Shannon Switzer Swanson: Ocean Photojournalist & Nat Geo Adventurer

Podcast Episode #47

Shannon is an ocean scientist, photojournalist, and conservationist working to share her stories with the world – on topics ranging from storm water pollution to the global aquarium fish trade. She was recently honored as one of National Geographic’s 2017 Adventurers of the Year. In this episode we discuss the importance of curiosity, Shannon’s interest in photography and writing, and how her definition of adventure has no boundaries.

Connect with Shannon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Kyle Thiermann: Pro surfer and video journalist documenting ocean issues and solutions

Podcast Episode #26

Kyle is a pro surfer documenting ocean issues that aren’t directly connected to the ocean at first glance. Mixing in elements of economics, politics, education, and culture, Kyle is uncovering opportunities for individuals around the world to be a part of the solution. Hear what motivated this big wave surfer from Santa Cruz to start his own film series called Surfing for Change, and what’s on the horizon for this ocean advocate.

Check out Kyle’s homepage to find links to his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube channels. And visit to learn more.

David Stover: Co-founder of Bureo Skateboards

Podcast Episode #24

David is a co-founder of Bureo Skateboards, a sustainably minded company turning recycled fishing nets into skateboard decks. Hear how these ocean-lovers are reducing the number of discarded plastic fishing nets in the ocean through their Net Positiva program in Chile. By working with government and fishermen, Bureo is taking a negative, turning it into a positive, and creating innovative and fun products for all.

Follow Bureo on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Visit their website to check out all their awesome products.

Chad Nelson: CEO of Surfrider Foundation

Podcast Episode #23

Chad is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Hear about Chad’s history with Surfrider, the initiatives he’s spearheaded, and how you can get involved with this global community of change-making ocean advocates.

Follow @surfrider on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit to get involved and learn more.

Andrew Stern: Founder of Smartfin

Podcast Episode #19

Andrew is a retired neurologist focused on raising awareness about environmental issues including ocean health. Smartfin is a surfboard fin that collects ocean data while you surf, turning surfers into citizen scientists. Hear how Smartfin plans to grow the global community of ocean stewards with their incredible technology product.

Follow @TheSmartfin on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.