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“That was a death wish that wave. It was terrifying. I soon as I let go of the tow rope and stood in the barrel I thought, ‘I’m dead!’ Then I thought ‘Well I might as well enjoy the view, and if I’m enjoying the view then I might as well look for a way out’ Then the foam ball picked me up and spat me out.” That’s big wave pioneer and XXL Award nominee @laynebeachley describing the wave she caught at Ours (that’s it above) during our conversation for episode 029 of the @WeLookSideways podcast. Plenty more insights where this came from – hit the link in my bio to have a listen 👀☝️

THE TOP 5 EPISODES OF 2017:

1. Alex Honnold Free Rider
“As soon as I finished the crux I was like ‘I am crushing this route!’”
It was the most talked-about feat of 2017 – so no wonder the episode featuring climber Alex Honnold breaking down exactly how he accomplished the feat of free-soloing Free Rider on El Capitan was the runaway most listened-to Looking Sideways episode of 2017.

Free Rider was immediately hailed as one of the greatest climbing accomplishments in history, both among his incredulous peers and the wider public at large. And it immediately catapulted Alex into a new stratosphere of fame and notoriety.

Yet, as our conversation proved, it had changed absolutely nothing for Alex, who remained the same obsessive and ridiculously stoked individual he’s always been.

A proper pleasure this one, as Alex broke down the ascent in detail and talked me through the decade long preparation that went into the climb, so once again thanks for coming on the show Alex.

Haven’t listened yet? Click this link to do it up: http://wearelookingsideways.com/podcasts/015-alex-honnold

THE TOP 5 EPISODES OF 2017:
1. @alexhonnold : Free Rider ““As soon as I finished the crux I was like ‘I am crushing this route!’” It was the most talked-about feat of 2017 – so no wonder the episode featuring climber @alexhonnold breaking down exactly how he accomplished the feat of free-soloing Free Rider on El Capitan was the runaway most listened-to @welooksideways episode of 2017.
Free Rider was immediately hailed as one of the greatest climbing accomplishments in history, both among his incredulous peers and the wider public at large. And it immediately catapulted Alex into a new stratosphere of fame and notoriety.

Yet, as our conversation proved, it had changed absolutely nothing for Alex, who remained the same obsessive and ridiculously stoked individual he’s always been.
A proper pleasure this one, as Alex broke down the ascent in detail and talked me through the decade long preparation that went into the climb.
It was a real privilege to hear a man at the top of his game talk me through his greatest achievement, so once again thanks for coming on the show Alex.
Haven’t listened yet? Hit the link in my bio to seek it out.

THE TOP 5 EPISODES OF 2017:
2: Ed Leigh : How To Live Your Life Through Snowboarding

“Snowboarding’s given me everything and it keeps on giving.”

My first ever Looking Sideways episode, and the second most listened-to episode of 2017, was this riotous chinwag with my old friend and Whitelines Snowboarding colleague Ed Leigh.

As I explained at the time, Ed has lived ‘one of the most varied and enviable snowboarding lives possible.’ We covered the lot: how he got into the industry, his work on BBC Ski Sunday, and his thoughts on THAT infamous Jenny Jones commentary.

Listeners loved Ed’s passion, enthusiasm and warmth, which as usual came shining through.

Haven’t listened yet? Hit the link to below to listen: http://wearelookingsideways.com/podcasts/episode-001-ed-leigh