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Former Surfer magazine editor Chris Mauro talks to a wide variety of wave riders shaping opinion both in the water and out. While surf history, culture and craft serve as the usual jumping off points, topics range wildly due to the diversity of surfing's global reach.
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Former Surfer magazine editor Chris Mauro talks to a wide variety of wave riders shaping opinion both in the water and out. While surf history, culture and craft serve as the usual jumping off points, topics range wildly due to the diversity of surfing's global reach.
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    Chris Malloy back in the saddle

    Chris Malloy back in the saddle

    Chris Malloy is the eldest of the famed Malloy surfing trio (big-brother to Keith and Dan) and the first to become an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His journey from country bumkin' on California's Central Coast to big-wave gladiator on the North Shore of Oahu (and back) is one you'll find highly entertaining and inspiring. I caught up with Chris on his sprawling 100-acre ranch to explore his family's surfing roots, the early days of outer-reef adventures, the inner workings of the Momentum Generation, as well as his forays into filmmaking, commercial directing, sustainable fashion and the farm-to-table business he helps his wife Carla with today. It's a wild ride, so jump on.
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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Shaun Tomson on living a life of power and purpose

    Shaun Tomson on living a life of power and purpose

    Shaun Tomson was the poster child of surfing's Free Ride generation...literally. He redefined the art of tube riding at Off The Wall in the mid 70s, and helped usher in the age of the modern day pro surfer. Shaun won the World Title in 1977, and remained surfing's first gentleman on The Tour all the way up until he retired in 1990.

    Today, Shaun's resume is a laundry list of accomplishments. He's an entrepreneur, author, documentary filmmaker, and philanthropist. But his primary role today is motivational speaker. He teaches groups and individuals about leadership, individual and shared purpose, and turning hope into action. He's given his lessons to corporate juggernauts like Google, GM, Disney and Cisco, as well as prisons, rehab centers, elite universities and some of the poorest schools in South Africa. 
    Shaun's message of hope, optimism, and self empowerment is especially encouraging considering how far into despair he fell after the death of his son Matthew in 2006.
    We spoke about all that and the state of surfing today, of course, in this first episode of Season 2. I hope you enjoy.




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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Troy Eckert's Radical Voyage

    Troy Eckert's Radical Voyage

    After becoming employee number one at Volcom in 1991 at the age of 18, Troy Eckert spent the next two decades reshaping the landscape of surf, skate and snow culture. As the head of marketing, he assembled one of the most colorful team rosters in history, completely rewrote the book on grassroots amateur events, produced more than 15 films, and created a company culture that was the envy of the industry. The magic they bottled, and the impact they made, is the kind of stuff marketing gurus teach today. 
    And while this episode certainly covers the Volcom story, it's more about the lessons Troy's learned since. After leaving in 2011 he seemed set for life…at least on paper. After all, Volcom's market cap topped a billion dollars at its peak. But life has a way of messing up plans. His marriage fell apart after he moved to Kauai. He lost a good chunk of his fortune on what he calls "bad, ego-centric bets." Then came a mysterious health problem. Within a few short years the dream life he’d built came crashing down around him.
    But Troy’s proven to be nothing if not resilient. After some deep soul searching and self care, he’s reemerged back in Southern California happier, healthier, and more grateful than ever for the challenges that have made him the man he is today -- the new man...Troy 2.0. Now this renowned surfer, skater, snowboarder, businessman, and yogi is teaching others how to face adversity and find out what really matters.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Joe Sigurdson: How the 100 Wave Challenge Saves Lives

    Joe Sigurdson: How the 100 Wave Challenge Saves Lives

    Joe Sigurdson is the creator of the 100 Wave Challenge, the largest fund-raising event of the year for Boys to Men, a youth mentoring program he co-founded 20 years ago with help from his late, great father Herb, and his good friend Craig McClain. 
    Over the past 10 years Joe and his team have rallied the San Diego surfing community behind the Boys to Men cause of providing at-risk youth the guidance needed to keep them off the streets, out of gangs, and away from destructive habits that destroy lives. Sadly, in San Diego, like many urban centers, that task is daunting. Yet thanks to Joe’s surfing buddies, and the larger San Diego surfing community, the success of the Boys to Men program is being championed widely by San Diego school administrators, teachers, and counselors who are blown away by the results.  
    Their original San Diego Chapter has helped thousands stay out of trouble, and county officials are so fascinated by the results they want to make it available to every school in the county. This is all testament to a surfing community at its best.
    As is usual with heroic stories like these, there’s a colorful backstory involved. Joe Sigurdson made some bad decisions of his own back in the day, decisions that, for a time, turned him into a nefarious criminal, drug addict, and thug.  
    In this episode, Joe gives us the gritty details of his bad deeds, his long road to redemption, and those experiences—good and bad — that motivated him and his friends to save the lives of kids in need. You’ll also hear from Joe Ross, who was 12-years-old when he joined the Boys to Men program, and today is one of their most prolific mentors. 
    When you understand the amazing work these guys are doing, my hope is you’ll understand how easy it is to save some lives simply by catching a few waves or supporting somebody else’s effort at this year’s 100 Wave Challenge. To find out how, please go to boystomen.org where you can also learn more about the program, including how to start a Boys to Men chapter in your town.  

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    • 50 min
    Nick Carroll

    Nick Carroll

    Before Nick Carroll became a treasured journalist and celebrated author, he was one of many red-hot surfers from Sydney’s northern beach of Newport. Matter of fact, the older Carroll brother was a two-time national champion in Australia in 79 and 81. 
    He was also a founding member of the Newport Plus Surf Club, one of Australia’s most powerful. Midway through the 1981 season, the Newport Plus crew had six surfers sitting in the Top 30 on the world rankings. 
    In 1984, when Shaun Tomson and Tom Carroll came to Bells Beach for the world title showdown, it was Nick who eliminated Shaun, securing his little brother his second-straight title. Nick then got busy writing about that day's events for Tracks, where he was the editor. 
    Today at 59, Nick hasn’t slowed at a bit. He’s still surfing his brains out, and channeling his competitive fire into various swim, paddle, and endurance races. He coaches and trains with some of Australia’s hottest talent in that arena, and he’ll be doing his seventh Molokai Challenge in the summer of 2019. 
    Nick’s been writing about surfing for more than 40 years now, gathering incredible insights into our ever-evolving culture, so it’s always a blast catching up with him. As a bonus, there’s some added color from Derek Hynd, a fellow Newport Plus member. Topics run the full spectrum, so strap in and get to know one of surfing’s most coveted tribal leaders. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Dr. Bryan Doonan

    Dr. Bryan Doonan

    In the early 90s, Bryan Doonan and his identical twin brother Kent were two of Quiksilver's budding pro stars. They were two of the hottest surfing talents from LA County, a feat that's all the more impressive when you consider they grew up deep in the Crescenta Valley, near Pasadena. Bryan and Kent both became National Champions and were hidden heroes of the Momentum Generation. Today, Dr. Bryan Doonan owns five Urgent Care centers in Southern California, as well as a Sports Medicine and Family practice in Newport Beach. During this episode of the People Who Surf Podcast, Dr. Doonan talks about balancing work and surf, his link to the pros of today, and the incredible adventures he enjoyed growing up as a unit with his brother. I hope you enjoy.


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    • 53 min

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