Reading Kaliko Kahoonei’s blog, you find an individual who cares deeply about the sport of SUP and is worried about its future. We talk with him about a recent post “The SUP Industry Exposed” and the quick deterioration of SUP racing, especially the Pacific Paddle Games in California which Kaliko has attended the last four years. Kaliko also discusses the business of SUP in general and gives vivid details of a regional SUP trade show where scores of new companies exhibited to get a piece of the hot stand up paddle market, but few showed up to buy.
We also talk with Kaliko about his roots in Hawaii and the epic watermen he watched growing up, to include his father.
Christian Oliver has always been drawn to the water. Growing up in the South, his family would take vacations to Florida, where he fell in love with the ocean. Christian’s dad built cedar strip wood canoes out of the garage and has great memories canoeing with the family in Tennessee. Christian majored in Industrial Design in college and channeled his love for the water in designing boats and now works for a major yacht company. Christian talks about Industrial Designing and his love for stand up paddle racing and what he’s doing to get faster each year.
Spencer Lazzar was early on the scene of stand up paddle racing–Inspired by a video of Laird Hamilton on a SUP, he though, might I be able to surf my local lake on one of these boards? The search was on for a stand up board in these very early days of SUP. Spencer and a friend traveled several hours away to the foreign city of Hood River, one of the few places in the country where you could find one of these boards. The sport stuck, even Spencer’s Father joined him and the two of them raced together for almost a decade, even to this day.
Life ebbs and flows, there are ups and down, and SUP was there for Spencer–he lost his way putting on more than forty pounds. He turned to stand up paddle racing, bringing him back to his former athletic self, and getting better every year since.
Jim’s passion for freighter wake surfing and saltwater came from a dear Mother who loved the Ocean and immersed her children in it! A “Rosie the Riveter” in WWII, Jim’s Mother served our country with pride along with Jim’s Dad who fought in the Pacific on a United States Navy Mine Sweeper. Both parents instilled a deep passion of physical fitness and love of the outdoors in Jim who continues this tradition today.
Separately, Jim and Darrell traveled deep into a newly opened Tibet in 1986 and share incredible stories of adventure travel impossible to recreate just a few years later when the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 plunged the open country back into an impossible lockdown that still exists today.
Jen’s interest in science and psychology of health began after an accident left her father paraplegic. This situation piqued her curiosity about causes and cures for chronic pain and illness. Being an athlete, she was interested in what it took to function at a high level of performance and ultimately created a stand up paddle race training program based on Physiology and Biomechanics, Muscular and Egoscue Exercise Therapy. Jen’s lifetime study of Biomechanics gives us an epic opportunity to increase our race paddling skills and overall health and fitness in this incredible interview taped near the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field.
Marc, Zach, and Darrell are epic men from the South preaching the word of Mental Toughness in all that they do. “We never quit” Join us at the Columbia Gorge Downwind Challenge in Hood River, Oregon were we met with this extraordinary team who drove over 2000 miles to compete in the downwind and course races.
Father and Son, business partners, and good friends—Marc and Zach Rounsaville talk mental toughness that Zach uses to train his Stand Up Paddle Race Athletes in his SeaFit Program, and Marc uses in his business coaching practice. Darrell Horton and Darrell Kirk talk about mental toughness training off the race course and how mental toughness must be practiced at all times to ensure epic race results.
America is in the midst of an Opiate drug crisis that is wreaking havoc on men across the country and in the South, to include Beckley, West Virginia, Ground Zero, where Darrell Kirk spent time as a youth. The group discuss the causes and possible solutions that mental toughness might provide. On a lighter note, Zach, Marc, and Darrell end the interview talking about Alabama and its incredible waters to SUP, epic Southern foods, and family traditions that made them the epic and strong gentlemen they are today. These are my people and I am so honored to have talked with them!
An epic stand up paddle racer with no forearms, a Fireman, a beloved young man, a stoked racer from Tahiti, and a trio of stoked men from the South who drove over two thousand miles to race in the Gorge. These are the people of stand up paddle racing. Join us live during the 2017 Columbia Gorge Downwind Challenge to hear their stories. This episode promises to deliver unlimited stoke from the very start when Fiona Wilde crosses the finish line of the downwinder with no other racers in sight. T.J. Gulizia makes history coming in forth in the first ever running of the SUP Foils race. These are the people who race. They are epic, and some of the greatest people in the world and the sport of Stand Up Paddle Racing.
Chris Hawkins piloted a 27 foot sailboat as a kid and went on to crew on a 40 foot Newport
in his early twenties. A 6th generation Bitterroot Valley, Montana Native and avid outdoorsman, Chris was still lost
at sea until he found Stand Up Paddle Racing. A man of two worlds—Spokane, Washington and Bitterroot Valley, Montana, Chris talks about his family life and parents who embraced and shared the outdoors, the challenge and excitement of being a Software Engineer, and the blessing of finding the sport of SUP, racing, and Ohana.
Billy Kaczynski is a product of the crucible of life and made it out the other side an epic musician and super stoked guy. Billy talks about growing up in Hawaii, bodyboarding, music, and leaving Hawaii for California at the age of 15 with the help of a friend. Life is a crucible, and Billy tells his compelling story of hope, stoke for life, and his love for Puerto Rico and the serious surfing and SUP vibe there.