Bob Pratt is serious about drowning, very serious.  As an EMT and Lifeguard, he knows that drowning is preventable, especially in the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  In fact, Bob believes the stand up paddle industry has a golden opportunity to introduce life preserver and leash safety early on in this exploding sport.  Bob Pratt and The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project are both very serious about water safety and drowning and give many lifesaving tips in the interview. 

Norm Hann is an early pioneer of SUP as an adventure platform and used it as a powerful tool to help save the “Great Bear Rain Forest” of British Columbia, Canada.  Norm talks about his early years in the Great Bear Rain Forest, the Documentary “Stand” and what it takes to make a difference in  your own local waters.

“The Third Coast” is a formidable SUP destination that deserves serious consideration and respect: Thirty-foot waves, deadly rip tides, and huge Salmon! We have a witness in Matt Hassenrik who will demystify, or mystify his epic Midwest SUP playground complete with surfing in the snow, ice, and extreme temperatures.  Matt also talks about the epic SUP community near Holland, Michigan and racing with his son.

Andre, AKA Dre is an epic young man living a great life on the North Shore and around the USA.  We talk with him about SUP/Surf etiquette, his life as an all-around athlete, and all things Hawaii like Ohana, Poke, and self-sustainability in self and everything you do.  Dre gives us some tips on getting around in Hawaii, and explains why the Hawaiian vibe is so pronounced in SUP and Surf cultures around the world

Dean Burke dreamed of the Pacific Northwest and its majestic mountains from a very young age.   He vowed he would make it his profession one day to live, work, and play in this incredible area of the world.  As Executive Director of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission,  Dean is living the dream and energizing the city of Tacoma, Washington and the greater Puget Sound Area and its residents.  Hear about his journey, values, and how to hold steadfast and pursue your own dream.

Melanie Seiler Hames is the Executive Director at Active Southern West Virginia and a treasure to the people of the New River Gorge and surrounding area.  Melanie brings Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and more importantly, good health to the people of West Virginia by having them take an active part in sports and recreation that is right in their back yard.  Ms. Seiler, is also a very important leader who is improving the overall health quotient of West Virginia–a state heavily dependent on disappearing Coal Mining jobs, yet at the same time, one of the most beautiful places on earth ripe with economic opportunity in recreation.Hames

Ian Smith is the founder of “First Waves” which spreads the stoke with experiences in conservation, river surfing, standup paddleboarding, and filmmaking for under-served youth.

Ian talks about “First Waves”, Whitewater SUP, and the “Iron City”–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! 

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Mark Powell is another amazing person among us in the Stand Up Paddle Community. His Hurricane research on air-water mixing is notable and a significant contribution to the science he observed while flying aboard NOAA’s P3 Hurricane Hunter planes. Mark grew up on the water with his family and has competed in various watersports. He talks with us about his love and fascination of the water and weather and, recent entry into SUP racing. You can find my interview with Mark at the link below:

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The family that plays together, stays together, and such is the case with Doc and Gloria Doolittle. They have raced together, sailed together, and now Stand Up Paddle together. Pull up a chair and stay awhile as they talk about SUP, racing, and raising millions of dollars for Children’s Hospital in Seattle. They emphasize the importance of stand up paddle boarding as a family sport and why it is especially suited for couples and in building new and important relationships. Doc is also a Cancer survivor and talks about how a positive attitude and bring you around to the other side.  

Charles Web Knows No Bounds

12525524_10209203158378923_3010140642377278854_oCharles Webb is a disabled surfer and stand up paddle racer. But such a label does not accurately describe this incredible man. He only dwells on what he can do, not what he can’t. Join us for an inspirational discussion on the magic of the human spirit and Charles’ journey to SUP racing and Surfing. Charles also talks about accessibility of beaches to the disabled SUP and Surfing community.  

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