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#44-Shaan Gresser-32 hours solo across the Bass Strait
For today’s episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Shaan Gresser. Shaan shares her story of her quest to become the first woman to complete a non-stop solo of the Bass Strait and the amazing way she prepared for the 32-hour journey. Shaan delivers some great, practical advice for anyone planning a trip of any size.
Enjoy today’s episode with Shaan Gresser!
About the Bass Strait
About the Audax Azure
Paddling the Blue#43-Dale WIlliams-Tackling big tides in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands
In this episode, I am joined today by Dale Williams where we’ll talk about tackling the Unalga tide race, one of the fiercest tide races in Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain.
Fox Island Passes (including Unalga Pass)
Sea Kayak USA
Paddling the Blue #42 - Jon Turk - Exploring with the Shaman, Hunter, and Tundra
Today I am joined today by Jon Turk. Jon is one of the world’s greatest living adventurers with an incredible resume of some of the most hardcore expeditions through the Arctic and beyond. Jon shares some stories from a few of his experiences and the path he took many years ago to find his personal power to fuel his adventures.
Enjoy today’s episode with Jon Turk!
Paddling the Blue #41-Simon Osborne-Meeting the Paddling Monk in South Korea
This episode features Simon Osborne. In this interview, we will talk about Simon’s experience, along with Marin Medak, paddling in South Korea, and all the uniqueness that comes with paddling in that part of the world. We’ll also touch on his expedition to Madagascar and his latest project, Online Sea Kayaking.
Online Sea Kayaking
Online Sea Kayaking (Facebook)
I've had several questions about the pan Simon mentioned in his interview. Here it is:
Paddling the Blue #40 - Bonnie Perry - Passion beyond the paddle
Today we hear from Bonnie Perry. Bonnie is a special person to me as she was one of the first people who really welcomed me into the paddling community. Bonnie always brings the fun and an infectious laugh to any paddling environment.
She is a very insightful coach, shaped in part by her unique day job as the Episcopal Bishop of Michigan, which comes in handy as she experienced on more than one paddle, one of which she describes in today’s talk. In this episode, she shares how paddling inspires her and how she accepted the generosity of others to reach her best.
This was my first remote interview and kind of exciting for me personally to be able to take the show on the road. We did this one at about 11:30 pm on the patio of a rented house at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium in Wisconsin. For a first remote, I think it turned out great. I’m looking forward to taking the show on the road more.
Enjoy today’s episode with Bonnie!
Shetland Canoe Club
Bonnie Perry Paddling (Facebook)
Paddling the Blue #39-Jaime Sharp-Ice, Bears, and Beauty in Svalbard
In this episode, Jaime Sharp shares the amazing story of his team’s circumnavigation of the Svalbard archipelago. The team included himself, Tara Mulvany, and PG Porsanger. This is a proper adventure full of incredible beauty, despite the environment and animals doing their best to try to kill you. Today’s episode is longer than most, but it’s a truly engaging story and well worth the time.
Jaime is a referral from another guest, James Manke. We heard James’s story about paddling the Grand Canyon, which he did with Jaime, in episode #36. Thank you James for making the connection!
Enjoy today’s episode with Jaime!
Paddling the Cold Edge trailer (Vimeo)
Ice Bears and Islands blog
Love it. It’s my favorite paddling podcast
Great Surprise and Inspiring
A while back, I searched, looking for a podcast that focused on kayaking and was disappointed. Recently on a Facebook kayak page, someone posted a link to John’s podcast “Paddling the Blue”. What a surprise. Great guest interviews and fantastic storytelling. The podcast is not only educational, but the style comes across both passionate and authentically professional. For me the bonus was the fact that it was broadcasted from the Great Lakes area, where I currently live. I immediately recognized the names of some of the guests and have made my way through almost all of the episodes. Looking forward to more. I recently started back kayaking in the Chicago area after a very long pause due to work and looking forward to planning some long trips starting here in the Midwest before summer’s end. So this podcast was timely for me and very inspiring to take things up a notch. Keep up the great work John.
There are only two episodes at the time I’m writing this review but so far I have been impressed with the quality of the interviews and the names interviewed. I have really enjoyed learning more about two of my paddling hero’s not just about their gear and the food choices. Great work keep it up cant wait for episode 3.