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Archive for September 2012

Solo Paddle Crossing Of The Georgia Straight In British Columbia Canada~SUP Radio

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Today’s podcast I interview Stuart Robinson who paddled 57.5km (35 miles) across the Georgia Straight in British Columbia completely unassisted, and unaccompanied, last weekend in 7 hours.  Stu tells us how he decided to do this crossing, how being prepared to do such a crossing is super important.  Stu makes a statement in this interview that I love so much and rings true for just about all instances.  He says, “it’s not until you are out of your comfort zone, that kinda magic happens, find your passion”.




Stu is the owner of Compass Adventure Water Sports Centre in Comax BC Canada, is a professional coach, and trainer for many sports.  He started paddling in 2006, and was completely hooked on the sport after finishing the elite races in the crazy carnage of the 2009 Battle of The Paddle in California.

Compass Adventure Water Sports hosted Canada’s first ever Sup Surf Race Event in Tofino BC just last summer.  Stu also talks about the growth of the sport in Canada, the race series they have and getting more and more youth involved.

Stu is a very cool guy, I know you will enjoy this podcast!  Check him out at www.surf-sup.ca or www.compassadventure.ca

Thank you to our sponsor of this segment SUP Wheels

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Jillian Morris Shark & Ocean Advocate, Photographer & Whale Wars~SUP Radio

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Today’s podcast I interview Jillian Morris.  This girl wears many hats when it comes to the underwater world.  She’s a marine biologist, ocean advocate, videographer, photographer, a free diver, scuba instructoreducator, outreach coordinator, rebreather diver, writer, and underwater model.

She and her husband were the film crew for last seasons popular, and controversial Animal Planet series Whale Wars.  She talks about this experience of being on call 24 hours to film events as they happen. Aboard the Sea Shepard’s Brigitte Bardot the experiences are raw and the videography truly tells the story of what is happening.

Jillian talks about her passion for shark conservation, the importance of sharks in our oceans, her research, and her experience of looking eye to eye with a Great White outside of a cage.  She is passionate about filming underwater and with her images she is the voice for these amazing animals.   It is her goal to change the way humans think about sharks.



 Education is the key.  The message, “Think Global, Act Local”. This is not just a message to people living on our coasts, this is a message for all.  We need healthy oceans for our existence.  Take a look at her website for more information about how you can get involved in protecting our oceans and sharks.  Shark-Girl.com Here you will see some of her amazing uunderwater photography.  She also is the executive director & camerman with  her husband in their company oceanicallstars

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Thank you to our sponsor of this segment, Precision Paddleboards

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The Battle Is Just Around The Corner~SUP Radio

Kristin Thomas West Coast Reporter AND ATHLETA Featured ATHLETE

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich Kristin Thomas from Laguna Beach California joins me today to talk about The  Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of The Paddle that kicks off Sept 29, 2012 However, athletes from around the world have already arrived in sunny Southern California to get their boards into the infamous waters at Doheny Beach.

This event is the Mack Daddy of all SUP events, elite racers train and save to make the journey to battle amongst the best of the best Kristin gives us an idea of what’s happening the week beforehand, and what to expect for the weekend.  The event is packed with tradition with the roots of stand up paddling in Hawaii, a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony takes place to start the races.  SUP Radio Show wishes all the best to event organizers, volunteers, and athletes!  It’s sure to be another memorable event!  You can follow the event as it is happening on the Rainbow Sandals Battle of The Paddle Website.

Thank you to my sponsor of this show, SUP Wheels


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Geoff McBride Singer/Songwriter NBC’s “The Voice”~SUP Radio

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Today’s podcast is so cool, and the word of the day is, SOUL.  Geoff McBride joins me in my studio for a great conversation about his journey through life and music.  He, as you know was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” he talks about his experience, stepping  out on that stage, in front of a global audience.  Geoff is embarking on a new project today, that he calls “Journey to the Soul“.  It’s a “Soul”full sound, music that comes from his soul.  He describes music as a universal language.  People can relate because they are relating to their souls.  I’ve had the opportunity to follow Geoff and his career here in South Walton Florida where he resides. He is for sure a local favorite and packs the house where ever he sets up. He now has a worldwide following, and hopes to bring the sound of the world into this new cd.  He has partnered up with Trammell Starks for a sound that for sure will bring a new vibration to your spirit.   Not only is his music incredible, but so is this man.  He has a beautiful, wonderful wife and 3 children that mirror their parents.  Geoff is genuine, and I’m proud to be a part of spreading the good word of “Journey to the Soul”

You can be a part of this Soul Journey by clicking here Geoff McBride

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Paddle Destin Florida A SUP Community For All~SUP Radio Show

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Today’s show is awesome!  I talk with Kim Moore co-founder of the SUP Group called Paddle Destin.  She and her husband, Rick created this group to promote the sport of Stand Up Paddling  in the North West Panhandle of Florida.  They really have done a fantastic job including everyone who wants to paddle the beautiful waters of the area no matter what type of board you own.  They travel as a group to as many of the Florida races as possible, and hold several events ranging from training paddles, races, full moon paddles, and of course always eating together.  Their “family” is always open and welcoming to people who want to join in the growing sport of Stand Up Paddling.

It doesn’t matter what board your ride!
















Kim talks about the Surf Expo in Orlando that she attended as well as the Cocoa Beach Paddle Classic last week.  Kim tells me about the new trends she saw at expo, and the excitement of seeing paddlers such as Kia Lenny and Conner Baxter.


PS…. If you are in the area, Paddle Destin is hosting a really fun family event for the 1st Annual ‘Great Pumpkin Paddle’ to be held on Saturday, October 20th, at Scully’s in Fort Walton BeachPrizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Carved Pumpkin, Pumpkin Sprints and much, much MORE!  Registration is $25. each and includes your Limited Edition ‘Great Pumpkin Paddle’ t-shirt (register early to reserve your size), lunch and a great goodie bag filled with great treats from our awesome sponsors.  Raffle items will also be available with proceeds to benefit Shelter House, a local shelter for battered women & children.
Day of registration will begin at 9am, paddle starts at 10am, lunch served at 11:30am and then we can dance the day away!

For all your Stand Up Paddle Questions for the Panhandle area check out Paddle Destin on Facebook

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