “Smelly” Sandin: NOFX & Pickle Stix

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After 40 years touring and drumming for one of the biggest punk bands on the planet, Smelly joins us to

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November 9, 2023

485 – Eddy Garcia: Regeneration in Lahaina

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Community activist Eddy Garcia joins us to discuss his efforts to re-house victims of Lahaina’s fires, how developers have already

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October 31, 2023

484 – Bill Stewart: Part Two

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Adroit craftsmen Bill Stewart returns to discuss the elusive paradox of Gordon Clark, the stately humility of Phil Edwards, the

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October 25, 2023

483 – Bill Stewart: Part One

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Jovial raconteur Bill Stewart joins us to weave his tale from barefoot skiing in Kentucky, to fudge-making for Carnies in

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October 19, 2023

482 – Nat Young

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Era defining pioneer of the shortboard revolution, writer, World Champ, Nat Young joins us to discuss abandoning his animal aggression,

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October 12, 2023

481 – Matt Warshaw: Round 5

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Surfing's preeminent historian returns so that David can attempt to write Warshaw's EOS entry. Herein Warshaw recounts the first time

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October 5, 2023

480 – Bing Copeland

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Honoree of this weekend's Icons of Foam tribute, Bing Copeland started Bing Surfboards in 1959. After sharing his first wave

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September 27, 2023

479 – Roger Hinds

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2x Icons of Foam winner Roger Hinds joins us again to discuss how moving out at age 14 cultivated the

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September 21, 2023

478 – Brinkley Davies

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Marine Biologist, freediver, surfer, Brinkley Davies joins us to discuss harnessing the power of social media to activate people's compassion

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September 13, 2023

477 – Ellis Ericson

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Pro surfer, second generation board builder, Greenough acolyte and EPS advocate, Ellis Ericson joins us to discuss the inherent limitations

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September 7, 2023

476 – Lahaina Board Builder Joshua Weisfeld: JAW Surfboards

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Maui's Joshua Weisfeld shares the harrowing story of losing his home and factory while narrowly escaping the fires, gives insight

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August 31, 2023

475 – Shane Jones: Jonesea Wetsuits

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Handmade, custom tailored, wetsuit designer Shane Jones joins us to discuss how youthful angst can be a catalyst to pursue

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August 23, 2023

474 – Tyler Allen

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Surfing's preeminent funny man joins us to chat about the importance of making risqué jokes in today's cancel culture, why

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August 18, 2023

473 – Billy Hamilton: Part Two

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Billy is back to discuss the difficulties of raising Laird, discovering Nazare, the benefits of psychedelics, and how his relationship

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August 11, 2023

472 – Billy Hamilton: Part One

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Billy Hamilton joins us to discuss growing up in Laguna before the ocean was poisoned by detergents from civilization’s expansion,

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August 4, 2023

471 – Brett Barley

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Outer Banks' finest Vlogger joins us to discuss how he entered the surf world's awareness with a 10 at Pipe,

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July 26, 2023

470 – Paige Alms

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2x Big Wave World Champ Paige Alms joins us to discuss the gift of her mother’s wanderlust, how restaurant work

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July 20, 2023

469 – Bryce Young: Following The Fall Line

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Underexposed multidisciplinary talent Bryce Young joins us to chat about his new film, how Burch’s unique board’s broke down perceptions

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July 12, 2023

468 – Matt George: In Deep

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? Polymath Matt George joins us to discuss 35 years of surf writing, why surfing fosters female power and male

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July 6, 2023

467 – John Simon

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? 22 year old surfboard shaper John Simon discusses the value of starting with a broom, developing his craft under

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June 29, 2023

466 – Harrison Roach

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The current World Longboard Champ joins us to discuss the ecstasy and obligation that comes with achieving your life's goals,

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June 21, 2023

465 – Shaun Crowley: Shaun In Paradise

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New Jersey's former grom phenom Shaun Crowley joins us to discuss returning to surfing after a decade hiatus, how to

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June 15, 2023

464 – Jeff Johnson: Part 2 of 2

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In Part Two, Jeff Johnson explains how he side-doored his way into becoming Patagonia’s first staff photographer, the toll of

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June 7, 2023

463 – Jeff Johnson: Part 1 of 2

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Adventurer Jeff Johnson joins us today to explain his path from ne'er-do-well skate teen to world class photographer; from stealing

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May 31, 2023

462 – David Carson

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Apple called him "a pioneer with profound impact". Newsweek said he "changed the public face of graphic design". In 1991

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May 25, 2023

461 – Ryan Hitzel: Roark

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Roark founder Ryan Hitzel joins us to discuss how his high-school notebook doodles led to a design job at Volcom,

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May 19, 2023

460 – Andrew Kidman: Big Sky Limited

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Andrew Kidman joins us to discuss how his enthusiasm for wave pools inspired his latest film, why he prefers terrible

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May 11, 2023

459 – Sean Doherty: 60 Years of Surfing World

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Surfing World publisher, Surfrider Chairman, Patagonia Head of Editorial, author, Sean Doherty joins us to discuss the stories behind the

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May 4, 2023

458 – Ben Freeston: Magic Seaweed Founder

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Surfline's Vice Prez of Product and Innovation joins us to discuss how he went from apathetic student to surf forecast

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April 25, 2023

457 – Chris Malloy: Part Two

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In today's show Chris discusses the unlikely inspiration for his first film, how Yvon Chouinard's friendship has influenced his path,

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April 20, 2023

456 – Chris Malloy: Part One

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Professional surfer turned filmmaker Chris Malloy joins us to discuss how a singular lesson from his father became his career

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April 14, 2023

455 – Dane Gudauskas

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Dane Gudauskas joins us to discuss how to unlock peak performance in midlife, how riding finless kookboxes has informed his

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April 5, 2023

454 – Rosemari Reimers Rice

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Early California surf pioneer Rosemari Reimers Rice joins us to discuss growing up in the hub of surfboard manufacturing in

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March 31, 2023

453 – Ward Coffey

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In today’s show, Santa Cruz board builder Ward Coffey explains why small is beautiful, how COVID surfers are altering sacred

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March 24, 2023

452 – Jason Burnett: Jay Surfboards

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In the fringe, burgeoning surf culture along the North Sea coast of Scotland, Jason Burnett has become one of the

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March 17, 2023

451 – Kurtis Woodin: Woodin Surfboards

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Oceanside board builder Kurtis Woodin joins us to outline how he leveraged the COVID boom to build a factory and

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February 28, 2023

450 – Mike Prickett

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Emmy winning North Shore photographer Mike Prickett joins us to discuss how he'll be chasing major swell events to bring

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February 22, 2023

449 – Corey Graham

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"The Willy Wonka of Torquay", board builder Corey Graham joins us to discuss growing up in a factory with a

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February 7, 2023

448 – Troy Eckert

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Troy Eckert joins us to discuss his role is helping build a billion dollar surf brand and the consternation of

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January 30, 2023

447 – Luke Shepardson

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On Sunday January 22nd the most prestigious surf event on the planet took place for only the 10th time ever.

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January 18, 2023

446 – Jason Baffa: Chasing Waves

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Jason Baffa returns to discuss 20 years of filmmaking, how character always informs surf style, how his earliest goals remain

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January 12, 2023

445 – Felipe Pomar: Part Two

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Felipe Pomar returns to outline surfing's birthplace in Peru dating back 5000 years, how being of service to your community

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January 5, 2023

444 – Felipe Pomar: Part One

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?? 1965 World Surfing Champion Felipe Pomar joins us to discuss lessons he's learned from 66 years of big wave

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December 29, 2022

443 – Terrence Martin: Get Away If You Can

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Writer/Director Terrence Martin joins us today to discuss the seven year journey to make his latest film, how he got

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December 21, 2022

442 – Joel Tudor

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Nine months after being suspended, 3x World Longboard Champ Joel Tudor breaks his silence to detail precisely why the WSL

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December 18, 2022

441 – Lane Davey

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Pipeline stalwart, B-Girl, and college professor Lane Davey joins us today to discuss braving Pipeline in the early 90s, creating

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December 14, 2022

Art Brewer: The Plug w/Justin Jay

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Today we celebrate the life of Art Brewer by introducing you to The Plug w/Justin Jay. Justin has been a

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December 8, 2022

440 – Clark Little

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In today’s we chat with superstar photographer Clark Little about his origin story, why he gave up surfing, how he

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November 23, 2022

439 – Matt Warshaw

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Warshaw is back to discuss how the thrill of surfing has been replaced by the thrill of archiving surf history,

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November 16, 2022

438 – Paul Surf, Rockaway, NY

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Designer and board builder Paul Schmidt joins us to discuss his unconventional entry into board building, failing forward, the loneliness

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November 10, 2022

437 – CJ Nelson

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Champion longboarder, designer, entrepreneur CJ Nelson joins us to discuss being a regrettable influence on youth, the perils and privilege

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November 7, 2022

BONUS – Heart and Stoke with Ben Gravy

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We just want to point your attention to another great podcast. If you like Surf Splendor, you'll love Surf Stories,

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November 4, 2022

436 – Jesse Billauer

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? World Champ surfer and Life Rolls On founder Jesse Billauer joins us to discuss the vital importance of physical

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October 26, 2022

435 – Parker Coffin

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Parker Coffin joins us to discuss metrics used to measure success for a modern professional free surfer, the moment he

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October 14, 2022

434 – The Shaper’s Shack: Part Four

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The Shaper Shack is a four part series featuring some of Australia’s finest surfboard shapers. From inventing the Thruster, to

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October 13, 2022

433 – The Shaper’s Shack: Part Three

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The Shaper's Shack is a four part series featuring some of Australia’s finest surfboard shapers. From inventing the Thruster, to

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October 8, 2022

432 – The Shaper’s Shack: Part Two

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The Shaper Shack is a four part series featuring some of Australia’s finest surfboard shapers. From inventing the Thruster, to

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October 5, 2022

431 – The Shaper’s Shack: Part One

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Introducing The Shaper's Shack, a four part series featuring some of Australia’s finest surfboard shapers. From inventing the Thruster, to

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September 28, 2022

430 – Donald Brink: Mick’s Tape

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Donald Brink joins us to discuss the challenge of building a <5'3" surfboard for the 3x World Champ, the benefits

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September 22, 2022

429 – Darren Handley: DHD Surfboards

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In today’s episode Darren Handley details his first encounters with Stephanie Gilmore and Mick Fanning, he explains the challenges of

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September 15, 2022

428 – Shannon Hughes

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Shannon Hughes joins us to discuss how philanthropic work at Jeffrey's Bay lead to her commentating for the WSL, how

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September 8, 2022

427 – Brad Gerlach’s Homecoming

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Brad Gerlach joins us to discuss how Olympic diving informed his surf style, his realization that he has over-surfed nearly

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September 1, 2022

426 – Victor Bernardo

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Pro surf phoenix Victor Bernardo joins us to discuss the unexpected new chapter in his career, being deported and separated

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August 24, 2022

425 – Laurie Towner: Slow Lane

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? Laurie Towner is a product of, victim of, and beneficiary of the surf industry boom and bust. Today he

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August 17, 2022

424 – Greg MacGillivray’s Five Summer Stories

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The Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker joins us to discuss his new memoir, the 50th anniversary of his seminal surf

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August 10, 2022

423 – Dario Phillips, co-founder of Slowtide

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Surf industry stalwart Dario Phillips joins us to discuss lessons learned from within big surf brands during the boom years,

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August 4, 2022

422 – Chris Shiflett of The Foo Fighters

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Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Chris Shiflett joins us to discuss whether music can be objectively bad, why

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July 27, 2022

421 – Debbie Gordon: G & S Surfboards

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The story of Gordon and Smith surfboard closely mirrors the story of surfing in Southern California. The brand is credited

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July 20, 2022

420 – Jeff & Ryan Hurley

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Jeff & Ryan Hurley join us to discuss sharing their childhood bedroom with Occy and Sunny, lessons learned from their

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July 13, 2022

419 – Steve Pezman: 50 Years of Surf Writing

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Publisher Steve Pezman joins us to discuss his new book, how to succeed in print publishing in 2022, why modern

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June 29, 2022

418 – Sterling Spencer: Act Two

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Sterling Spencer returns to discuss the dark repercussions of his brain injury, his path through recovery, how his audience has

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June 22, 2022

417 – Dane Hantz: Restorative Intermission

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Dane Hantz returns to discuss withdrawing Vulcan Surfboards from the market, how the shaping machine is enabling an authoritative archiving

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June 15, 2022

416 – Dick Metz: Part Five

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Dick Metz returns to discuss the new documentary featuring his return to South Africa to relive and revisit the journey

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June 10, 2022

415 – Sasha Jane Lowerson

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Sasha Jane Lowerson made international news last month for winning Women's Longboard Title's in West Oz, not for the feat

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June 1, 2022

414 – Dylan Graves

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Pro surfer turned media man Dylan Graves is now using his popular Vlog to dissect social dilemma's that surf media

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May 26, 2022

413 – Benji Weatherley

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? Self proclaimed "pro surf fraud", Benji Weatherley joins us to chat about being cancelled by the WSL, his regrettable

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May 18, 2022

412 – Jon Pyzel

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Jon Pyzel joins us from Bali to discuss JJF's one-universal-board theory, the value of growing a business slower than its

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May 11, 2022

411 – Drew Brophy

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Artist Drew Brophy catapulted to surf world fame in the 90s by when his artwork adorned the boards that sparked

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April 28, 2022

410 – Wayne Rich

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Wayne Rich is an International Surfboard Builder Hall of Famer and a 2x Icons of Foam winner. In this episode

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April 20, 2022

409 – Waterman filmmaker Isaac Halasima

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Waterman, the award winning Duke Kahanamoku documentary hit theaters last week. Today filmmaker Isaac Halasima discusses Duke's extraordinary life, how

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April 14, 2022

408 – Jonathan Wayne Freeman

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? Surf lampooner Jonathan Wayne Freeman joins us to recount his fast rise to Instagram stardom, warn about the perils

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April 7, 2022

407 – Zoltan Torkos: The Surfing Magician

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The fourth generation magician, surfing's kickflip pioneer, and Santa Cruz stalwart regales us with stories of having Barney as a

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March 31, 2022

406 – Greg Jacobs: Campsite Media

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Greg Jacobs sits at the nexus of surf content distribution. The top filmmakers in surf rely on him to ensure

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March 23, 2022

405 – WaterWays Founder, Sean Murphy

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??? Sean Murphy ditched the suit and tie and the weight of his parent's expectations to follow a pipe dream.

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March 10, 2022

404 – Stephen Cooney: UNEARTHED

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Stephen Cooney was raised on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in the 50s and 60s. At the age of 16,

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March 2, 2022

403 – Jamie Brisick: SOUNDINGS

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The always lovely Jamie Brisick returns to tell us about his foray into podcast hosting, dating in his 50s, the

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February 24, 2022

402 – Albe Falzon

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the seminal surf film Morning Of The Earth. Filmmaker Albe Falzon joins us

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February 16, 2022

401 – Mark Cunningham

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Ehukai lifeguard, greatest bodysurfer of all time, friend to all, Mark Cunningham joins us to discuss amphibious life, the greatest

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February 9, 2022

400 – Selema Masekela Welcomes 50

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It’s been 2 years since our last one-on-one with Selema Masekela. In that time he’s reversed aged, launched a clothing

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February 3, 2022

399 – Stab Mag’s Michael Ciaramella

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Stab's resident surfboard reviewer, writer, and content wrangler Michael Ciaramella joins us to detail his first-ever sessions at Pipe and

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January 27, 2022

398 – Brad Gerlach and team Snapt4

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Brad Gerlach hosts a chat with the winner and winning team of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, Snapt4's Mason Ho,

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January 20, 2022

397 – Stu Kenson

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San Diego board builder Stu Kenson has built boards for decades, with Rusty, for Joel Tudor, with JS, and all

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January 14, 2022

396 – Arthur Rashkovan

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? Israel's burgeoning surf scene centers around Tel Aviv where Arthur Rashkovan discovered surfing and now runs Klinika Surf Shop.

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January 6, 2022

395 – Alex Gray: Quarantined at Cloudbreak

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Alex Gray spent 8 months of quarantine on Namotou and Tavarua as one of the only surfers with full access

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December 30, 2021

394 – A Pod Party

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The whole gang is together to reflect on 2021, make bold predictions for 2022 and hold one another accountable for

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December 24, 2021

393 – Jim Hogan

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Former pro surfer, elite level coach and mentor Jim Hogan joins us to talk about rise, fall, and recent qualification

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December 17, 2021

392 – Greg Webber

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Board builder and inventor Greg Webber joins us to discuss designing on the fringe, infighting in the wave pool biz,

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December 8, 2021

391 – Matt Warshaw

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Original Z-Boy, part of the greatest surf team ever, Oxford English Dictionary consultant, and surfing's foremost historian Matt Warshaw joins

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November 30, 2021

390 – Maurice Cole: Part 2

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MC returns to discuss the aftermath from our last chat, Sunny Garcia, the concept of “sustainability” in surfboards, searching for

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November 25, 2021

389 – Maurice Cole

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In today’s episode Maurice Cole contemplates recent tragedy and candidly laments compromising his integrity to chase business goals. He explores

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November 19, 2021

388 – Izzy Paskowitz

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Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz discusses growing up with 8 siblings in a 24 foot camper, the blessings and limitations of his

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November 12, 2021

387 – The Drop: Thad Ziolkowski

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Author Thad Ziolkowski joins us to discuss surfing's sordid history with drugs and alcohol, how surfing triggers behavioral addiction's physiology

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November 3, 2021

386 – Derek Dunfee: Waking Up In The Sea

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In December of 2012 Derek Dunfee was found floating unconscious 100 miles to sea, nearly 20 minutes after suffering a

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October 26, 2021

385 – Jon Roseman

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Quietly and immeasurably influencing the surf world, Jon Roseman's stewardship of Cloudbreak has been cosigned by Fijian tribal leaders and

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October 21, 2021

384 – Mickey Munoz: Part Two

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In our 2nd and final installment, Mickey Munoz tells us about his work stunt doubling for Sandra Dee in the

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October 13, 2021

383 – Mickey Munoz: Part One

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Southern Californian icon, board builder, Gidget stunt double, professional surfer, all around surf pioneer Mickey Munoz joins us to tell

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October 8, 2021

382 – Jeff Timpone & The Gillespie

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With 50 years of board building experience, Maui's Jeff Timpone continues to innovate, both with construction and design. He joins

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September 23, 2021

381 – Torren Martyn

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? Torren Martyn joins us to discuss his sojourn from Scotland to West Africa, his new found celebrity, the anti-Vlog,

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September 16, 2021

380 – Derek Hynd & The Hyndline

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In today's episode Tyler Breuer talks with Derek Hynd replicating his life's quiver, The Ultimate Surfer, having his life's material

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September 9, 2021

379 – Andrew Cotton

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Plumber turned professional big wave surfer Andrew Cotton talks about being rescued by helicopter at Mullaghmore, breaking his back at

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September 2, 2021

378 – Akila Aipa: Round Two

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Akila returns to discuss why big swells coincide with big losses, how increased demand can actually threaten a small business,

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August 25, 2021

377 – IPD: Mark Simpson & Seth McKinney

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As the surf industry has largely disbanded, talented and experienced former big surf brand stalwarts are positioned to reengineer surf

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August 19, 2021

376 – Tim Crozier: Blackbird Surfboards

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Boardbuilder Tim Crozier talks about the inherent rewards of kindness, gleaning insights from each of the Icons of Foam, how

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August 4, 2021

375 – Kelly Slater x Brad Gerlach

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In today's show Brad Gerlach interviews Kelly Slater about the Olympics, the strengths and limitations of Gabriel, JJF, Italo, and

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July 29, 2021

374 – Mike Whisnant

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? 3x Surf Expo Shape-Off winner, 30 year board builder, Atlantic Beach lifer, Mike Whisnant joins us to discuss how

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July 20, 2021

373 – Rich Harbour of Harbour Surfboards

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Harbour Surfboards was my home surf shop growing up, so you can imagine the honor it was for me to

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July 14, 2021

372 – Garrett McNamara

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Big wave surfer, 8x Guinness Record holder Garrett McNamara is our guest today. He's also the star of the new

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