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.

Amy Waeschle is an epic Mom, Surfer, and the Author of “Going Over the Falls” Amy talks about her Family, Surfing, and the writing of her novel. She also shares her writing process and offers tips to others who would like to write a book.

Book Synopsis:
Surfer and Seattle E.R. doctor Lorna Jacobs is pulled into a dangerous journey to find her estranged mother, who is dying from a mysterious illness. Lorna finally finds her, deep in Mexico, but Alex is more concerned with rekindling their mutual love of surfing than preparing for her last days. The secret big wave she plans to share with Lorna could bond them forever, or destroy them.

Amy Waeschle is an author, professional editor, and wilderness medicine instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute. She lives in Poulsbo, Washington, and is the author of Going Over the Falls, and Chasing Waves, A Surfer’s Tale of Obsessive Wandering. Her stories have appeared in publications such as The Seattle Times, The Bellingham Herald, Surfer, Sierra, and Surf Life for Women.

Karl Kruger is the first person ever to complete the grueling “Race to Alaska” from Port Townsend Washington, to Ketchikan Alaska–by Stand Up Paddle Board! Meet the incredible athlete and gentleman behind this epic feat which is a huge victory for him and the rest of the stand paddle board community.

Terence Quong is a beloved athlete and friend in the Sand Point Outrigger Club in Seattle and the one everyone wants to pass.  Endurance is one of “Q’s” strongest suits and helped him in an epic nine channel Hawaiian Island Crossing, as well as an incredible military and civilian career in aviation.  Q talks about early life, family, Outrigger Canoe, and the O’hana that make it all happen.  Terence shares the story of his journey with Cancer and offers valuable information to others. 

Wade Lawson lives an epic life as a Big Wave Surfer, Helicopter Pilot, and a man of curiosity and action. Wade tells of his rags to riches story growing up the son of an Arkansas chicken farmer and the dreams he had of becoming a pilot, and living an incredible life. Wade says you can have this life too and gives a premiere on Big Wave Surfing and flying. Disclaimer—Big Wave Surfing is an extreme sport where accidents and death can occur—it is not a matter of if, but when, in the sport of Big Wave Surfing.

Randall Barna is an epic Pedorthist and SUP and Surfing pioneer who knows a lot about feet and sports performance.  During the 1992 NBA Championships, 80% of the starting lineup for the Portland Trailblazers wore Barna’s orthotics and many professionals go to him to this day to improve their performance.   Randall talks about his early days as an Oregon surfing pioneer and the natural progression of surfing to Stand Up Paddle Boarding and, giving back to the sport to continue the stoke he has received over many decades.  Randall is fast and tells why the feet are so important in SUP racing and what you need to know to make an immediate difference on the water and in your next race.

 

 

Tanvi Jagadish is India’s first Stand Up Paddle Racer and a darling of her country as a pioneer of female surfing and SUP racing.  She was always told that girls don’t surf, but with the help of family and her local “Surfing Ashram”, Tanvi found Nirvana in the sport and in Mother Ocean.  Tanvi talks about early family life in India, and her daily rituals in preparing for SUP races and gives thanks to all those who have helped including SUP Racer and North Carolina native April Zilg.

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!

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