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Wild Ideas Worth Living Presented by REI

REI presents Wild Ideas Worth Living, a podcast that shares stories of adventure and beyond. On each show, host and adventure journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, scientists, athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have climbed the tallest peaks, to people who have started new businesses, broken records, surfed giant waves, sailed across the Pacific, travelled to every country in the world, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas often lead to the most rewarding adventures. Previous guests include Climber Chris Sharma, Surfer Bethany Hamilton, Skier Caroline Gleich, Filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, Runner Dean Karnazes, Sailor Liz Clark, Snowboarder Kelly Clark, Freediver Kimi Werner, Minimalist and Activist Rob Greenfield, Photographer Chris Burkard, Author Chris McDougall, November Project Founder Brogan Graham, fasting expert Alan Goldhamer, Triathlete Brendan Brazier, Paralympian Alana Nichols, Comedian JP Sears, and more.
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Jun 28, 2017

Grant’s Wild Idea: To educate and raise awareness about mental health issues through surfing in bright colors, sharing his personal story, and starting a movement.

Grant Trebilco is the creator of One Wave is All it Takes (OneWave), a nonprofit tackling mental health issues, literally one wave at a time. The organization started in Australia, and has quickly gained worldwide attention through its “Fluro Friday” events, where participants surf in bright colors and wild outfits, drawing attention to a darker issue. I met Grant while surfing in Australia, participated in a few of his events, and have been inspired by his story. Because he had an experience he was willing to share, Grant’s organization has helped numerous people around the world, both in the water and on land. By doing so, One Wave has become an international movement with coverage in outlets like the BBC. Thousands of people at hundreds of beaches participate in Fluro Friday OneWave surf sessions every week.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You have or someone you know has struggled with mental health.
  • You love surfing.
  • You’re passionate about a good cause.
  • You want to surf in fluorescent colors.
  • You want to start your own nonprofit.
  • You love Kiwi and Aussie accents.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/30

Jun 21, 2017

Rebecca’s Wild Idea: To be a professional adventure racer and bike the Ho Chi Minh Trail in search of her father, who was shot down as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War.

Rebecca Rusch has been a professional athlete for over three decades. She is a seven-time World Champion who continues to shatter the glass ceiling in whatever sport she tackles, whether it is climbing, rafting, or biking. She has a first female ascent rock climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. She has river boarded down the Grand Canyon. And she has beaten most men at endurance mountain bike racing. 

Rebecca’s most recent journey goes much deeper. She biked 1,200 miles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Southeast Asia to search for the crash site of her father’s plane where he was shot down in the Vietnam War over 40 years ago. She shared the journey with another mountain biker, a local Vietnamese woman, and they documented it all in an epic film by Red Bull Media House called Blood Road that just hit theaters.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You love adventure, adventure racing or know of Rebecca Rush.
  • You know someone who was in or affected by the Vietnam War.
  • You have ever wanted to do an epic adventure.
  • You love stories about family, friendship or history.
  • You love giving back.
  • You love amazing documentaries.
  • You want to listen to the most badass female athlete I have ever met.
  • You want to hear how finding magic is possible, even after massive blood, sweat and tears.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/29

Jun 14, 2017

Angela’s Wild Idea: To combine spirituality and athleticism while helping others find their own purpose through fitness.

Angela Davis is an international fitness evangelist and motivational coach, who’s helped lead events alongside people like Oprah. In addition to being one of the most inspiring voices and coaches, she’s a former member of the USA track and field team and was a five-time All-American who held world rankings in the 100 meter race.

These days, Angela can be found instructing one of the most sought after SoulCycle classes with long waitlists and tons of celebrity clients. There’s countless reasons why. One is that her class feels like being inside an upbeat church, with awesome music. You forget you’re in a dark room getting sweaty, and leave the studio feeling pumped up and ready to conquer the world.

Angela shares her journey to finding her purpose and how you can find yours. She also shares why working out on the inside is as important as working out on the outside - it’s not just about that tight bootay!

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You have twenty minutes to get inspired.
  • You love SoulCycle.
  • You attend fitness classes.
  • You’re searching for your purpose in life.
  • You want a good technique to conquer your fears.
  • You’re the smartest, most inspiring person in your friend group.
  • You are a runner, an athlete or just want a little more mojo.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/28

Jun 7, 2017

Izzy’s Wild Idea: To be a rebel, to start the first all-women’s surf school, and to create a thriving business in a bikini.

Izzy Tihanyi started the first all-women’s surf school in 1996. Prior to founding Surf Diva, Izzy was a competitive collegiate surfer, competed on the professional women’s longboard circuit, hosted a TV show for action sports, and at one point was even my surf camp counselor.

Izzy has an awesome story, which is why she frequently gets asked to speak at business and sports events. She also happens to be one of my best friends ever, so we get a little cheeky on the show. We dive into some pretty serious topics too, like body image, the work ethic that is instilled when you come from an immigrant family, starting a business in a bikini, advice to teens, why surfing naked is awesome, and how to be the best surfer in the water.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You wish you didn’t have to wear shoes to work.
  • You surf or want to know how to surf.
  • You love the ocean. 
  • You are an entrepreneur or want to start a business.
  • You know of or have been to Surf Diva.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/27

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