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KookCast: Surf Education

The best podcast for beginner surfers! Tune in to The Surf Continuum's Coach Chris, Coach Evan, and their guests talk about learning to surf and how they learned the hard (and usually hilarious) way to be a little less kooky--or in some cases, just embrace it! Head over to thesurfcontinuum.com/signup to become a member of our team and receive even more value and educational surf content.

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Recent Episodes of KookCast: Surf Education


Celebrating Hobie's 70th Anniversary - Part 1

Celebrating Hobie's 70th Anniversary - Part 1

This week on KookCast, Coach Chris and Coach Evan are joined by Kris Carlow and Adam Davenport of Hobie Surfboards to celebrate the brands 70th anniversary. We're first introduced to them through their surfing background before Kris, the brand manager at Hobie, takes us through the life of Hobie Alter and how the Hobie brand came to be. 

Next week in part 2, Adam describes his job of lead shaper and how we has a passion for preserving Hobie's standards and many of the traditional elements of surfboard building.

Time Stamps:

(02:23) - Kris Carlow’s Sur...

Episode 241 16 May 2024 30m and 5s


Emma Bukowski of Nose Rider Surf Club

Emma Bukowski of Nose Rider Surf Club

Emma Bukowski, creator of Nose Rider Surf Club, joins Coach Chris to talk not only about her surfing journey, but the effort it took to reach the starting line of that journey.

Coming from Wisconsin, it might not have seemed like surfing was in the cards for Emma. Tune in to hear how Emma played her hand and now gets to live her dream. The discussion eventually turns a little more serious as we hear Emma's perspective on being a woman surfer and shares her worst experience while surfing.

Stick around to hear the one...

Episode 240 29 April 2024 49m and 55s


2024 La Misión Surf Trip Recap

2024 La Misión Surf Trip Recap

This episode is a recap of the annual surf trips Coach Chris and Coach Ev organize to La Misión in Baja. It begins with an introduction from Coach Chris, moves into a discussion between him and Coach Ev debriefing on important takeaways and key lessons, and finishes with some clips drawn from the raw recordings of both group one and group two at our final dinner of the week. 

Time Stamps:

(00:00) - Coach Chris' Introduction (02:15) - Coach Chris and Coach Ev debrief (39:57) - Audio clips from group one's last dinner (43:06) - Audio clips from group tw...

Episode 239 19 April 2024 1h, 2m and 51s


Shark! with Erin LaVallee

Shark! with Erin LaVallee

This week on KookCast, Erin LaVallee joins Coach Chris to share her story on fulfilling a lifelong dream to surf, the mistakes and successes on the journey, and of course her kooky story.

(01:58) - Intro to Erin (08:25) - First Surfboard (09:56) - First Boogie Session & Revelation (16:08) - Background as a tattoo artist (18:08) - Being a woman surfer, courage, and perseverance (27:55) - Surf tripping to the East Coast (30:57) - Erin’s Kooky Story

Episode 238 22 March 2024 36m and 59s


Alek Rockrise from The California Surf Academy

Alek Rockrise from The California Surf Academy

This week on KookCast, Alek Rockrise joins Coach Chris to talk surf education, sharing your surf knowledge, and the personal battles that come with it. Thank you to our sponsor Crooked Wetsuits for helping us stay warm in the water.

Episode timestamps:

(02:01) - Alek’s surfing background (07:15) - The grom mentality (08:49) - Teaching “how to read waves” (13:06) - Surf etiquette (16:08) - How we learned to surf (18:58) - Paddling technique (24:15) - Catching waves (27:25) - Why do surfers hate instructors/student surfers? (37:45) - The importance of surf history (41:02) - Surfboard talk (57:00) - The California Surf Academy (59:20) - Alek’s kooky...

Episode 237 12 February 2024 1h, 11m and 14s


7 Pillars of The Surf Continuum

7 Pillars of The Surf Continuum

In this episode, Coach Chris and Coach Evan are sitting down to discuss 7 pillars upon which they've built their brand of surf education on. Head over to the membership site and check out the video version of this episode to see pillar #8, which they forgot to include in this recording. 

(02:04) - What makes surfing special (03:31) - #1. No touching, stabilizing, or pushing students (08:39) - #2. Fundamentals are the foundation (10:27) - #3. Good surfing is simple (12:03) - #4. Create Space (17:53) - #5. Unconditional surfing (20:17) - #6. Slow is fast (link to deeper discussion about this topic) (23:43) -  #7 - The joy is in the journey (26:46) -  Mem...

Episode 236 28 January 2024 26m and 52s


Blame it on the Boogie Board

Blame it on the Boogie Board

Coach Chris and Coach Ev are taking you back to the boogie board! One of the most overlooked crafts in helping beginner surfers progress is the boogie board, and in this episode we're telling you a few reasons why.

(01:28) Come to La Misión with us (email: info@thesurfcontinuum.com) (01:49) Why Coach Chris gets self conscious about the boogie episodes (03:15) Why the "grom mentality" is so important (05:16) The Values of the Boogie: Timing: Getting Through Waves (11:12) The Values of the Boogie: Catching Waves (14:08) The Values of the Boogie: Setting Your Rail (19:02) The Values of the Boogie: Paddling (20:16) The V...

Episode 235 13 January 2024 30m and 21s


Paddling Somewhere? Follow the North Star with Rob Case

Paddling Somewhere? Follow the North Star with Rob Case

FINALLY! Rob Case has entered the chat. With KookCast over 200 episodes in, it's safe to say this episode is late.

Rob is a paddle technique coach and one of our personal favorite surfers to talk shop with. Check out his website, subscribed to his newsletter, and see the timestamps below to find key moments in our chat together. 

https://www.surfingpaddling.com/

(01:08) - How I discovered Rob (06:21) - Moving the needle: New board vs Fundamentals (08:23) - The importance of technique (14:17) - Corking technique (22:00) - Finding the sweet spot = control (30:31) - Personal feelings towards copy c...

Episode 234 5 January 2024 1h, 5m and 27s


Catching Up with Matt Warshaw

Catching Up with Matt Warshaw

This week on KookCast, we're happy to have Matt Warshaw back on the show. The premier historian and archivist of surfing, the value of this man's work isn't lost on us, and it shouldn't be lost on you either!

Subscribe to the Encyclopedia of Surfing and consider making a donation to make help make sure Matt continues his good work.

Here's a link to The New Yorker article we discuss at the beginning of the episode:

"Can't Tell an A-frame from a Poo Stance? Try the Encyclopedia of Surfing"

Episode 233 12 December 2023 38m and 49s


Wetsuit Care & Kookery

Wetsuit Care & Kookery

It's in the title! Take care of that thing and don't be a wetsuit kook!

Booking spots on our La Misión surf trip 2024. E-mail us: info@thesurfcontinuum.com to learn more.

Episode 232 28 November 2023 22m and 26s

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