Ride the Swell Podcast with BP
During team rider Brittany Parker’s recovery she made sure she kept busy and by busy we mean she started a podcast. The podcast is called ‘Ride the Swell’ and it’s main theme is river surfing. Here, she tells us a little bit about what you can expect and how to subscribe.
“I’ve been wanting to start a podcast for years. Spending so much time on the road means listening to and devouring podcasts. I love how they make me feel: inspired, motivated, worked up, smart, emotional. Some of my favorites being Radiolab, Sam Harris’s ‘Waking Up’, This American Life, Science VS, Ted Radio Hour, and Star Talk to name a few.
When it came to starting my own I was always “waiting” for the right time and when I had enough money to buy the equipment. As most of you may have already guessed, these are just excuses I made. I was afraid of starting and afraid of what others would think of me. But as I was sitting around suffering from serious boredom in the midst of my recovery I figured…this was as good of a time as any. If I couldn’t surf or paddle I needed to be involved in the community in some way.
What really inspired me was that I was having a ton of discussions with people over the phone on the topic of river surfing. People were expressing their opinions on board shapes, styles of surfing, and concerns for the direction the sport is headed. We needed a platform to express all of this on. A podcast seemed like the easiest most immediate way to do that.
It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I got all of my equipment for around $100 and created the platform in which the podcasts will live within an hour. I already had a list of people I wanted to interview. How hard could editing audio be anyways (turns out very very hard)? But, the hardest part about jumping into something new is starting and I’ve done that.
When I first announced it I received a wave of support that showed me this is something our community really needs right now. I was already so proud of this thing I had just started building.
My first interview is with Ryan Richard the wave shaper in Bend, OR and former wave shaper in Boise. I really enjoyed this interview and believe Ryan has a very special and unique perspective to offer. Ryan talks about how he went from a $100,000 salary to a $9/hr job and is much happier because of it. He talks about some of the challenges and politics he faces as the one who is responsible for other people’s fun. I learned a lot and I think you will too.
I’ll be doing a lot of my interview from the road once I transition back into living in the van. You can count on some of the content to not be river surfing related at all because I tend to meet some interesting people along the way. I also want to hear from you! If you have any topics you’d like me to discuss or people you’d like me to interview please let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave it in the comments section of the podcast, or DM me on my social media platforms. Currently, the podcast is only available on Soundcloud and iTunes but I am working on getting it on the majority of podcast platforms to make it more accessible for everyone.
So, please, if you enjoy the podcast subscribe and leave a review. This helps me get more exposure making it easier for people to find the podcast. Thanks to everyone who has supported me up to this point I couldn’t do it without you!