World Surf League’s Dave Prodan breaks things down with influential figures from all across the surf landscape. Hear their behind-the-scenes stories and unfiltered opinions to get a deeper sense of who they are and how they’ve influenced the sport and culture of surfing.
Alejandro Moreda - The Ultimate Surfer experience, Puerto Rico’s strong surf scene, Defining North Shore moments, QS adventures, Andy Irons, surfing for Billabong, the 2010 Rip Curl Search event, and Growing up on the “Hawaii of the East Coast”
The Ultimate Surfer competitor and Puerto Rican pro surfer Alejandro Moreda about his surfing origins, growing up on the “Hawaii of the East Coast,” charging big waves, and adjusting to small wave contests once he decided to leave and pursue the tour. He describes his early years on the Qualifying Series alongside Dylan Graves and Brian Toth, banding together around a dream, eventually signing on with Billabong, and earning his place on the North Shore. He looks back at the bittersweet 2010 Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico, his relationship with Andy Irons, and how the loss of AI changed him. Finally, he breaks down his time on The Ultimate Surfer, from the intense interview process to his time on set to what the show has meant for him and for the kids back home that are aspiring to be surfers.
Re-Air: Britt Merrick - Channel Islands origins, The weirdest board he’s ever shaped, Coping with tragedy, Carrying the torch, Working with pros, The future of surfboard shaping, Pro model boards, and Shark talk
Channel Island Lead Shaper Britt Merrick talks about carrying on the Channel Islands legacy, working with pro athletes, the most bizarre boards he ever shaped, surviving the pandemic, dealing with tragedy, sharks, and the CI team moving forward.
The Break Room - The Rip Curl WSL Finals recap (with pizza), Standouts from Lower Trestles, US Open highlights, The next generation of superstar women, The Challenger Series. Kelly Slater chairs, Listener mailbag, and A very fond farewell
In the all-new “Break Room” episode of the podcast, host Dave Prodan speaks with a panel of fellow WSL employees that work across the league. Get insights from inside headquarters on the title-deciding Rip Curl WSL Finals, the Challenger Series, and more. First, the crew revisits their predictions for the Finals, awards pizza to the winning team, chooses their standout performances, and shares stories of how the event went off from an employee’s perspective. They then recap the US Open of Surfing, assess the insane talent level on the Challenger Series, dive into the young generation of women who are shaking up the sport, and discuss whether or not any of the young talents could potentially turn down a spot on tour if they qualified this season. The Break Room says goodbye to longtime producer Ryan, who shares the podcast’s origin story, looks back at his favorite (and least favorite) episodes, and describes his experience working with Dave Prodan. Finally, they answer listener questions on a wide array of topics like who would chair Kelly Slater up the beach for his next win, drug testing on tour, The Ultimate Surfer, female surf coaches, a mysterious “voice doppelganger,” and more.
Courtney Conlogue - The US Open, Her comeback 2021 season, Waves of consequence on tour, Recovering from serious concussions, Strike mission to Tahiti, The effects of social media, and Her thoughts on the Rip Curl WSL Finals
Championship Tour star and Huntington Beach local Courtney Conlogue joins the podcast to talk about the US Open and her comeback 2021 season. The two-time US Open winner discusses the iconic event held in her hometown, how it holds a special place in her heart, and using her local knowledge to her advantage. She describes competing after taking a year off from surfing while recovering from three concussions in seven months, shares how revitalized she felt in Mexico when she clinched her spot on tour next year, and gives her thoughts on how the Rip Curl WSL Finals played out. She talks about waves of consequence on tour, the strike mission she took to Tahiti this year, surfing Pipeline with Carissa Moore and Keala Kennelly, and the importance of having a tour that challenges its athletes. Courtney also touches on the first board she ever bought, being in the spotlight at a young age, the effects social media has on today’s youth, and what she would have done if she didn’t pursue pro surfing.
BONUS: Gillette Venus presents the Board of Trust Seas: A discussion on women's pivotal role in ocean conservancy featuring Carissa Moore
2021 WSL World Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and ocean advocate Carissa Moore joins a panel of six women breaking barriers in ocean conservation. Carissa and the other guests discuss what the ocean means to them and the number one reason that motivates them to protect it, their experience in ocean health and the projects that they have worked on in ocean science, and mistakes in the industry that they’ve learned from. They dive deep into the importance for young women to have their own voice, their advice for young girls interested in this field, resources for parents to start their kids in practicing good eco-awareness, and a wide variety of tips and advice for people to get started in ocean sustainability. The Board of Trust-Seas panel was formed and sponsored by Gillette Venus. To get involved in ocean conservation today, sign and share the We Are One Ocean petition on weareoneocean.org.
BONUS: The Ultimate Surfer Post Show EP 5 - The Season Finale, Special guest Koa Smith, The ultra-competitive final, Tips from Kelly Slater, An exclusive interview with the two winners, and What the grand prize means for their careers
Cassie Randolph and Joe Turpel are joined by special guest Koa Smith to dive into the season finale of The Ultimate Surfer. They talk with Koa about his “hit list,” the unexpected and difficult Beach Battles throughout the season, getting thrown curve balls at every turn, and getting game-changing tips on riding the wave at Surf Ranch from Kelly Slater and Filipe Toledo. They break down the show’s impact on his career, the most memorable performances throughout the season, and the thrilling final surf off. To wrap up the season, Cassie and Joe interview the show’s two winners. They discuss what inspired them to apply for the show in the first place, their different strategies, finding the competitive edge throughout the season, the show-clinching Final performances, and what winning the $100,000 prize and three wildcard spots on the WSL Championship Tour means to them.
Love this podcast. Highly recommend to anyone, whether you’re a surfer or in the service industry, or looking to get into eating vegan. Super informative, everyone could enjoy this!
Dave does a great job interviewing. He asks the kind of questions that really help to get to know the surfer.
Ad for Roundup!?
Did I just hear an ad for Roundup on this podcast? Come on guys, if you are going to talk the talk, then please walk the walk. This stuff is seriously toxic for our world and our oceans. I’m disappointed.
Great podcast though and I hope you can find sponsors who align with a vision for cleaner oceans.