061: Dave Mailman/Survivor

Dave at La Graviere

“Every time there was an open door I put my foot in.”

Longest show ever! Yep, settle in for over two hours of chat between myself and the great Dave Mailman, my guest for episode 061. It’s a roving, freewheeling conversation with one of the great unsung movers and shakers of the surf and snowboarding industry, which splits neatly into two segments.

Testing the Wavegarden with Laslo and Lennox

In the first part, we cover Dave’s incredible three-decade long career during which he’s held every conceivable job in the industry – marketing guru, broadcaster, team manager, journalist, editor, distributor, webcaster – and on it goes. For listeners wondering how to get into the industry (and there are quite a few listening to the show), this one is object lesson in kicking down every door in your path until you get where you want to be.

Sterile room selfie, Bordeaux

Then, in the second part, we discuss the biggest struggle of Dave’s life: his 2013 leukaemia diagnosis. This is unflinchingly honest stuff and probably one of the most important chats I’ve ever had on this show, as we discuss how he coped physically and mentally, the support he had from friends, family and industry; and the new perspective he has on life as a cancer survivor.

Dave and Priscilla, 2014

As you’ll hear, Dave has a huge heart, enough stories for ten episodes of this podcast, and a huge appetite for life that verily leaps from the headphones. I’m so glad he came onto the show to share his story, and I hope you enjoy this epic conversation as much as we both did. Salud Dave!

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People Mentioned

Places Mentioned

  • Verbier
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Maui
  • La Grave
  • Newport Beach
  • Snow Summit
  • Mammoth
  • Big Bear
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Lacanau
  • Hossegor
  • Biarritz
  • Moliets
  • Soviet Union
  • Laguna Beach
  • Val Senales
  • Paris
  • Les Diablerets
  • Sölden
  • La Clusaz
  • Chamonix
  • Seignosse
  • Manly
  • La Nord
  • Mundaka
  • Bayonne

Companies/Brands/Organisations/Contests Mentioned

  • EuroSIMA
  • Hollister
  • Rip Curl
  • Sport Guide
  • Patagonia
  • Nike
  • X Games
  • Olympics
  • Alva
  • Independent
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • UCLA
  • University of Bordeaux
  • Mountain High
  • Nitro
  • Mervin Manufacturing
  • Glissexpo
  • World Jungle
  • Third Rail
  • Pro-Lite
  • Shift Custom Rides Snowboards
  • Switch Manufacturing
  • TSA
  • A Snowboard
  • Volcom
  • Arnette
  • Quiksilver
  • Timberland
  • Sector 9
  • NSSA
  • ASP Europe
  • Bowlriders
  • Quik Cup
  • Quiksilver Slopestyle Pro
  • Air & Style
  • The Arctic Challenge
  • Aran Powder Company
  • Board-X
  • Billabong
  • Rip Curl
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Burton Global Open Series
  • ISF
  • US Open
  • Dew Tour
  • Christian Surfers
  • Freeride World Tour
  • Verbier Extreme
  • Epic TV
  • World Cup of Skateboarding