218 episodes

Presented by Matt Barr, Looking Sideways is a podcast about the best stories in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and other related endeavours.

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Presented by Matt Barr, Looking Sideways is a podcast about the best stories in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and other related endeavours.

    Episode 184: Ewan Wallace - The Joy of Friendship

    Episode 184: Ewan Wallace - The Joy of Friendship

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    Is there anything better than catching up with an old friend after a long break, and picking up exactly where you left off?

    I think not - which is why my latest with Ewan Wallace is a paean to the joys of close friendship.

    Ewan is a snowboarder and musician (he’s guitarist with Bonobo and Karmic) who is also one of my oldest and closest friends. I spent the most formative years of my life with Ewan; 15 years snowboarding, travelling, working and playing music together. But in the last decade we haven’t seen as much of each other as usual, which is why I really cherish our time together on the rare occasions it does come around.

    On this occasion, I was also keen to reflect on our shared experiences with the perspective of time. I’ve been thinking much about the past recently, particularly the creative successes and failures. As somebody who was alongside me in the creative trenches for so many years, I’ve long been waiting for the chance to compare notes with Ewan on the times we had and the things we experienced.

    The result was the type of nourishing, grounding chat that only a proper old mate can deliver. Ewan’s always been a brilliant conversationalist and he’s led such an interesting life that know this would be a fun one. And so it proved to be.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 183: Shaun Tomson - The Light Shines Ahead

    Episode 183: Shaun Tomson - The Light Shines Ahead

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    Let’s get straight to it - I’ve got one of surfing’s all-time great legends on the show this week. Along with peers like Ian Cairns, Rabbit and MR, 1977 World Champion Shaun Thomson helped to redefine surfing over the course of one of THE most influential careers of them all. He changed the game in ways we all continue to benefit from today.

    Then there are his off-the-water contributions, which are as progressive and game-changing as his surfing. He was one of surfing’s earliest activists, working with organisations such as Surfrider, and organising a campaign to improve water quality at Rincon, among other firsts. He’s also an entrepreneur, starting Instinct and sponsoring other legends such as Tom Carroll and Barton Lynch on the way to their own world crowns. And, as if that isn’t enough, he’s also a creative filmmaker and cultural custodian, notably through the film Bustin’ Down The Door, which documented the mid-70s Hawaiian scene Shaun was himself such a key part of.

    And yet, despite these incredible heights, Shaun’s life has also been marked by rare tragedy. The death of his beloved son Mathew in 1995 left him understandably bereft and seeking a new purpose in life. He found it with his Surfer’s Code, a deceptively simple self-development tool which uses surfing as a metaphor for life’s struggles, and which Shaun has subsequently used to help thousands of individuals and business find their own purpose.

    Taken as a whole, Shaun’s story is remarkable on many levels, and in this conversation we spoke about this career in the context of the biggest themes of all - life, death, grief, recovery; and how surfing has the power to shape your life in ways it can take a lifetime to understand.

    I’m very grateful to Shaun for taking the time to share his story with such openness and generosity. Hope you enjoy this episode.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 182: Lesley, Lauren and Hannah - Triumvirate

    Episode 182: Lesley, Lauren and Hannah - Triumvirate

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    When does cultural guardianship become another form of toxic gatekeeping? How can you connect your own personal take on activism with the bigger themes? How can ski touring and splitboarding be a vehicle to increased creativity and self-awareness? And just why is Scotland one of the most unique places to ride a snowboard in the world?

    All topics covered in this week’s episode with Lesley McKenna, Hannah Bailey and Lauren MacCallum, impromptuly recorded during my recent trip to Aviemore to take part in one of Hannah and Lesley’s Wandering Workshops. This was a brilliant three days which mixed splitboarding with a much-needed creative reset.

    While there, I decided to grab Lesley, Hannah and Lauren for a chat. “What do you want to chat about?”, asked Lesley the day before, as we were heading uphill through classic Scottish four-seasons-in-one-day conditions. “Let’s just press record and see where we end up”, I replied.

    Which is exactly what we did, and as I suspected it might, it quickly evolved into a subtle, all-encompassing chat that covered a hell of a lot of ground. Of course, it helped that I was chatting to three of the smartest, most passionate people I know.

    This is actually the first time I’ve interviewed three people for the show, and I thought it worked really well. Big thanks to Lesley, Hannah and Lauren for taking the time to do it, and for the brilliant conversation.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 181: Pat Bridges - The Eye

    Episode 181: Pat Bridges - The Eye

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    Sound the geek klaxon!

    Yep, this week’s conversation with legit US snowboarding legend Pat ‘the eYe’ bridges goes deep, deep down the snowboarding rabbit hole.

    I go back a long way with Pat - around twenty years, in fact. I used to write for him back when he was editor of Snowboarder Magazine, which was around when we first met. Over the years, we stayed in touch and continued to bump into each other at various events around the world.

    So you can imagine how chuffed I was to get the chance to work alongside Pat as part of the Natural Selection team: firstly, as part of the Selection Committee for the event; then, later, as part of the commentary team for the Jackson leg of this year’s tour.

    I spent that trip with working with and hanging out with Pat, which was brilliant fun and a true privilege. Cut this man and he bleeds snowboarding. He also has the most encyclopaedic knowledge of snowboarding lore of anybody I’ve ever met. Which, considering the calibre of geek I’ve spent my life hanging out with, is really saying something.

    These days Pat is as close to a definition of a snowboarding lifer as you’re going to get, as his work as publisher of Slush testifies. He continues to fight the good fight, and be outrageously entertaining company. Hope you enjoy our conversation.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 180: Neil Macdonald - Science Versus Life

    Episode 180: Neil Macdonald - Science Versus Life

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    To say that Neil McDonald is interested in skate history is a little like saying Capability Brown liked to dabble in the odd bit of gardening.

    Neil is a journalist, author, curator and archivist who is obsessed, to an awe-inspiring degree, with the tales and intricacies of skate history.

    It’s a fascination he explores through his essential Science Versus Life Instagram account, and which he is developing on the grandest possible scale with his forthcoming history of UK skateboarding. For me, Neil’s reverent take on the power and importance of skate history makes him more akin to a legitimate cultural curator. It’s why I kept using the word archivist during our conversation, and why I think his work is so important and much more than the mere ‘scanning of old skateboard magazines’, to paraphrase his Insta bio.

    Why? Because this stuff matters. It’s important, like any history is important. It’s how we define ourselves as a culture, and how we safeguard the uniqueness of these activities many of us have based our entire lives around.

    With Science Versus Life and his forthcoming book, Neil is doing nothing less than trying to preserve and present the entire pre-digital history of British skateboarding and, by extension, youth culture in this country. As you might imagine if you’ve listened to the show for a while, this mission is right up my boulevard, and I enjoyed our chat very much indeed. Hope you do too.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 179: Yvette Curtis - Good Trouble

    Episode 179: Yvette Curtis - Good Trouble

    Full episodes info and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    This week’s guest Yvette Curtis runs the amazing Wave Wahines, the women and girls only surf club through which she is on a mission to make surfing in the UK more accessible for women and girls from all cultures and ethnic communities.

    I think the reason I’m such a fan of Yvette’s work, and why I was so keen to chat to her for the podcast, is that it’s a story of how one person can impact the grassroots by the works they do.

    I talk about lot on the podcast about how we need to ask questions of traditional surf culture. Well, Yvette is out there doing that work, and it’s through initiatives such as Wahines that change will happen, however irrevocably. And, as I discovered during our conversation, it has come at sometimes great emotional and personal cost. Firstly, because like everybody, Yvette struggles with the dreaded imposter syndrome, and the very idea that she has any right to be a spokesperson on any of the issues we discuss.

    Secondly, because anybody doing such work, and daring to pose questions of the status quo, can find themselves open to attack, something which happened to Yvette when she appeared on a BBC Spotlight segment and subsequently received a truly horrendous amount of bullying and abuse.

    Undeterred, Yvette dusted herself down and came back more energised than ever to make a difference. As she should have one, because her experiences as a British woman of colour in the 21st century are real, impactful, challenging and are as valid a contribution to our culture as somebody who is venerated for being good at riding a piece of wood, foam or carbon.

    When ordinary people do extraordinary things, change can happen. Shining a light on such stories is basically why I started this podcast, and why I’m so glad Yvette agreed to come on the show.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, to my editor Fina Charleson, and to Duncan Yeldham for production support.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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405 Ratings

405 Ratings

bikerclubby ,

Great stories from people you’ve probably never heard of.

Avid mtber and past snowboarder that hasn’t kept up with the “scene”. Found this podcast by accident but love it. Unrushed stories and tales from a heap of athletes and adventurers I’d never heard of, as well as a few of my teenage idols. Next road trip your on, go back to the start and simply press play.

Scotty Naismith ,

HKC

Not sure about the long (occasionally 2 hour long), rambling, hyper indulgent intros, often supported by a “guest”. However, if you can persevere through these, the last 5-10 minutes of each episode usually absolutely bang. Once you hear, “thank f*** they’re gone”, you know things are about to get spicy, so stop what you’re doing and strap in.

I’ve recently started back at the start to fill my days working on my own in Aime this autumn and your constant pleas for shares and reviews have reminded me that I totally ignored you back in the day. So here it is being ticked off one of my dustier to do lists. Thanks Matt, I’ve learnt so much, laughed so much and on the rare occasions I’m away from the mountains, the surf or a mini ramp, the simple dulcet “Eyup, ows it goin?” takes me straight there. So thank you.

Been here since day one and told everyone who would listen, and everyone who wouldn’t, about your humble corner of the internet. There’s something funny about discussing the latest episode in a pub in the three valleys with my mates.

Only thing I listen to, only thing I need. #housekeepingcornertillidie

Ps. For the record, the longer the intro the better, I often haven’t the foggiest about who you’re talking to and in my opinion you can’t say too much. So crack on, don’t listen to the haters who clearly don’t have enough time in their lives.

KT__H ,

Brilliant

This podcast is simply great. You get drawn in by the big hitters but you stay for the interesting stories that every guest has to tell. Who knew that action sports would be such an interesting lens through which to consider everything going on in the world today? I can’t recommend it enough.

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