John Schalka is a very fast stand up paddle board racer and shows us what is possible in this life at any age. At the start of John’s SUP racing career, he weighed over three hundred pounds and suffered a pulmonary embolism that almost killed him. Loosing over one hundred pounds, saying goodbye to alcohol, and drawing from a lifetime of outdoor sports, John reinvented himself into a SUP racing machine that is the envy of those nearly half his age.
Matt and Grant Hassenrik are an epic father-son duo both on and off the water in the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding and stoked to share their story of how it all began. Thirteen-year-old Grant loves his dad, and extended family of Stand Up Paddle Boarders in the Holland, Michigan O’hana located along the “Third Coast” of Lake Michigan. It’s not always smooth sailing for the two, and Matt and Grant reflect on mishaps and dangers of some of their trips and how these epic moments brought them closer to each other, their O’hana, and the sport of SUP itself. Matt and Grant reach out and give us tips on building your own epic family SUP team!
Sarah Sandstrom is an epic lady on and off the water and a seasoned SUP racer. She’s back from the Carolina Cup and stoked to tell about her race and what it takes to prepare for a SUP event far from home. Sarah is a Fisheries Biologist and her work spans a range of wetland, stream, and estuarine projects. When she’s not in the field, monitoring stream conditions or delineating wetlands, Sarah is working on watershed-scale planning, evaluating project effects on listed fish and wildlife, or developing creative approaches to restoration and mitigation. Sarah talks a bit about her work and how being on the water brings meaning and continued purpose to her career.
Audrey Frey is an epic Lawyer defending our freedoms behind the scenes in the capital of Washington State. And when she’s not serving the citizens of the “Evergreen State”, she is Dragon Boat, Outrigger Canoe, or Stand Up Paddle Racing! In 2015, Audrey represented Team USA on the U24 Mixed and Women’s Crews at the International Dragon Boat Federation’s (IDBF) 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Audrey gives us a premiere on Dragon Boat Racing and the O’hana that make this such an epic sport.
Danny Ching is one of the fastest in the world in stand up paddle racing, and an epic gentleman and ambassador of the sport. Danny’s Father, Al Ching brought the epic sport of Outrigger Canoe to California in the 1970s, and in this environment, Danny found his love of the water and racing. In 2014, Danny set a world record for speed on a stand up paddle board at the “Lost Mills time trial in Germany covering 200 Metres In Just 47 Seconds, and he did it was a smile on his face! Danny talks about the early years of his SUP racing and how you too can work on Mental Toughness in the sport of Stand Up Paddle Racing.
Russel Peart served his country proudly, but returned with Gulf War Syndrome, sustaining high levels of lead, mercury, and other heavy metals that wreaked havoc on his body. Russel’s Doctor even questioned how he could be alive. A strong family and beloved Father with alcoholism and disabilities stopped the cycle with Russel and built a man who thrives despite having a spine that one doctor described as that of a ninety year old! Russel’s story is an inspiration to all of us and he shares what he is doing to repair the damage with diet, stress reduction, and finding your passion in work and play. I urge you to listen to Russel’s story.
Charles Webb is back and gives us an update on the world of Adaptive Surfing as well as several competitions taking place in the sport in 2017. If you would like to give Adaptive Surfing a try, or learn more about this sport–Charles Webb is your ticket and continues to blow-up the sport with his enthusiasm. This episode is your one-stop to learn all about this extreme sport.
John Puakea is a legend in the Outrigger Canoe community and has brought his years of experience to the Stand Up Paddle world. As an exceptional technical coach, John has helped push world-class paddlers to the next level in international competition. His ability to improve the performance of already-elite paddlers also led Team Bradley to consecutive first-place finishes in the Molokai-to-Oahu Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and to the fastest crossing time by any women’s team in the history of the race. John talks about his entry into the outrigger canoe world and how to develop a fast paddle stroke in both OC and Stand UP Paddle Board Racing.