Episode 39: Big Wave Champion Paige Alms; Love, Light & Legacy

Episode 39: Big Wave Champion Paige Alms; Love, Light & Legacy

by Stacie Vanags March 08, 2019

Paige Alms joins us from her cozy bungalow in Maui, one of the few women in the world charging 50 foot waves between Jaws in Hawaii and Mavericks in California. Paige has won two Big Wave Tour World Titles, and it’s hard to miss this 5’11” female force of awesomeness. And while her titles are certainly impressive, what sticks with me most in talking with Paige is her mindset, including her legacy and what she wants to humbly leave behind. Paige and I dig deep into defeating fear, and we even talk a little philosophy. She’s sponsored by one of my favorite companies, Patagonia, which ties directly into her playful Trashy Selfie Project, which I highly recommend you check out and more importantly, take part in. Paige has us asking ourselves...what's our legacy going to be? 

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Episode 38: Discovering the Tools Necessary to Thrive

Episode 38: Discovering the Tools Necessary to Thrive

by Stacie Vanags January 14, 2019

Bryanna Bradley is a cold water surf photographer with a contagious laugh joining us from Tofino Canada. She’s part of my ‘Women of Tofino’ series that celebrates this unique community of thriving females up in BC. Imagine more women than men in the line-up on any given day, epic right? Bryanna recognized a gap to capture women's surf, and never looked back. She shares stories of solo travel, how it shaped who she is today, and the number one safety tip every woman should know.

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Episode 37: How to Escape What No Longer Serves You

Episode 37: How to Escape What No Longer Serves You

by Stacie Vanags December 20, 2018

Kristen is celebrating her 7th year as a Costa Rican resident after having left her cushy banking job and cozy apartment in NYC. It seems all my friends are dropping like flies and moving to CR, so what’s all the hype? Is the grass actually greener in this international surf haven, and how do you make a sustainable living abroad? Kristen talks about finding her niche, the power of a positive mindset and keeping her ‘banks,’ balanced; From her financial bank, to her sunset, wave and spiritual banks. Lastly, she shares how learning the power of money at a young age translates into financial success as an adult.

 

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Episode 36: Infusing Stoke When Women Need It Most

Episode 36: Infusing Stoke When Women Need It Most

by Stacie Vanags September 30, 2018

Krissy Montgomery joins us from brisk Tofino Canada as she’s immersed in her 9th year of the Queen of the Peak competition, an all female surf competition. Krissy shares how her heart has always tugged at the west coast, strategies for empowering women and children in an intimate community, and why Canadian women are overall badass. Krissy is a radiant light in a community of only 2000, infusing stoke and encouragement at a time when women need it most, and has no doubt been an ambassador and contributor to writing female surf culture in Canada.

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Episode 35: Losing Your Shit, and Recovering with Humor

Episode 35: Losing Your Shit, and Recovering with Humor

by Stacie Vanags September 13, 2018

Born in Monterey Bay and living the salty life in Sayulita Mexico, surfer and illustrator Robin Lanei shares how she finds humor in challenging or otherwise embarrassing moments. Learn how to create the life you’ve always wanted by elevating the gifts that come naturally to you. All of our individual life experiences, hiccups and struggles are interconnected; leverage your own story and confidently take center stage in your own theatre of life. Lastly, hear how Robin sets goals and seeks inspiration to bust through to the next level of limitless possibilities. 

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Episode 34: Courage to Speak Up, Courage to Stand Out

Episode 34: Courage to Speak Up, Courage to Stand Out

by Stacie Vanags August 13, 2018

Born in Taiwan and raised in Canada, Sunny earned her degree in hospitality management, but swapped an ordinary job for a surf infused sustainable one instead. Surrounded by sea in the Maldives, she sacrificed a life of glamour and good hair for salty, sun kissed lips and sandy feet. Sunny and I have a frank discussion about mental health; the ups and downs of isolated island life, and how to find the courage to ask for help.

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Episode 33: A Frank Discussion About Women's Health

Episode 33: A Frank Discussion About Women's Health

by Stacie Vanags April 01, 2018

Originally from London, Emily earned her degree in Architecture at Cambridge, but swapped an ordinary job in the field for 10 years at sea. She speaks about the idea of traveling slowly, and how she pivoted her journey to focus on women’s health after shocking blood test results confirmed 29 of 35 toxins in her body. Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition, a series of all female voyages, public speaking around the globe, and working with Parley for the oceans.

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Episode 32: What's on Your Map of Life?

Episode 32: What's on Your Map of Life?

by Stacie Vanags March 14, 2018

Originally from Germany, Nike left her traditional marketing job to buy a sailboat in Panama and spend the next three years of her life trading money for experiences. She shares how to combat self-made stress, and how following your passion can create lifelong confidence.

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Episode 31: The Happiness Scale: Where Do You Fall?

Episode 31: The Happiness Scale: Where Do You Fall?

by Stacie Vanags February 21, 2018

Originally from the UK, Clare left her very traditional life of working Real Estate and raising two children to open a boutique surf camp in the Dominican Republic. She started kite surfing at age 38, and her whole world changed as she pushed all physical and geographical boundaries. Her story of finding new love and letting go to that of the past is a resounding reminder to always evaluate our own needs, desires and goals of the future, and quite simply, to listen to our own hearts.

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Episode 30: That Sharkpreneur Life

Episode 30: That Sharkpreneur Life

by Stacie Vanags January 05, 2018

Originally from Maine, Jillian Morris-Brake joins us from the Bahamas to talk about the career she created as a shark entrepreneur. The Bahamas are considered the shark capital of the world; from Great Hammerheads, Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks and much more. Jillian shares the struggle of living on a tiny island and her lengthy commute to get lettuce, theories on why sharks attack, and how to create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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Episode 29: How to Appreciate What You Already Have / Elaine Abonal

Episode 29: How to Appreciate What You Already Have / Elaine Abonal

by Stacie Vanags December 06, 2017

Once shy girl Elaine Abonal joins us from the Philippines to talk about how she gained her self confidence, and her now thriving surfcamp connecting others with the ocean. She shares her long term vision for a home base, and her desire to tie it all back to charity. Elaine goes back in time to her experience as an exchange student in Wisconsin, and the light skin versus dark skin debate in her culture and how it’s impacting young women.

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Episode 28: Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Episode 28: Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

by Stacie Vanags November 08, 2017

Andrea is a Colombian native who has firsthand stories surviving Pablo Escobar and the Narcos, how it influenced her family heritage, and the importance of growing up with a strong network of women in a male dominated country. She talks about how she pivoted her family business and moved to LA, and opens our eyes to our local drinking resources.

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