8 episodes

Season One: The Point Dume Bombers

On the night of the Woolsey Fire, no one could have imagined where they’d be today–they couldn't think much past survival. It was life or death. But in the days and years that followed what this unlikely band of surfers pioneered could have global consequences. When emergency first responders were overwhelmed by Los Angeles County’s most destructive fire, these neighbors and friends stepped up to defend their home turf in Point Dume, Malibu. Their devotion to home drove them to show up for their community in ways no one expected-not even them.

Sandcastles is a podcast about home, how we create it, and why we fight so hard for it. Hosted by Adriana Cargill.
Learn more at wavemakermedia.org

Sandcastles Wave Maker Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 117 Ratings

Season One: The Point Dume Bombers

On the night of the Woolsey Fire, no one could have imagined where they’d be today–they couldn't think much past survival. It was life or death. But in the days and years that followed what this unlikely band of surfers pioneered could have global consequences. When emergency first responders were overwhelmed by Los Angeles County’s most destructive fire, these neighbors and friends stepped up to defend their home turf in Point Dume, Malibu. Their devotion to home drove them to show up for their community in ways no one expected-not even them.

Sandcastles is a podcast about home, how we create it, and why we fight so hard for it. Hosted by Adriana Cargill.
Learn more at wavemakermedia.org

    Trailer: Season 1

    Trailer: Season 1

    This is Sandcastles, a podcast about home, how we create it, and why we fight so hard for it. The first season follows a misfit group of surfers who fight tooth and nail to protect their home against the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles. Dubbed The Point Dume Bombers, they made it all up as they went, but their efforts are now the basis for a new model of community resilience in the face of ever-worsening wildfires.

    • 2 min
    EP1: Castles Crumble

    EP1: Castles Crumble

    Loss, hope, and resilience in the face of one of nature's most terrifying forces: wildfire. We meet a group of surfers called the Point Dume Bombers who stayed in Malibu during the 2018 Woolsey Fire and find out how they survived the most destructive fire in Los Angeles County history. 

    • 51 min
    EP2: This Kingdom is Mine

    EP2: This Kingdom is Mine

    Why do people stay during wildfires and how did the Wild West culture shape the people who live on this hilly, chaparral-covered coastline? A history of Malibu, the evolution of surf localism, and the genesis of the Point Dume Bombers. We meet the obstinate Queen of Malibu whose determination and love of land shaped the culture of one of the best surf spots in the world.

    • 54 min
    EP3: Under Siege

    EP3: Under Siege

    Hear the motley new generation of Point Dume Bombers in action as they race to put out hot spots, save homes, get essential supplies through roadblocks, and so much more. They did it all on the fly, but their efforts have inspired a new model of community resilience in the face of ever-worsening wildfires.

    • 54 min
    EP4: Under Siege Part 2

    EP4: Under Siege Part 2

    When Point Dume Bombers are pushed to their limits, will they survive the test? Part 2 of the Under Siege episode chronicles life in the harrowing aftermath of the Woolsey Fire.

    • 53 min
    EP5: Community Brigade

    EP5: Community Brigade

    One of the Point Dume Bombers who lost his home in the Woolsey Fire uses his pain and loss as fuel for action. He embarks on a quest to change the way we live with wildfire. The LA County Fire Department, Malibu City Council members, everyday citizens, and other fire brigades in Malibu join his quest to create a new model of community resilience. Five years later, his relentless drive might just payoff: the Community Brigade Pilot Program is ever so close to becoming a reality.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Roberto Patiño ,

Great work!

Great storytelling linking crucial issues such as belonging to a community of people, specific places and our relationship with the planet. Adriana is an amazing host! Highly recommended!

sarahkay10 ,

Excellent Storytelling

While keeping the listener interested with well edited suspense, the storytelling and representation of the strength in community is absolute perfection.

Bugs in the update? ,

One of the best stories of resilience around!

Despite the devastation that a wildfire can bring to any community, Adriana brings us a story of resilience and hope. And community and “home”. Worth every minute of every episode! Would give it more stars if I could!

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