For a podcaster making podcasts about careers in and around surfing, my encounter with Jeff Hakman is practically like finding the holy grail. I must admit I was pretty intimidated by meeting the man behind the biggest surfing brand in the world and I felt very honored and privileged to have a chat with him.
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In this conversation, Jenn shares her remarkable story of recovery and how she hacked her way into a balanced and enlightened lifestyle between Maui and Half Moon Bay. Of course, surfing and the ocean had an enormous part to play and you’ll find out all about in the episode. But her recovery also spurred her to review her priorities.
“Really on that beach in Maui when I was watching those SUP boarders surf those waves, and play around and just have the time of their life, I was like, “Wow, I really need to rethink my priorities” (…) It was really depressing because I was like, ”OK, I’ve got the marriage, I’ve got the house, I’ve got the cars and I’ve checked these boxes and there’s something that’s drastically unhappy in my life”. I didn’t have that sense of adventure.“ — Jenn Biestman, Co-Founder, Local-ish.
In the process of this life-changing experience, Jenn and her fiancé Greg, travelled a lot on surf trips. From country to country they were always humbled by the fact they were treated as family with open arms, and felt a sense of belonging as they were welcomed by the amazing people they met along the way. As if they were locals.
This experience percolated into the brand philosophy of Local-ish. Because, in a time in history when people are more likely to migrate to other places for their jobs, relationships or just life experience, it’s really cool to feel like a local in a new place. To feel like a “local-ish” person in short.
“Local-ish is all about adventure, respecting the land, the people, everyone you’re around, and you get that sense of community and belonging. Essentially, we aim to foster that sense of community and a place for people to belong.” — Jenn Biestman, Co-Founder Local-ish
Jenn’s story is truly inspiring on many aspects: first the recovery, then the resetting of life priorities, the strategies to hack surfing progression, and finally the creation of an awesome brand that carries Jenn’s values.
In this episode, you’ll hear Jenn’s story, who she was mentored by, how she hacked surfing progression to become an accomplished downwind SUP racer, surfer, and hydrofoil rider against all odds.
You’ll find out what it takes to drop out of the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, and what strategies Jenn and her fiancé have put into place to work as a couple at Local-ish.
Also, after this conversation, you may be tempted to escape to Maui and try hydrofoiling 😉
Until next episode, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves!
To connect with Jenn, send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as she said, she is happy to share her tips on recovery, surf progression and nutrition, so just whip up an email and send it to her.
Local-ish can be found online at www.localish.co. Jenn is offering a 20% discount to all listeners, so tune in to the episode to get the code (hint, you’ll get it at the end 😉)… Local-ish ships worldwide so just imagine a piece of Hawaii landing in your letterbox, it can’t get more exotic than that!!!
Surf Coaches that Jenn was Mentored by
- Dave Kalama, the Surf Mentor, check out his Instagram profile @davekalama.
- Cris Mills, the Surf Strength Coach: check out his Instagram profile @surfstrengthcoach and website www.surfstrengthcoach.com
- Clayton Nienaber, the surfer who organised the Mentawai trip: check out his Instagram profile @claytonsurfaus
- Rob Case, the surfing paddling coach: on Instagram @surfingpaddlingxswim and website www.surfingpaddling.com
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Today’s conversation is taking us to Hawaii, on the island of Maui, where my guest was up before the chickens to talk to me, her name is Jenn Biestman.
Jenn’s story is truly uplifting.
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In the turmoil of having to face this life-shattering news, she hobbled to the airport, and took off to Maui to try to figure things out.
In a week, “Winter is Coming” and I thought today would be pretty appropriate to take you to the cold waters of the North East of England. Today’s conversation is with Simon Day, the co-founder of a burgeoning surf brand in the UK called Fitzroy.