Greg Carson - Taino Divers

April 15, 2017

I was down in Rincon, Puerto Rico last week for the Beach Boy stand up paddle board race and got a chance to catch up with Greg Carson. Carson is a waterman through and through. After growing up outside Fort Worth Texas and later attending the University of Florida, he answered a call for a job as a dive instructor at a small dive shop in Rincon. He's been there for 25 years ever since.

He's an accomplished diver and free diver having used the ocean as his grocery store when he first moved to the island. He's also a Starboard ambassador and a big wave surfer. We talk about his love affair with Tres Palmas and the early years of riding big waves on stand up paddle boards, the progression to performance boards, and blending into the line up as a stand up paddler.

And now he's feeling like a grom again through the addiction of hydro-foiling. Carson got his hands on a couple of Go Foils this winter and is now well ahead of the learning curve riding everything from 10 foot Tres to two foot reef breaks on his foil.

Greg is one of the most well known and well respected people in Rincon. Whether he's walking down the street or down the beach people drift into his path for a chance to say hello and swap some stories. He's a super good guy who gives a ton of his time and energy to the local community which in turn has given him a little slice of paradise to live out his dream to be a surfer.

Enjoy the show.

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Will Skudin - Big Wave Surfer

March 24, 2017

Today we have big wave surfer Will Skudin on the line to talk about geting the bid for a full time spot on the Big Wave World Tour this year. We talk to him about growing up as an east coast surfer on the big wave world stage and how his background in swimming helped prepare him for the mental toughness required for huge surf.

Will is an awesome guy. I had the pleasure of sitting down with him and his girlfriend, Jen, last month while we were in Puerto Rico, and was really impressed with how modest and approachable he seemed considering the heroics of what he does for a living. I guess I assumed that big wave surfers were full of insane energy and adrenalin 24/7 and maybe some are, but not in this case. Will has a very calming way about him - anxiety doesn't seem like a word he's familiar with. When 40 foot walls of water pick you out of the line up to march toward, you have to be cool headed enough to hold your ground and trust your positioning versus paddling like mad for the horizon. That's what separates big wave surfers from the rest of us.

We're looking forward to following Will's season this year as the first waiting period kicks of late next month. He's a testament to hard work, determination, and dedication and I can't wait to see it all unfold on the big wave world stage in 2017 Enjoy the show.

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Zane Kekoa Schweitzer - Ultimate Waterman

November 20, 2016

Zane has had an incredible year this year having won the Ultimate Waterman Challenge, The Master of the Ocean, runner up to SUP male athlete of the year, and as I write this he has just won gold in the 2016 ISA men's sup surf event in Fiji. The guy is on fire. We were finally able to get him on the phone in the midst of a very busy schedule to talk about his accomplishments thus far and particularly the emerging phenomenon of stand up foiling. In true Zane fashion, he's on the move even while taking our call as he makes his way to Ho'okipa Park where he's scheduled to compete in the Aloha Classic an hour from now.

I got to spend some time with Zane and his brother Matty Schweitzer during the 2016 Starboard Dealer meeting in San Diego in September. By now you've all see the videos of Zane and Connor riding their foil boards behind windsurfers, party boats, and electric bikes in Mission Bay during that event. But what you may not know is that in between those expression sessions, Zane and Matty were holding some of the first stand up paddle foiling clinics ever done on a brand new low speed foil designed by Alex Aguerra of Go Foil. After watching Zane patiently coach each person up onto the foil then masterfully demonstrating how a pro-level rider does it, I knew this was the guy to tell us where we are and where we're headed in the crazy new world of foiling.

I can't say enough about the humbleness, honor, and respect that Zane exhibits every day as a professional athlete. Its obvious he's a very old soul that's deeply entrenched in the life and tradition of his Maui roots. I was very flattered to have him join us on the show and think you'll really enjoy hearing what he has to share.

Enjoy.

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Phil Soltysiak - Professional Windsurfer

October 27, 2016
Phil Soltysiak is a 29 year old professional windsurfer from Toronto Canada who finished 5th in the year this year in the freestyle category. Phil rides for Starboard and Sailworks and is one of the very few North Americans competing on the PWA world tour which predominantly takes place in Europe from May through October. 

We hear about his early years sailing with his brothers and building a passion for windsurfing that ultimately leads him to the decision to turn pro. He won Male Windsurf Athlete of the year last year from the Association of Wind and Water Sport Industries and just had his best career finish ever this year on tour.

He's a super friendly guy who loves to share the stoke of windsurfing with everyone he sails with. I know I'd be psyched to get out and sail with this guy as he seems like the kind of person who raises the level of fun anywhere he goes. As a windsurfer who mostly sails in Vermont on Lake Champlain, I can appreciate the dedication and time it takes to make it to world stage from a cold weather environment.  

To learn more about Phil and his travels, check him out at philipsoltysiak.com.

Thank you Phil for joining us today, it was a pleasure to have you on the show.
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Brian Reardon - Auxiliary Channel

October 15, 2016
If you've ever watched a live stream of a professional surfing event, you'll love hearing from our guest in this episode. Brian Reardon is the owner and founder of the Auxiliary Channel - a media production company responsible for providing internet streams for action sports events.

Brian grew up surfing with our own Kevin Womersley from WND&WVS in their home town of Marshfield, Mass. Brian developed a passion for filming when he was in college shooting movies of himself and his buddies snowboarding in Vermont. That passion led him to start the Auxiliary Channel and later start booking events from brands such as Volcom.

Brian and his crew recently covered the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny Beach, California where they did an amazing job bringing us all the action from that event. During our call Brian takes us back to the legendary Cloudbreak swell of 2012 when he was contracted by Volcom to stream that event for the ASP Mens World Tour.

Brian is a great guy with a lot of enthusiasm and passion for what he does and it certainly comes across in his work.

Thank you for tuning in. We hope you enjoy the show.
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David Carson - Graphic Designer and Surfer

October 3, 2016
We were extremely excited to have graphic designer and surfer, David Carson, in the shop today to talk about his life as a surfer and graphic designer. David grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida where he started riding waves, then eventually becomes a professional surfer and shares his experiences both competing and judging contests in the late 1970s and 80s. 

As his professional surfing career started to wind down, David became intently interested in his second passion - graphic design. The rest is really history as David then becomes one of the most famous designers in the world. Apple named him as one of the most influential designers of our lifetime through his work at Transworld Skateboarding, Surfer Magazine, Beach Culture, Ray Gun, and others to name a few.

We hit the ground running in this interview realizing that the conversation was already well underway before we could be bothered with introductions and pleasantries. Kevin and David are in the middle of a discussion about a controversial call during the WSL Trestles event when Gabriel Medina lost to local favorite Tanner Gudauskas.... 

So that's where we dive in, but before long we're able to peddle back and get into the beginnings of David's surf career and his ultimate passion for graphic design. I hope you enjoy the show and as always, be sure to check us out at wndnwvs.com for all your surf apparel and gear.
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Samantha Bittner - Founder of the American Windsurfing Tour

July 22, 2016

Meet Samantha Bittner. Born and raised in Washington state, moved to Maui out of a passion for windsurfing and soon after created the American Windsurfing Tour. Hear her story as she pumps new energy into windsurfing by re-introducing wave sailing to the Americas.

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Chuck Patterson - Epic Winter at Jaws

July 1, 2016

Russ and the boys get Chuck Patterson on the line to talk about stand up paddle surfing at Jaws this winter and the need for a single world racing/surf tour.

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Jeff Clark - Race and Surf Shapes

May 26, 2016

The WND&WVS crew sits down to talk with Mavericks founder and big wave surfer, Jeff Clark, about his latest custom stand up paddle surf and race shapes and the SUP scene in Northern California.

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Laird Hamilton - Recovering from Hip Surgery

May 3, 2016

Russ, Kevin, and Jeff had the opportunity to talk with Laird Hamilton about his recent hip replacement surgery, foil boarding, the 2016 Surrator, and this winter's El Nino season.

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