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World Surf League’s Dave Prodan breaks things down with influential figures from all across the surf landscape. Hear their behind-the-scenes stories and unfiltered opinions to get a deeper sense of who they are and how they’ve influenced the sport and culture of surfing.

The Lineup with Dave Prodan - A Surfing Podcast WSL Studios

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    • 4.7 • 37 Ratings

World Surf League’s Dave Prodan breaks things down with influential figures from all across the surf landscape. Hear their behind-the-scenes stories and unfiltered opinions to get a deeper sense of who they are and how they’ve influenced the sport and culture of surfing.

    Matt Biolos - Shaping for some of the best ever, Mayhem’s punk rock origins, The 25th anniversary of “5’5” 19 x ¼”, Anti-heroes, The evolution of Lost, 2020’s COVID surfing boom, and Working with Irons, Andino, Wright and Moore

    Matt Biolos - Shaping for some of the best ever, Mayhem’s punk rock origins, The 25th anniversary of “5’5” 19 x ¼”, Anti-heroes, The evolution of Lost, 2020’s COVID surfing boom, and Working with Irons, Andino, Wright and Moore

    Influential Lost Surfboards shaper and San Clemente, CA local Matt Biolos shares stories from his long career working with some of the best surfers in history. He looks back at starting out working for Herbie Fletcher, the punk rock origins of Mayhem, keeping that outsider/anti-hero mentality, growing a full team of pros, evolving his business into the apparel space, and the eventual refocusing around shaping boards. He talks about his time working with everyone from Nathan and Christian Fletcher and to Andy Irons and Cory Lopez to Kolohe Andino and Carissa Moore. Matt also explores the microscopic details that go into shaping boards for surfers competing at the very height of the sport, touches on the 25th anniversary of his film “5’5” 19 x ¼,” describes the massive COVID surfing boom, and shares his thoughts on the Surf Ranch. 

    Artwork Photo by: Gabriel Nakamura
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    The Break Room - Morgan Cibilic’s unexpected rise, The new Gabriel Medina, A title-altering Tie, What’s up with Tyler Wright, An Unpopular Opinion about John John Florence, and Listener questions about working for WSL

    The Break Room - Morgan Cibilic’s unexpected rise, The new Gabriel Medina, A title-altering Tie, What’s up with Tyler Wright, An Unpopular Opinion about John John Florence, and Listener questions about working for WSL

    In the first-ever “Break Room” episode of the podcast, host Dave Prodan speaks with a panel of fellow WSL employees that work across the league. Get insights from inside the building on the crazy Australian Leg, Morgan Cibilic’s unexpected rise from unknown rookie to legitimate Final 5 contender, and a tie in the rankings that could alter the women’s World Title race. They then dive into how different Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira, and Tyler Wright feel this season and debate a very Unpopular Opinion about John John Florence’s future on tour. Finally, they answer listener questions about what it’s like to actually work for the World Surf League.
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    • 55 min
    Australian Crawl - Rock n roll stories, The genesis of the band, Sponsoring the Bells Beach contest, The lifelong connection to surfing, and the fortieth anniversary of their hit album “Sirocco”

    Australian Crawl - Rock n roll stories, The genesis of the band, Sponsoring the Bells Beach contest, The lifelong connection to surfing, and the fortieth anniversary of their hit album “Sirocco”

    From the influential rock band Australian Crawl, Bill McDonough and Paul Williams join the podcast to talk about the origins of the band, their roots in Australia, and their lifelong connection to surfing. They look back at the genesis of Australian Crawl in the late 1970s, touring Australia, and eventually making it onto the international scene. They dive into their personal history with surfing, being attracted to the lifestyle, getting into the sport as teenagers, and eventually sponsoring the Bells Beach contest. They also share stories from a lifetime of adventures in rock n roll, explore the buzz you can get only from surfing, and discuss the fortieth anniversary of their four-times Platinum album “Sirocco.”

    You can stream the remastered album "Sirocco" here: https://AustralianCrawl.lnk.to/Sirocco-40
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Meg Bernardo - Creating the foundation for Pro Surfing, The first days of the ASP, Finding her place in the lineup, The league’s evolution, The WSL Finals format, and The best character in surfing

    Meg Bernardo - Creating the foundation for Pro Surfing, The first days of the ASP, Finding her place in the lineup, The league’s evolution, The WSL Finals format, and The best character in surfing

    WSL North American Regional Manager Meg Bernardo talks about the genesis of the World Surf League. As one of the company’s very first hires, she shares behind-the-scenes stories of the early days of the WSL, from starting the ASP with Ian Cairns and Peter Townend, to building the foundation and creating the framework for professional surfing, to producing those first tour events, to witnessing the evolution of both pro surfing and the league itself. She describes her path into surfing after moving from the midwest to Huntington Beach, finding her place in the lineup, and then pursuing a career in the sport. She also gives her thoughts on the current Championship Tour and Rip Curl WSL Finals format, reveals the best character from her time in pro surfing, and remembers hiring our very own Dave Prodan.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ian Cairns - Starting the ASP, The makeshift early days of the tour, The growth of surfing worldwide, Pushing limits in Hawaii, Western Australia, and His place in surfing history

    Ian Cairns - Starting the ASP, The makeshift early days of the tour, The growth of surfing worldwide, Pushing limits in Hawaii, Western Australia, and His place in surfing history

    WSL Founder Ian Cairns talks about starting the ASP and building what would become the Championship Tour. He looks back at the early days of the tour, their crazy dream, patching it together “with chewing gum and masking tape,” the widespread growth of surfing worldwide, and wanting to end the tour in Australia. He describes living in Western Australia on a farm, surfing all the different waves there including Strickland Bay, the site of the Rip Curl Rottnest Search, and then explains how they relate to some of the iconic breaks on the North Shore. He tells stories from his own successful competitive career, talks title aspirations, details how he knew it was time to hang it up, and calls winning The Duke in 1975 the highlight of his career.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Connor O’Leary - The Inspiring road to the CT, Representing Australia and Japan, Growing up as a multicultural kid, Inspiring the next generation, Battling to get back on tour, and His desire for more lefts

    Connor O’Leary - The Inspiring road to the CT, Representing Australia and Japan, Growing up as a multicultural kid, Inspiring the next generation, Battling to get back on tour, and His desire for more lefts

    Championship Tour surfer Connor O’Leary talks about his unlikely and inspiring road to getting (and staying) on tour. He looks back at his rollercoaster career so far, from starting out as a surf shop kid and surf school instructor to his quick rise through the Qualifying Series and winning Rookie of the Year to falling off tour and battling back. He breaks down his family history, his mom’s competitive surfing career, growing up in Cronulla as a multicultural kid, and representing both Japan and Australia on his jersey. He also touches on the rise in performance level since his rookie year, inspiring the next generation of surfers, finding confidence and being present in the moment, and his desire for more lefts on tour.
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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Adamdesu ,

My favourite podcast

Even if you know nothing about surfing, this is just an awesome long form podcast. And if you like surfing, even better. Dave also takes a stand on important issues of the day, which I respect and admire him for. Highlight of my week!

Goof_Diaries ,

Great Podcast

A great listen and awesome insight into the tour and the minds of the pros!

Jeremysoundtrapicloudcom ,

Naive

Dave started out ok. Sadly now happy to peddle deliberate misinformation in support of a cause which has put the genuine cause of racial harmony back 40 years.

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