John Chase interviews inspiring paddlers from the US and across the globe. If you want to learn about destinations, trips, and personalities from the world of paddlesports, we have you covered!
Paddling the Blue #28 - Olly Sanders-Kayaking and Climbing in East Greenland
Today’s guest is Olly Sanders.
Olly has brought together two of his passions, alpine mountaineering and kayaking and combined them together into some incredible experiences. Highly-accomplished at both disciplines, Olly has been nominated for alpinism’s highest achievement, the Piolet D’or and nominated for honors from the Arctic Club. Today's story highlights some of Olly's favorite spots in East Greenland and why he keeps going back.
Watch for Olly's book, "The Journey, Not the Destination", available in Summer 2021. The book will highlight thirty years of climbing and paddling expeditions, plus a few other stories from the entertainment world while working as a film and entertainment rigger.
Connect with Olly:
Rock and Sea Adventures
Olly's lectures and public speaking
Purchase the Lofoten guidebook by Jaan Engstaad with contributions by Olly Sanders
Paddling the Blue #27-Nick Schade-Designing and building wood boats
Today’s guest is Nick Schade.
Nick is a boat designer and builder from Connecticut here in the USA. Nick runs Guillemot Kayaks and his boat plans are some of the most widely built worldwide. In this episode, we learn how Nick got his start, dig into the process of designing a boat, and see what keeps him motivated to create new designs.
Connect with Nick:
Meet one of Nick's inspirations, John Winters
Paddling the Blue #26-Erin Bastian-Exploring the Greek Islands and Corsica
Today’s guest is Erin Bastian. We’re talking with Erin about her travels through the Mediterranean Sea, particularly the Greek Isles and Corsica. Erin also unveils a surprise upcoming adventure!
Connect with Erin:
Learn more about and help support One Ocean Crew
Island cruising resources:
Sailing maps (not for navigation)
Nautical charts (from Hartis)
Paddling the Blue #25 - Stig Larsson - For the love of the sport
Today's episode features the President and co-founder of Level Six, Stig Larsson.
Stig shares his story of traveling the World Cup slalom circuit, gives us the inside scoop on the funny story of how Level Six got its name, provides some insight into technical wear design, and more.
In this episode, we also announce a contest to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Paddling the Blue podcast! Thanks to Level Six and P&H Custom Sea Kayaks for your support!
Level Six (website)
Level Six (Facebook)
Level Six youth paddling scholarship
Paddling the Blue #24-Jeff Allen-Karma Waters-Circumnavigating Japan
Today we make our way back to the UK for a fascinating conversation with Jeff Allen.
Jeff is joining us today from his sailboat, Wild Rover, to share the incredible story of his 2004 "Karma Waters" expedition around Japan with Hadas Feldman. You’re going to love the learnings Jeff shares from this trip, both from a paddlers perspective and a human perspective.
Enjoy today’s interview with Jeff!
Learn more about Wild Rover Expeditions
Visit International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA)
Connect with Jeff:
Facebook: Expedition Paddler
Paddling the Blue #23-Four the Water-Life after college on Lake Superior
Today’s episode will feature the crew from Four the Water.
This group of friends came together for a 102 day trip of a lifetime circumnavigating Lake Superior. After some time guiding groups on day trips along Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, they had an understanding of the power of this inland sea.
What they may have lacked in experience, they compensated for with youthful exuberance and advice from friends and others along the way. They gave themselves time and kept the shore close at hand to keep the trip safe.
Listen and enjoy as I talk with Ryan, Drew, and Jared from Fourthewater.
Please take time to check out Fourthewater.com and view the film, Our water. All proceeds from the film go to support Superior Watershed Partnership, focused on conservation and public education 100% local to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Facebook: Four the Water