There are few pleasures I have found in life as all-consuming as surfing. The salty spray of sea water as it surrounds your body just as the wave picks up your board is a bit of heaven on earth. Though some purest might think the commercialization of surfing is for wannabes I love it all. Books, movies, music, and podcasts all help to give relief from the call of the wave.
I’m 35 and live just outside Los Angeles, CA. My quiver consists of four boards; an 8’6″ Ron Jon, 7’6″ Channel Islands Al Merrick, 7’4″ Firewire, and a 6’4″ Weber. A great way to feel the waves when not near your favorite break is through podcasts. Not all podcasts are the best but there are a few worth mentioning.
Rip Curl’s podcasts is a great podcast. Their videos are high quality and fun to watch. You can see surfing’s all stars like Kelly Slater and watch interviews, competition highlights, and behind the scenes of surfing’s latest movie. This free podcast usually has several new videos each month.
They have not put out a new video in a few years but Surfing California has a few videos I like. The production quality isn’t that great but the videos are good for a few tips someone new to surfing will find useful. The podcast covers wetsuit basics, a guide to surfboard fins, and has some video of shredding in Southern California worth seeing.
Wavedreamer Surf Movies also hasn’t put out a podcast in a few years but their movies are of good production quality. Surfers around Ireland and the UK hang five on some good swells. The videos have good soundtracks and make you long for a trip across the pond.
Podsurf has great interviews, coverage of some of surfing’s meccas like Teahupoo and Bells. The big competitions include great video of the pros along with solid commentary and interviews. Check this podcast out for a taste of global surf spots and the adventurers that frequent them.
Finally I recommend Body Glove’s podcast. With just shy of 170 videos you’ll have plenty to explore. The videos run the range of product reviews to interviews. The free podcasts are full of exciting footage.
When too far from the shore podcasts offer another option for feeling the waves. If nothing else these 5 podcasts can help us dream until the next paddle out.