Archive for 2012
Enjoy this interview again, as I review some of my most inspirational stories of the past year. Michael Valenzuela Former Navy F/A-18 Pilot. Original air date Dec 15, 2011.
Join Leslie Kolovich as she talks with Michael Valenzuela as he tells his story of how he broke his back in an accident while getting out of his jet, which eventually lead to him loosing the ability to use his legs. This is an inspiring story of perseverance, loss and recovery. “SUP’ing Save my life both physically and spiritually”~Michael Valenzuela
About Michael in his own words: I was born in Modesto CA and lived in California until I was five. I lived in Maine with my mom until I was 16. Every summer for eleven years I would come back out to California to visit my Dad and his family.
I went to the a small prep school for a semester after high school to gain acceptance into the naval academy. While there I studied History, ran 55m,100m and 200m sprints in track and power-lifted.
I sailed two summers and instructed sailing after graduation before I went to Pensacola to begin flight school. I started training 30 years and two days after my dad started flight school. Flight school lasted 2 1/2 years and I recieved my wings on Friday the 13th, October 2000. I flew F/A-18s out of Lemoore California.
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Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich and joining me today is Dannica Lowery. She is an amazing singer songerwriter, paddler and planet protector! In this podcast we talk about her Native American Heritage, her songwriting and her connection to her tribe of Mvskoke Creek. Dannica is also studying Alternative Medicine at Everglades University and plans on getting a masters in botany, working in native, herbal and energy healing.
Dannica is an avid paddler, both Sup and Kayak. She loves being on the water and is very passionate about protecting the environment. We talk about living on the Gulf Coast, and the threats of offshore oil drilling.
I know you will enjoy this conversation with Dannica. For more photos check out my Tumblr
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**Please listen again to one of my most inspirational interviews ever. Michele Baldwin passed on to the next life on Feb, 5, 2012. Her message lives on. Michele touched the lives of many, she certainly touched mine. Get out there, live your life! What are you waiting for? ~Leslie Kolovich
Join Leslie Kolovich as she speaks with Michele Baldwin now that she is home from India. Michele talks about the incredible meetings she had with the Indian Medical Community, being interviewed by India’s top reporters, and being front page of Indian Newspapers with her story and cause. She made a difference. It was more than a 700 mile paddle, that in itself is huge accomplishment. This Expedition was successful in helping to save lives of Indian women with a simple test. Her story reaches not only the women of India, but the women of the world! Learn more about HPV/Cervical Cancer. See your doctor now, schedule your annual PAP test, don’t put it off and educate yourself about the HPV vaccination. Make A Donation To The Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer
700 Days! 700 Days of paddling every day to “Change the Way we live on
the Planet”! 700 Days! 700 Canadian Days of paddling every day all
over B.C.! 700 Days! 700 Days all season long, Summer, Winter, Fall,
Spring! 700 Days! In all kinds of weather, snow, rain, sun, wind,
waves, cold, hot! 700 Days! Bob Purdy is an amazing, strong, passionate human being! I’m honored to call him friend!
On Day 700 Bob will paddle at Cedar Ave Park, 6:30 a.m. in Kelowna
before he goes to work. He will also celebrate Day 700 with a paddle on
Day 701, Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12 noon at Rotary Beach in
Kelowna! 700 Days! Wahoo!…
In his own words:
I am very grateful for all the coverage you have given to “Paddle for
the Planet” during the last 700 days! People tell me all the time they
think I am a bit weird for paddling every day, I tell them I can’t
imagine not paddling every day! Besides there is work to be done to
“Change the Way we live on the Planet”!…
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Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich and joining me for today’s show is Liz Wardley in Brittany France.
She is an incredible extreme endurance athlete who wants to challenge the Atlantic Ocean by crossing it on her custom outrigger canoe. Liz has a long resume as a professional in offshore racing. As Vice World Champion on Hobie Cat 16 in 1998, she won the crewed Sydney-Hobart in 1999, which followed her first lap around the world racing the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001 as bow and helm aboard the Amer Sport 2. She started a career in solo offshore sailing when she moved from Australia to France.
Just 2 years ago she found Outrigger paddling to be her water sport of choice. In this podcast Liz tells us about using Stand Up Paddle to train for Outrigger. She talks about doing her first SUP race in the 11 City Tour in Holland! Yes, this girl likes to jump into all things challenging! She loves adventure! Crossing the Atlantic solo on a outrigger canoe will be a first in the world. Liz is passionate about doing this challenge, and is trying to raise enough money to make this dream come true! Liz is a true waterwoman who loves and cares deeply about the ocean, in fact, she has been given the name “Girl of the Ocean”. A True Planet Paddler. You can be a part of her adventure, by donating to the expedition, please visit her website, Impossible is Not Liz.
If by chance Liz doesn’t raise the money needed for a launch this January she will keep at it until the money is raised, and launch when the tradewinds are in her favor. This is a dream that will come true for her. For more photos check out my Tumblr
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