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Beyond the Ocean
28 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Beyond the Ocean #16 - Bruce Quay
Beyond the Ocean returns with Episode 16 with Bruce Quay, the COO of Aquatic Development Group (ADG), the team behind EpicSurf. Quay discusses the path that led him to become COO of a water park design and wave manufacturing company, as well as ADG’s extensive background in the industry, getting people outside and into water sports; and explains how EpicSurf and stationary surf waves will create a more inclusive surf experience at surf parks and other adventure parks. In this episode, Quay also discusses Play Surf Ride, ADG’s concept for water-based adventure parks that incorporate everything from recreational water play and waves, to surf pools, to dry-park adventures, that provide a complete family experience. He also discusses their history with the FlowRider system and how some of ADG’s initiatives will create more surfing opportunities sooner than later.
74 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Beyond the Ocean #15 - Dr. Mike Roberts
In this very special episode, we’re joined by co-host and Co-Founder of Surf Park Central, Dr. Jess Ponting. Jess is also a Professor of Sustainable Surf Tourism at San Diego State, and the Co-Founder of Stoke, a sustainability certification organization. This episode will be the first of a variety from our INSIDER series, featuring long-form expert interviews conducted by Jess along with industry leaders and change-makers. In today’s episode, Jess is joined by a friend and colleague, Dr. Mike Roberts Professor of Sociology, to discuss the evolution of surfing culture in the context of surf pools. Waves of Simulation: Arguing authenticity in an era of surfing the hyperreal. The third generation of surf parks have had an enormous impact on surf culture since they came online in 2015. Surfing culture has always been underpinned by romantic notions of nature and the surfer’s relationship to it, but now perfect waves have been decoupled from nature and entered the realm of the hyperreal. This episode explores what it all means for surf culture. Dr. Jess Ponting and Dr. Michael Roberts invoke theorists Jean Baudrillard and Walter Benjamin in a riveting conversation about surf parks and their impacts and implications for surfing and surf culture.
43 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Beyond the Ocean #14 - - Damon Tudor, CEO of URBNSURF
On this episode of the Beyond the Ocean podcast we’re joined by Damon Tudor. Damon is the CEO of URBNSURF and joined the business at the start of 2019. Having successfully led the completion and launch of URBNSURF Melbourne, the group has now commenced construction on its second location in Sydney. An experienced CEO and General Manager, Damon has spent over 25 years in a range of consumer-focused industries across goods and services, delivering several transformation projects, holding key executive roles with African & Eastern Middle East (as part of AB Inbev), Nakheel Middle East and NRMA in Australia. Damon and our host, Chris Kluesener, talk about the uniqueness of the URBNSURF experience and URBNSURF’s new Sydney location. They also dig into lessons that Damon has learned and best practices for surf park operators. This is a great conversation with one of the leading surf park operators. At Surf Park Summit 2021 this year, URBNSURF took home three of the six awards in the first-ever Surf Park Awards, voted on by consumers.
38 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #13 - Matt Hyslop
On this episode of the Beyond the Ocean podcast we’re joined by Matthew Hyslop, Associate Director of the Destination Consulting Group at Colliers, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms. Matthew helps create successful destinations by consulting owners, developers, investors and operators of visitor-facing businesses. He has worked in the surf park industry for many years, most notably with the Surf Snowdonia project in the U.K. Surf Snowdonia is the world's first inland surf lagoon, located at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, and is powered by Wavegarden's Lagoon technology.
54 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #12 - Shaun Tomson
On this episode of the Beyond the Ocean podcast we’re joined by surfing legend, former world champion, environmentalist, and motivational speaker Shaun Tomson. The keynote speaker of Surf Park Summit 2021, Shaun Tomson, was the keynote speaker of the first-ever Surf Park Summit in 2013. In this episode of Beyond the Ocean, he and our host, Chris Kluesener, talk about the surfing revolution, the “surfer’s code”, the future of surf parks, and the importance of sustainability and safety. This is a conversation with one of the surfing greats that you don’t want to miss.
57 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #11 - Bryan Dickerson
54 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #10 - Sunshine Makarow
We’re back with Beyond the Ocean podcast with Sunshine Makarow, a former member of the US Surf Team, WSA Women’s West Coast Champion, and Founder of Surf Life for Women magazine. Sunshine sits down with host, Chris Kluesener, to discuss her unique focus on surf training, development, and progression from a pro level. Sunshine, as a former professional surfing athlete, has spent more time than most on training and coaching in surfing to improve her paddling, turns, and even her mental game in the water. This episode gets into the fun details about how surf park operators and developers can consider the impact of coaching for guests, including the unique needs of female guests who may have varied preferences from traditionally male surfing consumers.
31 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #9 - Fred Hemmings
On this episode of Beyond the Ocean we are joined by Fred Hemmings, a living surfing legend deemed the "Father of Professional Surfing" and co-founder of the World Surf League. Fred and Beyond the Ocean host, Chris Kluesener, take a trip through the history of surf culture as they look towards the future growth of the culture with regard to the impact brought by surf parks. Fred offers his first-hand accounts and behind the scene insights of iconic and defining surf culture moments as he draws comparisons and differences to what he sees happening now with the rapid development of human-made waves.
46 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #8 - Shane Beschen
Shane Beschen, former professional surfer and surf park entrepreneur, sits down with Surf Park Central’s Chris Kluesener and Jess Ponting to chat surf parks. Shane provides insight into Wai Kai, an upcoming surf park he is helping to develop in Hawaii that features Citywave technology. Shane also shares more about another new development that he is involved in, RevelSurf, located in Mesa, AZ, which uses Swell MFG technology. It's exciting to see how quickly these projects are moving, and the unique new locations such as Arizona!
44 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #7 - Ross Hale
Beyond the Ocean podcast is back after a short, snowboarding-rich hiatus with Episode 7, featuring Ross Hale. Ross is a technology leader, coder, and lifelong surfer with creative and thoughtful ideas on how digital can help shape the future of surf parks. About Ross: A veteran technologist with more than 15 years of experience, including multiple CTO positions, Ross has worked in both high-growth venture-backed startups and in partnerships with major enterprise companies. Before founding Artium, he helped take Pivotal from startup to IPO and ran multiple Pivotal Labs regions, including its flagship office in San Francisco. He is currently based out of Santa Monica, CA where he lives and surfs with his wife and two children. Website and LinkedIn page
39 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Beyond the Ocean #6 - Patti Paniccia
We're back with Beyond the Ocean joined by Patti Paniccia (pa-nee’-cha), Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. Patti joins us to share insights on the history of surfing and gender discrimination to help inform the next (and more inclusive) generation of surfing in surf parks. Patti was one of the top-ranked surfers during the 70s and early 80s, and was one of six women who competed on the first women’s world pro tour in 1976. She is a co-founder of pro-surfing, working as Director of the Women’s Division, alongside Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick, to launch International Professional Surfing (IPS) which was a precursor to ASP and today’s WSL. A former CNN correspondent, Patti is also an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu where she teaches First Amendment Law, Employment Discrimination, and Gender and the Law. To learn more about the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center head to www.shacc.org
35 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Beyond the Ocean #5 - Paul Chutter
Paul Chutter is the Chief Commercial Officers at Whitewater West, and serves on the executive team. He oversees WhiteWater’s global business development efforts and functions, including Sales, Marketing, and Pre-Contract groups, as well as Corporate Development. As co-founder and President of Endless Surf, Paul has been a key player in the development, launch, and rapid growth of the surf park brand within the past year. Launched in May 2020, Endless Surf brings the next generation of inland surf experiences to the world. With its proven and reliable pneumatic wave technology, paired with the brightest, most innovative minds in the industry, Endless Surf offers the most efficiently designed surf pool on the market that provides surf parks with unrivaled return on investment opportunities. www.endlesssurf.com.
49 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Beyond the Ocean #4 - Randy Rarick
We're back with Beyond the Ocean featuring Randy Rarick, CoFounder of the World Surf League (WSL)! Randy Served as Executive Director of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for 38 years, and has run more professional surfing contests than nearly anyone on the planet. Randy Rarick has been involved with the surf industry and surf parks for over 60 years. Sometimes referred to as the “Forest Gump of Surfing”, he has witnessed or had a hand in nearly every major cultural shift in the sport over the past five decades. Hawaii State Surfing Champion, World Title contestant, shaper, contest promoter, world traveler. In 1975 he co-founded the World Pro Tour (WSL), was Executive Director of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and produced every event on the North Shore, for thirty-eight years, before retirement in 2015. Produced the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction for ten years and is consultant to various vintage auctions on both the West and East coasts. Considered one of the best surfboard historians and restoration specialists in the World. Has traveled extensively to over 170 countries and surfed in over 60 of them. Resides at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu and still surfs on a daily basis.
43 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Beyond the Ocean #3 - Tony Finn
Episode 3 is ACTION PACKED with Tony Finn, one of the original inventors of wakeboarding, co-founder of Liquid Force Wakeboards, surf park consultant to BSR Surf Resort, and exclusive North American leader for UNIT Surf Pools. About Tony:Tony Finn is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and successful Action Sports Executives of the last three decades. Tony was instrumental in getting the sport of wakeboarding off the ground and traveled around the globe multiple times promoting the sport. He has had a remarkable career promoting the sport he developed across varying brands and platforms and has successfully integrated into multiple ownership groups. He was an ESPN announcer for many years and did the X Games, Gravity Games, Hot Summer Nights and multiple other shows. He has developed multiple brands, unique marketing strategies, produced and broadcasted events, and has managed multiple acquisitions and mergers. He is renowned for the outstanding work he has done for the sport of wakeboarding as the Founder of Liquid Force Wakeboards and is now an avid member and contributor to the Surf Park community as the US Distributor for UNIT Surf Pools. His background includes: Founder, Skurfer; Co-Founder, Liquid Force Wakeboards; General Manager, Arbor Snowboards; Sales and Marketing Consultant, BSR Surf Resort; Board Member, WSIA; Advisory Board Member, Sales and Marketing Consultant Events.com, Board Member, San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI); Co-Founder, UNIT Surf Pools North America.
49 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Beyond the Ocean #2 - Ian "Kanga" Cairns
We're back with our next episode, featuring Ian "Kanga" Cairns who is a former champion professional surfer, expert coach, and professional contest director. Ian has toured many of the leading surf parks, and discusses with our host Chris Kluesener how surf parks fit into an athletes' repertoire. In addition to winning dozens of professional surfing events in his career, Ian was incredibly influential in establishing the world professional surfing circuit as we know it today including formation of the Association for Surfing Professionals (ASP). One of Ian's roles was to develop a rating and scoring system for surf events. Ian's role today is helping to democratize access to surfing via new projects we talk about in the show, like surfing.com.
33 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Beyond the Ocean #1 - Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki, legendary tech evangelist, author, and podcast host joins us on our first episode of Beyond the Ocean to discuss his experiences surfing (he learned to surf in his 60’s!), his views on surf parks and human-made surfing experiences, a brief intro different wave technologies, Guy's background and career, and some of his ideas for the future. We're joined on this show by John Luff, Founder of Surf Park Central, who provides a brief into the surf park industry and some details on the leading wave technologies on the market. Beyond the Ocean is an interview series focused on surf parks and the impact of technology on the future of surfing. We speak with authors, industry experts, technology leaders, and surfing legends about their views and experiences in, and beyond the ocean. Sponsored by Surf Park Central
1 minutes | May 26, 2020
Intro to Beyond the Ocean
Beyond the Ocean is an interview series exploring the future of technology and its impact on surfing, especially surf parks which allow people to ride waves many miles outside the ocean. We speak with industry leaders, surf park operators, authors, actors, professional surfers, and other influencers who help us shape up the conversation around wave technologies and other innovations that are changing the ways people catch waves in, and beyond, the ocean
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