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EPISODE 56: DIRECTOR TODD JONES ON TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH'S FILM "ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD"
Teton Gravity Research's latest film, Andy Irons: Kissed by God, is bold in ways you might not expect for a documentary featuring the famously fearless three time world surf champion who died in 2010 at age 32. The documentary goes to a challenging space that many of the bravest in the extreme sports will not go - an open discussion of mental illness and opioid addiction with of its own. Todd Jones, the film's co-director and co-founder of TGR brings us into the three year journey of making the film and how the access and honesty the Irons family provided became a process of healing in itself. Andy Irons: Kissed by God will be in theaters nationwide on May 31st only. Find a theater near you: www.tetongravity.com/films/andy-iro…ed-by-god/tour
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EPISODE 55: BIG WAVE, BIG LOVE: WILL SKUDIN & JEN HANONO
Mavs, Nazare, Jaws. If it is huge and scary Will Skudin has surfed it. He's one of the elite on the WSL Big Wave World Tour. Will's performance and confidence out in the water is supported by his partner on land, Jenny Hanono. The couple join us in the studio to talk about a relationship around the world, on the water and how balance makes the difference with an extreme sports athlete.
EPISODE 54: BROOKLYN FISHING CLUB'S FOUNDER VICTOR LUCIA
Victor Lucia studied fishing culture in college and realized that the NYC fishing community was deep but disconnected. In response he launched Brooklyn Fishing Club in order to connect city anglers and help them get on top of fish. The club, now in the hundreds, has evolved into a take no prisoners crew who patrol the most unexpected fishing ground, like the East River and a lake in Central Park. We’ll talk about why the surf community and the fishing community have common cause here in New York City.
For live shows listen in on Tuesday Nights at 8PM on KPISS.FM
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EPISODE 53.5: LIVE COVERAGE OF THE CLIFBAR COLD SHOT CHALLENGE AT UNION POOL PRESENTED BY NYSEA
On a balmy May Tuesday at Union Pool in Brooklyn, the 2nd annual Clifbar Cold Shot Challenge awarded cash and prizes to the best photography taken from land, air and sea this winter. The contest started in freezing and dark January and ran through a procession of record size and conditions of blizzards, named winter storms, and Nor' Easters that pounded the the East Coast the first four months of 2018. All of these storms were tackled by core winter chargers and documenting them were hundreds of photographers from the Outer Banks to Maine. NYSEA Collective invited all to submit their nastiest and most beautiful to be posted online and judged by the public and professionals.
Guests: Will Skudin, Ryan Mack, Mike Nelson, Michael Weinstein, Josiah Ryan, Davina Grincevicius, Tredd Smith, Ty Smith
Winners of the Climber Cold Shot Challenge:
Air Division - Pat Nolan,
Land Division - Evan Conway,
Sea Division - Ryan Moore
EPISODE 52: JEREMY DEAN - ARTIST & WAVEMAGNET
Jeremy "Dingo" Dean literally grew up in the jungles of Peru. Born the the 2nd son of missionaries, Jeremy Dean recounts his upbringing, the culture shock of moving back to the US and has always had an outsider vantage point, which reflects in his art work. We sit down with Jeremy to discuss, his art, race, redlining, religion, and the state of the New York Surf Scene. We go deep in this episode. Sit back and listen to some knowledge being dropped by our guest this week.
EPISODE 51: BONZERS, SANDBARS, AND ART COLLABORATIONS W/ JOHNNY KNAPP
We know Johnny Knapp can shred a sandbar. We learned on the show what deep grasp the Brookhaven native has on Long Island shaper geneology and lore. The renaissance man brings us into the finer points of glide in the Bonzer shape, lessons in the "kiddy pool" of whitewash while surfing with dad as a kid, and taking the Bellport arts collective Auto-Body to the Bronx.
Music credits: Ryan Little; Johnny Knapp
Intro sound credit: Atlanta Arts Today.
EPISODE 50B: WHY NY/NJ SURFERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LOUISIANA WORKPLACE TRAGEDY
In October 2015 a natural gas compression plant in Gibson, Louisiana exploded killing 4 and badly hurting 2. Houma-Thibodaux Senior staff writer John DeSantis broke the story. We spoke on the phone about what happened at the Williams Company owned facility, which is currently applying to expand nat. gas capacity under NY Bay, the role of subcontractors, and why all this matter to surfers of the waters NY/NJ Bight.
EPISODE 50A: MOTHER AND SON LEARN TO SURF
Charlie turned 8 years old on a surfboard in Nosara, Costa Rica last week. His mom, Marta Maletz , joined him in a lesson when Charlie stood up for the first time. "Dancing on the board", in the words of the instructor. The Brooklyn son and mom duo bring us back to joys of learning how to surf and sing a long to Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling". If you are offended by silliness, this is not the episode for you.
EPISODE 49: THE MIND AND HEART OF JOE FALCONE
Rockaway native Joe Falcone is not afraid getting real when it comes to the surf scene at his local breaks. He unloaded unabashedly in a March New York Times article calling out bad etiquette in the line-up. We sat down with Joe to discuss early life in Rock, how he really feels about the way things have evolved on the peninsula, and some of the costs and benefits of not worrying about what people think of him. Also, we preview next week's interview with the reporter who covered the explosion at a Williams Company natural gas facility in Louisiana. Williams hopes to expand a pipeline under the Rockaways.
Music credits: Action Bronson; Soft and Furious
Opening segment: Rolling Stone Magazine
EPISODE 48: NYSEA'S CLIFBAR COLD SHOT CHALLENGE WITH JR JENSEN, MICHAEL SILVERSTEIN AND ETAN BLATT
The Long Beach based collective NYSEA's JR Jensen, Michael Silverstein and Etan Blatt bring us behind the scenes on The Clifbar Cold Shot Challenge. This photography contest has become THE destination for images from the frontlines of the blizzards and freezing conditions that produce the heaviest winter swells from Maine to OBX.
Photo credit: William Dey IV
EPISODE 47: BEFORE KELLY SLATER THERE WAS WAYNE LYNCH
Tyler's feature interview with Australian surf legend Wayne Lynch. It's a deep dive into the sport and Lynch's life: from when he gained international fame in the late '60s, to the health toll of shaping his coveted boards, and that one time when Lynch was MIA from his family on Christmas because of swell. Also on the show, a response from the gas industry read by aloud by Ben to last week's show with Surfrider Industry.
EPISODE 46: TWO VIEWS ON THE WILLIAMS TRANSCO NAT. GAS EXPANSION PROJECT
An underwater natural gas pipeline running from New Jersey into Rockaway, Queens is under review right now. The pipeline owner and operator Williams Transco declined come on-air to comment. We were happy however that Paul McCay, a spokesperson and researcher at Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, lent his voice on industry safety mechanisms and the reasons why pipelines are dependable and environmentally efficient. Noelle Picone of Surfrider Foundation returns to discuss why the pipeline is a safety hazard and a threat to the environment. This topic is relevant to us all: surfers, beach visitors and anybody who expects gas to come out of a stove or heat a boiler.
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EPISODE 45: SHAUN CRAWLY OF MOTTAI SURF
At age 13 Shaun Crowley was a competitive surfer in Ocean City, NJ. This path brought him to Trestles twice as N.S.S.A team member. We chat about his journey from groomhood to Rusty sponsorship to eventually to his current conquest of reinventing the board bag with his company Mottai. Shaun shares everything with us.
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EPISODE 44: SURF SPLENDOR'S DAVID LEE SCALES & THE ART OF SURF PODCASTING
For Surf Podcast fans, have you ever wondered who is the voice behind the The Surf Splendor Podcast? The tables get turned on the host of Surf Splendor, David Lee Scales, on our next episode. We had an opportunity to have a very long chat with Dave to discuss his origins story, the future of podcasting, the great Debate of 2018 between Chas Smith & Ashton Goggans, SPIT Podcast and much, much more. This is one episode you don’t want to miss!
EPISODE 43: BLACK SURFING ASSOCIATION'S TONY CORLEY & LOU HARRIS
In 1974 Tony Corley wrote an open letter to Surfer Magazine calling out fellow black surfers to represent and get to know each other. In response, he received warm support but also a racist threat. A year later he founded the Black Surfing Association which has been bringing black surfers together in celebration of waves in Central and Southern California for 43 years. Inspired by this work, Rockaway's Louis Harris started offering free surf lessons in 2016 to any kid who wanted to jump in. We talk about perceptions of who can and can't surf, the barriers of access to stoke, and the black surfing pioneer Nick Gabaldon, who paddled 12 miles across segregation barriers to ride Malibu.
Music credit: Boss Bass
EPISODE 42: BARBARIAN DAYS WITH BILL FINNEGAN
Co-host Tyler Breuer sat down with Pulitzer Prize Winner William Finnegan back in 2016 for a Surfrider Foundation fundraiser at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ. What took place was an intimate slide show and interview with the legendary surfer and writer in front of a live audience. While polite and cordial, Finnegan is not a subject to take likely. The man has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world. This conversation allowed Finnegan to expand on some of the stories and his thoughts on the process of making his book. Sit back and enjoy...
EPISODE 41: DYNAMO LAURA RUBIN
Laura arrived relatively late to surfing but when she did, she pretty much took over the world. Be it helping folks digitally detox through pen and paper or working to expand the reach of the non-profits Waves for Water and A Walk on Water, Laura Rubin has elevated the surf community to a more connected and socially engaged level. Tyler sits down with Laura in her East Village apartment to hear her story from cancer survivor to how a skunked day at Ditch Plains launched an unexpected career turn.
Check more of her work here: allswellcreative.com/pages/about
EPISODE 40: BODY WORKER GASTON OLSEN ON SURF INJURY RECOVERY & PREVENTION
Co-host Ben Pomeroy woke up one morning five months ago with burning pain up his left shoulder. He surfed through it but the pain remained, and soon learned he had herniated a disk. Massage and exercise therapist Gaston Robert Olsen discusses common surf injuries, courses of treatment, and the role of simple stretching before and after the water. Everybody with a hip, knee, neck and shoulder should tune in. It gets funny.
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EPISODE 39: THE UTTERLY UNIQUE STEVE WHITE
It's best to spare you insufficient descriptions of legendary waterman Steve White and simply share some of his life story and philosophy of surf and the water. He arrived to the show fresh from surfing around icebergs on the East End, and then proceeded to detail his life from a childhood encounter with Andy Warhol at candy store, all the way to surfing Pipe and thinking it was Rock Pile. After the mics went off he helped restore my energy from a neck injury. I wish there were many Steve Whites out there but there is only one and we got him for an hour in change. Enjoy.
Ryan Andersen " Until the End"
Tagirijus "Positive Vibes"
EPISODE 38: "THE SEARCH" WITH TOM CURREN & SONNY MILLER
In the first episode of Swell Season Surf Radio for 2018, we have a very special interview that was conducted in 2012. Co-Host, Tyler Breuer, had the fortunate opportunity to Interview Tom Curren and the late Sonny Miller in front of a live audience in 2012. The event was a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief and was truly a special evening. It is the only recorded interview with Tom and Sonny. It would also be their last interview together as Sonny had passed away a year later. This interview took place following the first ever theater screening of "Searching For Tom Curren" and the crowd was stoked! The Sound quality might not be the best but, the stories and anecdotes that are told are worth a listen.
Big thanks goes out to Waves for Water’s Jon Rose and Pilgrim Surf & Supplies Chris Gentile for organizing such an amazing night all those years ago. Sit back and enjoy…
EPISODE 37: 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW WITH LOCAL BOYS FRANCO RINALDI & PAUL BOEHLS
2017 was a wild year in surf culture. Everything from the Slater Wave Pools Coming out party to ground breaking performances at Jaws, and crazy Natural Disasters. 2017 was an eventful year. We were joined by sharp tongued and well intentioned local New York Surfers Franco Rinaldi and Paul Boehls to break down the best and worst moments of 2017. Sit back and enjoy the smack talk.
Music credit: REM, Weeknd, Death Cab for Cutie
EPISODE 36: LISA & MIKEY DETEMPLE - SURF + FASHION + MARRIAGE = HAPPY LIFE
Pro-long boarder Mikey DeTemple met his future wife at bar and immediately proceeded to pester her to get on a bus and meet him in Montauk. The rest is history. We chat about their love story, Mikey's journey from a career pro-long boarding to being sabotaged when trying to cross the Canadian boarder en route to film surf. Lisa talks about her career at The Real Real and living with a nomadic surfer.
EPISODE 35: PILGRIM SURF SUPPLY FOUNDER CHRIS "BUBBIE" GENTILE
Chris "Bubbie" Gentile founder of Pilgrim Surf & Supply discusses his passion for Brazilian 70s music and what happens when you pair musicians and surfers in the Maldives, Mexico and Iceland and let the sound waves dictate the storyline of his latest film. Tyler brings Chris back to the good ol' days of Mollusk when the Currens hung out and a scene emerged behind that power plant by Grand St. Ben reveals he has a common dream theme with Chris, and we remember Bruce Brown. If you surf in NYC this is must listen.
EPISODE 34: WOMEN SHOOT SURF
We Sit down and talk to the photographers behind the "Women Shoot Surf" Photo Show that is opening this week (12/7/17) at the June Bar in Bushwhack, Brooklyn. It's an all female show with a unique perspective on surfing. We talk to photographers Andreea Waters, Julia Briere, Liz Magee and Alexandra Uzik about their style of photography, the "Female Gaze" and how that lends itself to a different approach to than the mainstream surf photography. For those aspiring photographers this is a must listen episode. Enjoy...
EPISODE 33: MATT WARSAW NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Matt Warshaw is the humble keeper of The Encyclopedia of Surfing. He has devoted his life to preserving the historical account of surf culture and lore. He grew up as a Z-boy and even finished a respectable 43rd on the World Tour back in the early 80's. He became an editor at Surfer Magazine and wrote tons of books on surfing. He's smart, articulate and very thoughtful. Our conversation wanders from the from philosophical to the hard truths we face as surfers. His life's project, The Encyclopedia of Surfing (EOS), is a gift to surfers around the world. It's a knowledge base that all can draw from and find inspiration. Unfortunately, it can be expensive maintaining such megalith of a website, and Matt has found himself at a crossroads. He needs to raise $30K by the end of December or else the whole site will go away. All that incredible knowledge and content, will just disappear and the surf world will be lesser for it. So, we are asking all of our listeners to go and contribute or better yet, subscribe to the EOS for as little as $3 a month and help keep surf culture rich. You can go to encyclopediaofsurfing.com/subscribe/ to subscribe. This is definitely one of our most fun interviews and we hope you enjoy and are inspired to support a worthy cause. Enjoy...
Did a blur of bright color flash down an aggressive line as you paddled out? Was that a surfer or a superhero? Odds are it was fashion designer Thaddeus O'Neil in one of his customized surf suits. Thaddeus dresses to surf as a devote worshiper might adorn himself to enter a sacred space. We invited this fascinating man to share his connection with costume and the water. A journey that began with a Bruce Weber shoot at the age of 5 to present day Vogue features and shows at New York Fashion Week. Thaddeus is polite with a good sense of humor. We had a blast chatting with him on this episode. Enjoy...
EPISODE 31: CHRISTOPHER "DORADO" GABY IS AS NEW YORK AS YOU CAN GET
Christopher "Dorado" Gaby is as New York as they come. Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, grew up surfing in the Rocks when you would worry whether your car would still be there when you got back. He's a FDNY Captain, did time down at the pit after 9/11, and now does a yearly pilgrimage to G-land. Not many other surfers can claim the cred as our guest, Dorado. He's opinionated, smart, thoughtful and by far, one of our most interesting guests. This is a must listen to show for anyone who claims to surf in NY. Enjoy...
EPISODE 30: THE ICE CREAM HEADACHES BOOK PROJECT WITH ED THOMPSON & JULIEN ROUBINET
Ice-cream Headaches first came to my attention when I was approached by both Ed Thompson an Julien Roubinet about interviewing and photographing me, Tyler Breuer for their book on NY surfing. At first I thought, "Oh boy... Another NY Surfing project..." It wasn't until after meeting and spending some time with both Ed and Julien that I realized the depth of their project. Ed, is a wonderful writer and interviewer. He really knows what questions to ask and is not intimidated when he needs to press his subjects. Julien, I've always known as a good photographer, but when he came to shoot me for the book, his skill, direction and detail impressed me. As the images have dripped out during the process of making this book, the more impressed I came with Julien's variety and skill. He can shoot a beautiful portrait and from 32 degree water. I had a great opportunity to discuss their story and the stories that make up their book project "Ice Cream Headaches." The book is comprised of in-depth interviews and incredible photography of a wide cast of characters that make up the NY/NJ Surf scene. The two are currently in the middle of their Indiegogo Fundraiser to help publish the book. The two open up in this interview about the challenges and great time that went into this labor of love. Sit back and enjoy the show.
- Tyler Breuer
Both Ben and I are very enthusiastic about this project and Swell Season Surf Radio endorses their Indiegogo efforts. We recommend you do too. Go to their Indiegogo page and support great local projects like this.
EPISODE 29: LOCALS ONLY SHOW - MIKE AND MIKE OF LOCALS SURF SCHOOL
Both Michael Reinhardt & Michael Koloyan grew up surfing the sand banks of Rockaway Beach and are most known for their thriving business, "Locals Surf School." Both are strong goofy footers with with a unique perspective on the evolution of their home town over the years. The two are also notoriously known for their carefree attitude and sense of humor. This episode the two open up about the local scene, rumors, where to get the best slice, and whether Mike K ever dated a student. This and so much more... Give it a listen and enjoy.
EPISODE 28: THE LONDON SURF FILM FESTIVAL EDITION - LSFF FOUNDER CHRIS NELSON AND BRUCE SUTHERLAND OF THE STORMRIDER GUIDE BOOKS
In this Episode, Co-Host Tyler Breuer happened to be in London for the Final evening of the London Surf Film Festival where he sits down and has a conversation with Chris Nelson, Co-Founder of the LSFF and Bruce Sutherland, Founder and Editor of the Stormrider Guide Books. Fascinating conversations on topics from the state of surf film, to the state of the surf industry and much much more... Enjoy the show.
EPISODE 27: ROCKAVILLA CREW IN DA HOUSE
This Weeks Guests is an all female group from the Rockavilla Crew: Keva Niver Ademuyiwa, Ruth Mamril, Sonny Senthavong, Cecilia Ciamaga and Amy Febinger. On this episode we discuss Who Surf's it better: Kassia Meadow or Sally Fitzgibbon, Why women get the shaft in the surf industry, sexism in the lineup, love and surfing and is it ever ok to date a SUPer? This is and so much more... Give us a listen. Don't forget to like us on Instagram @swellseasonsurf and rate our show on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Soundcloud.
EPISODE 26: THE ART OF SCORING WITH ETAN BLATT & JASON BELSKY
Etan Blatt and Jason Belsky are an unlikely duo. One loves to swim in the water to get the shot, the other is a landlubber who shoots from the sky above with his drone. One is quiet and stoic and the other is charismatic and gregarious. Together, these two create magic with their footage. This weeks show recounts the month of scoring and... not scoring. Both of these men are extremely talented and hard workers who go out of their way to get the shot. The stories they tell are legendary and we get a taste during this episode. Enjoy...
Episode: Heroes & Beauties with Taylor Steele & Richard Phillips
In this episode, we sit down and chat with iconic surf filmmaker Taylor Steele and renowned artist Richard Phillips about their work, and the cross sections between their passion and their work. "Richard Phillips was born in 1962 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He received his B.F.A. in 1984 from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and his M.F.A. in 1986 from Yale University of Art, Connecticut. He has an insanely long list of art exhibits to his name that is too long to post here. He's an avid surfer that lives in NYC with a healthy collection of boards,. His current board de jour is a 6'8 Josh Hall Long Fish twin keel set up.
"Taylor Steele has been involved in the surf film industry for over two decades. He has won awards as both director and producer. His production company, Poor Specimen, has launched the careers of some of surfing’s most influential figures and has played a role in the success of bands such as Blink-182, Pennywise, and Jack Johnson, who were introduced in Steele's early movies." - Wikipedia. Taylor Steele, AKA Shane Barbara, The man that set the soundtrack to surf youths of the 90's and has held dominance in the surf film market since 1992! He was one of the few who had an all access pass to the Momentum Generation for all of films and has continued to evolve as a filmmaker and creative person.
Upcoming events by Changing Tides Foundation. Give them a look: https://www.changingtidesfoundation.org
Episode: Hurricane Fever - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
After an incredible run of 40 days and 40 nights of surf in New York from multiple hurricanes, we explore some of the causes, consequences and gifts from these powerful storms. Travis Moore is the founder of SASS Global Travel and runs his business from Puerto Rico. We get a first hand account of life after Maria in Puerto Rico with Travis. Dr. Edmund Chang is a leading climate scientist in the US and he breaks down how climate change might affect the frequency of Hurricanes and change surf breaks. Jon Rose is no stranger to danger and has dedicated his life to disaster relief and bringing potable water to those in need. Normally, he arrives after the disaster occurs. This time, he found himself right in the path of Hurricane Maria on the island of St. Croix. We catch up with Jon and hear how the recovery efforts are going. Finishing out the show, we discuss some of the epic surfing that went down over the past month. Enjoy the show... Links to donate and help with Hurricane Relief are here: https://www.fundraise.com/puertoricodistasterrelief & http://www.wavesforwater.org/project/hurricaneirmareliefinitiative
Nunez Sisters Survive Irma & New York Gets The Groundswell
It's an odd thing for surfers to enjoy the bliss of local groundswell while watching from afar the havoc that same storm drops upon another state. This week we hear two sides of Hurricane Irma. Alex and Danielle Nunez call in from a car speakerphone to share their experiences surviving the storm in South Florida where they have been without power and running water for a few days. Later in the show, I give a snap shot of that same storm's reach in New York which inspired any local with a board to use the word 'epic' and 'perfect'.
Episode: Mitch & Ravi of September Surf Cafe and Shaper Studio Montreal
I walked into a cafe in Montreal and discovered a shaping bay in the back. Needing to know more what this was doing here in this city hundreds of miles away from the ocean, I dropped my card off with the barista. A month later September Surf Cafe's partners Mitch Martin and Ravi Handa dropped into the Swell Season studio in Bushwick. We talked about the standing wave in Montreal, launching a cafe next to one of the best restaurants in North America, and surfing Rockaway for the first time.
Photo credit: Logan Mackay for the "The Main"
Episode: Guest Hosts Tyler Breuer and Fynn Sloyen Talk Surf Politics
In the latest Swell Season Episode, Guest hosted by Tyler Breuer & Fynn Sloyen: -Painters & Dockers: Reminiscing of old surf movie soundtracks. -Chas Smith's Birthday -Beachgrit gets Breitbart/WSL controversy and Derek Rieley quotes Richard Kenvin quoting him. -Gabriel Medina is Fynn's favorite Dark Knight -Instagramer's are the new Surfing Historians preserving surf culture for the masses. - Top Favorite Surf Films of All time
Victor Lucia (on left) studied fishing culture in college and realized that the NYC fishing community was deep but disconnected. In response he launched Brooklyn Fishing Club in order to connect city anglers and help them get on top of fish. The club, now in the hundreds, has evolved into a take no prisoners crew who patrol the most unexpected fishing ground, like the East River and a lake in Central Park. We’ll talk about why the surf community and the fishing community have common cause here in New York City.
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