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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 Podcast John Chase

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

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 #48 - Moulton Avery - Cold Water Safety

    Paddling the Blue #48 - Moulton Avery - Cold Water Safety

    Today’s episode features one of the world’s most recognized advocates for cold water safety, Moulton Avery. Moulton will share how he got his start in the world of water safety, how we can keep ourselves safe, busts a few myths about cold water, and gives his best advice on how we can represent safe paddling to the paddling community.


    Enjoy today’s episode with Moulton!


    Learn:


    National Center for Cold Water Safety

    NCCWS Facebook page

    Video: Cold Shock, Swimming Failure, and Incapacitation

    Air and water temperature myths


    Connect:


    Contact Moulton


    Donate to the National Center for Cold Water Safety


     

    • 55 min
    Paddling the Blue #47 - Mike Stout - Five Times Across Lake Michigan Solo

    Paddling the Blue #47 - Mike Stout - Five Times Across Lake Michigan Solo

    Today’s episode takes us to my home waters of the Great Lakes. We will be talking with Mike Stout about his journey as a paddler leading to his unprecedented five crossings of Lake Michigan. 


    You'll find links below to Mike's trip write-ups for the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior crossings.


    Learn:


    The Northland Adventurer
    Lake Michigan 2016

    Lake Michigan 2020

    Lake Michigan June 10, 2021

    Lake Michigan June 27, 2021

    Lake Michigan July 13, 2021

    Lake Superior





    Connect:


    Contact Mike

    • 41 min
    Paddling the Blue #46 - Scott Baxter and Matt Kahabka - Citizen Science on Utah‘s Great Salt Lake

    Paddling the Blue #46 - Scott Baxter and Matt Kahabka - Citizen Science on Utah‘s Great Salt Lake

    Today’s episode will take a different approach, leaning toward how individuals can get involved with their paddling environments through Citizen Science. Today I’m talking with Scott Baxter and Matt Kahabka about their circumnavigation of Utah’s Great Salt Lake and why this trip was important.


    While you or I may not live near the Great Salt Lake, the opportunity we can all take away from this episode is that we can each make a difference in our home waters. If you’ve never heard of the term Citizen Science, it’s an opportunity where you can contribute to the scientific community without being a scientist yourself. As kayakers, we can often get to places that research vessels cannot, and the information we can collect on their behalf can make a difference. I encourage you to Citizenscience.gov or Google Citizen Science in your area.


    Learn more about the trip:


    Scott's post on the Strictly Sea Kayaking Facebook page


    Resources:


    Great Salt Lake Institute

    National Audubon Society-Saline Lakes

    Friends of Great Salt Lake

    • 44 min
    Paddling the Blue #45 - Susan Conrad - Kayaking the Sea of Dreams on the Inside Passage

    Paddling the Blue #45 - Susan Conrad - Kayaking the Sea of Dreams on the Inside Passage

    For today’s episode, I am joined by Susan Conrad and we’ll be talking about her love for the Inside Passage. Susan shares her story of her 2010 through-paddle, her preparation for the trip, and how paddling the Inside Passage became a truly life changing experience for her. 


    Enjoy today’s episode with Susan Conrad!


    Connect:


    susanmarieconrad.com


    Check out Susan's books:





     








    Resources:


    Kayaking the Inside Passage: A Paddler's Guide from Puget Sound, Washington, to Glacier Bay, Alaska


    Alone in the Passage: An Explorer's Guide to Sea Kayaking the Inside Passage


    The Ikkatsu Project


    Cape Decision Lighthouse on Kuiu Island


    North Sound Baykeeper

    • 48 min
    Paddling the Blue#44-Shaan Gresser-32 hours solo across the Bass Strait

    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!


    Learn:


    About the Bass Strait

    About the Audax Azure


    Connect:


    Email Shaan


     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Paddling the Blue#43-Dale WIlliams-Tackling big tides in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

    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.


    Learn:


    Akutan Island

    Fox Island Passes (including Unalga Pass)


    Connect:


    Sea Kayak USA

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

MNBass ,

Great show

Love it. It’s my favorite paddling podcast

Duane T ,

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.

willypaddles ,

Good content

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.

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