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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thoughtful Storytelling - about community and resilience
One of the most well constructed narratives, regarding the Malibu fires, the people that have endured and continue to endure a generational challenges.
Ode to CA coast
So good. Fascinating. Thoughtfully made. Suspenseful. A reminder of the importance of community