We Never Quit!

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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!

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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.

Chris Grieve did not like competition, that is until he found stand up paddle racing.  We talk about his journey in SUP and what he is doing to be even more competitive.

 

john Forse888.001Special Edition: Lincoln City Open Ocean Race!  John Forse is Force of Nature and keeps on going full-on epic, even after being attacked by a Great White Shark!  John talks about the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Surfing Championship he started as well as his new and exciting “Lincoln City Open Ocean Race” which will take place soon in Lincoln City, Oregon which promises to be an international SUP racing event in the future like his Big Wave Surfing competition on Nelscott Reef.  Lincoln City is incredible and offers something for the whole family! 

 

You can spot Adam Tischler from a block away–stoke-posture, stoke-smile, and overall general well being stoke! Join us on the Ballard Elk’s ocean view deck in Seattle for a conversation on life and SUP stoke, and learn a bit about Adam too! Where do these people come from? The epic sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a conduit to greatness in people and Adam is one of many across the country leaving a wake of stoke and goodwill on and off the water.

You can spot Adam Tischler from a block away–stoke-posture, stoke-smile, and overall general well being stoke! Join us on the Ballard Elk’s ocean view deck in Seattle for a conversation on life and SUP stoke, and learn a bit about Adam too! Where do these people come from? The epic sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a conduit to greatness in people and Adam is one of many across the country leaving a wake of stoke and goodwill on and off the water. 

Dan Gavere has a long history in whitewater and quickly found that SUP was the perfect craft to “Snowboard” down crisp, wet river runs.  Dan talks about his journey in whitewater on both kayak and SUP, and also gives us some incredible insight in the future of SUP, Foiling, and growth in the sport.  This is too, too short an interview with Dan and promise to have him on again in the future. 

Dr. Udo Wahn developed an interest in the environment in the late 60’s around the time of the horrific Santa Barbara oil spill that spurred the birth of environmental activism in the US.  He was lucky to have a High School Biology Teacher who appreciated his interest in science and would give him special projects.  One was sampling water for bacterial contamination in the Great South Bay off the coast of Long Island.  Dr. Wahn never lost his passion for the environment, or for humanity itself.  He has been delivering babies for over 34 years and has definitely improved the quality of life on this planet for many!  He is an epic Children’s Author also and we talk with him about his many “Cabo and Coral” books that teach young people the importance of the ocean and environment.

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