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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.

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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 123: Jeff Johnson - Mountain of Storms

    Episode 123: Jeff Johnson - Mountain of Storms

    Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    Jeff Johnson is probably best known for his film 180 South, a film which saw him travel to Patagonia with Yvon Chouniard and Doug Tompkins in homage to the original 1960s odyssey that is such a defining part of Patagonia story. It’s on YouTube, and I highly recommend checking it out.

    But there’s much more to Jeff’s career than this admittedly epic highpoint. He’s a surfer, skater, climber, film-maker, photographer and journalist who’s had another one of those questing, roving careers I like to feature on the podcast. As you’re going to hear, Jeff’s tale is yet another example of how a bit of front and a lot of passion can lead you to some extraordinary and interesting places, as the stories of how he got his breaks at the Surfer’s Journal and, later, Patagonia illustrate.

    Me and Jeff first started chatting around a year ago, so when lockdown kicked in I gave him a shout to arrange this conversation. Have to say, from our correspondence I had a feeling me and Jeff would hit it off and I’m glad to say we did. I throughly enjoyed this conversation, which we recorded in mid-May 2020 - please check out the website for full Show Notes and references to everything we discuss.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 122: Chas Smith - Trash Prose

    Episode 122: Chas Smith - Trash Prose

    Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    This week’s guest is Chas Smith, surely the most notorious surf journalist on the planet right now thanks to his work with Beach Grit, books like Welcome to Paradise Now Go To Hell, and podcasts like Dirty Water and The Grit with David Lee Scales.

    Along the way, Chas has come to personify a particular type of surf writing trope - the tough-talking, hard-drinking alpha who is forever storming out of trade show interviews and picking literal and metaphorical fights with his peers and contemporaries.

    And yet….I’ve always been intrigued by Chas. Firstly because I met him last year and found him to be utterly charming. Secondly, because in its way this persona as as much of a cliche as the very surf conformity he has spent his career railing against, and I’ve long suspected that nobody is more aware of that than Charlie himself.

    All of which begged a fairly obvious question as I sat down to interview him for this episode of the podcast: where does ‘Chas Smith’ end and Charlie Smith begin?

    Really enjoyed this one - my thanks to Chas for coming on the show and being so open and honest.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Bonus Episode: Lockdown Surf Film Festival - Gabriel Novis

    Bonus Episode: Lockdown Surf Film Festival - Gabriel Novis

    Lockdown Surf Film Festival bonus episode with Gabriel Novis! Yep, in April 2020 Chris and Demi, my friends behind the Lockdown Surf Film Festival, asked me to interview Gabriel about his film Sorria, which was showing as part of the festival.

    Sorria is a few years old now and is, as Gabriel explained during our conversation, an attempt to show another side of Brazilian surf culture and performance surfing than the one we’re so often used to seeing portrayed in the majority of surf media. As Gabriel put it, he wanted to explain, ‘why we’re so noisy and take up so much space’.

    He did so by dialling up the positivity and fun, and showcasing surfers like Fillipe Toldeo, Yafgo Dora, Jesse Mendes and Thomas Hermes away from the line up.

    Today, Gabriel works as a film-maker in LA, and still has the same creative, indpendent views on surfing and film making that informed Sorria, as I discovered during our chat.

    So that’s what I did, catching up with the Brazilian film-maker to discuss all thing surfing, Brazilian surf culture and film-making.

    Big thanks to Gabriel for coming on the show - and to my pals Chris and Demi for getting me involved in the brilliant Lockdown Surf Film Festival. Find out more at www.lockdownsurffilmfestival.com

    There are no Show Notes for this bonus episode, so if you want to find out more about any of the things we discuss, check out my Instagram (@WeLookSideways), Twitter (@WeLookSideways) and Facebook (@wearelookingsideways). Nice one.

    • 44 min
    Episode 121: Terje Haakonsen - G.O.A.T.

    Episode 121: Terje Haakonsen - G.O.A.T.

    Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    Let’s not mess around. My guest this week is one of the action sports G.O.A.T.s, up there with Hawk and Slater as the greatest and most influential rider his discipline has yet produced.

    Terje’s achievements are so legendary it is difficult to know where to start. Subjekt: Haakonsen? The Olympics boycott? THAT world biggest air record? That peerless string of 90s contest wins that set the tone for a generation? The fact that he’s still charging as he approaches 50?

    And yet, such a CV also presents something of a challenge for the interviewer. After all, how do you avoid going over the same old ground, the questions that have been asked thousands of time before?

    Luckily, I go back a long with Terje. We first met around in 2005 and have remained friends ever since. Which is why I approached this conversation the way I approach all Looking Sideways chats: with an open mind and no agenda other than to have a fruitful conversation.

    I’m happy to say that the result is as revealing an interview as Terje has ever given, covering his relationship with Jake Burton, the influence of Craig Kelly, those recent social media controversies and - yes - the Olympics.

    Don’t miss this one.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    TYPE 2: Episode 009 - Reece Pacheco

    TYPE 2: Episode 009 - Reece Pacheco

    Type 2 is a podcast from Looking Sideways in association with Patagonia that explores the intersection between the outdoors, action sports and activism.

    Even in a field crammed with extremely motivated people, Reece Pacheco stands out. He is Executive Director of WSL Pure, the WSL’s none profit with a mission to inspire the global surf community to lead the way in protecting the ocean.

    He is also in charge of the sustainability program for the World Surf League - or SVP of Ocean Responsibility to give him his full title.

    As if all that wasn’t enough, he hosts the WSL Pure One Ocean podcast too. All of which, by my reckoning, makes him extremely busy across a lot of fronts.

    What’s especially interesting about Reece’s current work with the WSL is the scale of the brief. In effect, he’s been given the daunting task of devising from scratch a strategy to help the WSL lead the way on matters of environmentalism and sustainability in the surf industry.

    As such, our chat about Reece’s approach is a fascinating counterpoint to last month’s conversation with Chris Hines about the genesis of Surfers Against Sewage; an organisation that, after all, evolved over many years from a single issue group into the most influential environmental body in the surf industry.

    As ever I was interested in digging into Reece’s background to find out how his experiences and private passion for this cause had led him to this point, and his views on the challenges the industry currently faces. Great chat this one - hope you enjoy it.

    New episodes of Type 2 are released every four weeks through my Looking Sideways channel. Hear it by subscribing to Looking Sideways via ApplePodcasts, Spotify or any of the usual other podcast providers.

    Thanks to Ewan Wallace for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 120: Mike Manzoori - Auteur

    Episode 120: Mike Manzoori - Auteur

    Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.com

    I’m back with the great Mike Manzoori, a much-loved UK skateboarder who has quietly had one of the most influential careers in British skating.

    Mike has been renowned for the power and style of his skating since day one, and came up alongside peers like Curtis McCann and Simon Evans during an era of particular significance for UK skateboarding, documented by the great TLB through the pages of RaD magazine and through Mike’s own early experiments in film making.

    Later, he headed to the States and evolved into one of the most progressive and creative film-makers in skateboarding. It’s a career arc that perfect mirror the evolution of UK skateboarding as a while, and it means Mike has a brilliant perspective on the last three decades.

    I’ve been keen to chat to Mike for the show for years, and the result was a really lovely, engaging conversation with a properly humble and modest character.

    My thanks to Mike for taking the time to do it, and to Don Brown, Dan Adams and Wig Worland for their help pulling this episode together.

    Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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jameswmorris4 ,

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Matt has an interview style that immediately relaxes me as a listener and you can tell his guests as quickly feel at ease with him. His questions are well researched, naturally flowing and incredibly engaging. The conversations keep you coming back for more whether you know the guest or not. Keep up the top work!

Cool mon runnins ,

Can of Pringles for your ears!

Once you pop you can’t stop! What a fantastic podcast, some fun and really informative shows with fantastic guests. Matts enthusiasm is infectious. Keep up the good work

Samstocking ,

Keep up the good work

Where do I start? What a find, can’t believe this has passed me by for so long. Always amazing guests, unexpected avenues of chat and with Matt’s laid back yet inquisitive style it’s a pleasure to listen to. As a surfer and lover of all things board every episode is a winner yet work on so many more levels than board sports. Get yourselves on this podcast now. Thanks Matt, keep up the good work 🤙

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