346 episodes

As a professional big wave surfer and writer, Kyle Thiermann is a conduit between athletes and intellectuals. If you're new here, try starting with #96 Albee Layer, #139 Matt Taibbi, #157 Peter Attia, #206 Chris Ryan, #216 Rick Hanson, #233 Steve Rinella, or #340 Mark Healey.

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As a professional big wave surfer and writer, Kyle Thiermann is a conduit between athletes and intellectuals. If you're new here, try starting with #96 Albee Layer, #139 Matt Taibbi, #157 Peter Attia, #206 Chris Ryan, #216 Rick Hanson, #233 Steve Rinella, or #340 Mark Healey.

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    #354 - Shawn Lopez Interviews Me

    #354 - Shawn Lopez Interviews Me

    Shawn Lopez is a Maui-based big wave surfer, hunter, solar energy enthusiast and host of the Buoy Report podcast. In this podcast, Shawn interviews me about my thoughts on creativity, advertising, external rewards, my journal process, respect, faith, embarrassment, and, of course, surfing. Check out Shawn getting ridiculously barreled here. If you dig this podcast, will you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests on the show. I read them all. You can join my newsletter on Substack. 





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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #353 The Comedy Writing Process - Orion Levine

    #353 The Comedy Writing Process - Orion Levine

    Orion Levine is a weapon. The kind of terse comedy writer who will likely read through this bio line by line and remove all of the unnecessary, bloated, run-on blather with a red marker. I first saw Orion perform a few years back and was amazed by the exactness of his craft. So few words. Such big laughs. In this podcast, we talk about his comedy writing process, habits, routines, and the parallels between open mics and surfing. Orion has appeared on the Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central, was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2022, appeared at New York Comedy Festival, and on Netflix Radio. Now he performs all over the Country. Follow him on Instagram and find his upcoming shows here. If you dig this podcast, will you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests on the show. I read them all. You can join my newsletter on Substack. 


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    #352 How to Make Ideas Famous - Steven Preisman

    #352 How to Make Ideas Famous - Steven Preisman

    Steven Preisman is a Creative Director at Humanaut Brand Invention Agency, and this episode is about how to come up with a shit load of ideas fast. Steven is known in the ad world for delivering the Liquid Death Tony Hawk blood board stunt, where the pro skater dripped his blood onto a deck and sold it at auction. We also talked about Steven’s criteria for what makes ideas spread, word association games, and why he rarely looks to advertising for inspiration. If you dig this episode and want more like it, check out these gems: #327  Charlie Hart, #317 - Scott Norton, #299 - Dersu Rhodes. And scope Steven’s work here. He’s very impressive… for a Canadian.
    If you dig this podcast, will you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests on the show. You can join my newsletter on Substack. It’s glorious. This episode is brought to you by Claude Copywriting Agency---An out of the box way to inbox.






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    • 1 hr 37 min
    #351 Power of Habit & Supercommunicators - Charles Duhigg

    #351 Power of Habit & Supercommunicators - Charles Duhigg

    Charles Duhigg. The man. The myth. The big idea guy. The dude writes books, maybe you’ve read them. The Power of Habit spent over three years on New York Times bestseller lists. His second book, Smarter Faster Better, was also a New York Times bestseller. And his latest, which just hit the shelves, is titled Supercommunicators. Turns out ol’ Charles also lives in my hometown of Santa Cruz, California, and the dude surfs! Who would’ve thunk? This pod was under an hour, and we covered a lot: the writing process, breakthrough communication skills, and, of course, surfing.
    If you dig this podcast, will you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests on the show. You can join my newsletter on Substack. It’s glorious. This episode is brought to you by Claude Copywriting Agency---An out of the box way to inbox.

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    • 54 min
    #350 The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness - Rick Hanson Ph.D. (Repost)

    #350 The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness - Rick Hanson Ph.D. (Repost)

    Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and buddy of mine. He’s a wonderful and (sane) blend of science and spirituality and often writes writes about the intersection between the two. His books include Making Great Relationships, Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, Buddha’s Brain, and Mother Nurture—with over a million copies in English alone. This podcast was first released over Covid—whew, remember those dark days—and it's still one of my favorites, so I figured I'd bump it back to the top of your feed so your ears can luxuriate in all of the wisdom that is Rick Hanson, Ph.D. one more time. Get Rick’s newsletter.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #349 Men’s Work, Overthinking, & Giving Feedback - Shems Hartwell

    #349 Men’s Work, Overthinking, & Giving Feedback - Shems Hartwell

    I’ve known Shems Hartwell for a while now. A relationship coach, foil surfer, and long hugger, he’s a guy I could easily see myself rolling my eyes at if it were not for his authenticity. Even the word “authenticity” feels like it’s circling the drain of descriptors these days. It’s always the carefully curated posers who love to share their “authentic” selves with the world. And in this podcast, we get into it. The phenomenon of men who commodify their vulnerability to achieve status, sharing just enough to be cheered on for their bravery while never letting the truly risky parts of themselves show. Real authenticity means a willingness to fail. And Shems is willing to fail. He creates a safe container for other men to fail too. For lots of dudes, the pressures of careers and mortgages and relationships are enough to snap the spine, and this is where true terror lies. Women say they want a vulnerable man, but they also don’t want a loser. This tightrope walk leaves men shakily standing on a high wire, looking thousands of feet below—Jocko Willink to one side, liberal cucks to the other. Shems is the net. (Did that metaphor make sense? Meh, I’m keeping it.) He’s is leading a men’s retreat in Nicaragua in a couple of months. There will be surfing. If this seems like your jam, check it out and more of his work here. If you like this episode and want more, check out Episode #121 or Episode #148.
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
487 Ratings

487 Ratings

Kimberly Gamble ,

Great conversations

I love the range of topics and people and Kyle’s contagious curiosity. He has a knack for getting under the hood in a variety of fields, especially communication and sports. The podcasts are very entertaining and provide great food for thought.

Grumpycalcstudent ,

Intriguing, Inspiring, Enjoyable

Just came across this podcast, and my rainy-day road trip from SC Mountains to Santa Barbara flew by today as I was engrossed in Kyle’s conversations with Kohl Christensen and Mark Healey. Thiermann’s insightful questions and comments were matched by the quality of the guests and their own ideas, insights and stories. Every minute listening felt worthwhile. I appreciate the thoughtful intelligence and curiosity Thiermann brings to each conversation. I’ve listened to a total of four episodes now within less than 24 hours of discovering the podcast and am ready to start another. Great way to expand and entertain my mind while doing other activities that don’t require a lot of thought (such as driving for 4.5 hours!)

guyinhammock ,

Smart, Funny, Surprising

KT is always on the hunt for interesting guests who bring a new perspective to life. Surfers, hunters, environmentalists, writers, sex therapists, deep thinkers, deep divers … he finds them all, and he charms the best out of them.

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