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EPISODE 004: Amber Caudle

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EPISODE 004: Amber Caudle

Chef Amber Caudle is the creator and owner of The Source Cafe in Hermosa Beach, which is a unique artisanal cafe focused on fresh, healthy nutrition. Amber’s career began at 14, spinning cotton candy in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After college, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to begin culinary training and fell in love with the simplicity and passion of Southern Italian cuisine. Amber ultimately moved to Hermosa Beach, California to be the executive chef at his new restaurant, Mediterraneo. Amber cooked, studied in Sorrento Italy and cultivated a deep love for travel and an intricate appreciation for local cuisine. In San Sebastian, Spain, she was enchanted again, this time by Basque food and culture. Returning to Mediterraneo, she discovered the deep healing powers of food.

Today’s conversation goes deep into the roots of Amber’s culinary vision, from small town southern girl to LA culinary maven. Amber talks about the humility of facing her fears and how she found the courage to pursue her dreams. Amber’s sweetness is contagious and her story is truly something for everyone.

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Chef Amber Caudle website www.chefamber.com

Chef Amber instagram @chefamberla

The Source Cafe www.thesourcecafehb.com

“Healing” by David Elliott (Amazon link)

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EPISODE 003: Patrick Lawrence

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EPISODE 003: Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence is a triathlete in training, an original SMOG SD member, and has dedicated himself to a life of transformation and growth.

We explore Patrick’s journey from addiction at a young age to endurance sports stud in present day. Fear was the catalyst for Patrick to turn his life around and live with a higher purpose. Listen in as Patrick details some of his most personal experiences overcoming lifelong fear and addiction.

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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EPISODE 002: Grace Van Der Byl

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EPISODE 002: Grace Van Der Byl

Grace Van Der Byl is a mom, wife, a world class open water swimmer, a national level pool swimmer, and world record holder for Catalina crossing (for both men and women). Her list of open water swimming accomplishments includes many incredible feats such as the 2012 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, winning the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and Arizona SCAR Swim Challenge. She is a race director of the Del Mar Powerhouse Swim and Paddle.

Grace competes in long distance paddling and swim/paddle events and coaches kids at Boys and Girls club in Solana Beach. She gives back to the swimming community and the city of San Diego in huge ways! Ask anyone who knows Grace and they will tell you she is super special.

Today’s conversation dives into Grace’s early start in the water at age 2, and what inspired her to dream bigger and bigger. No stranger to fear, Grace has faced some of the world’s most difficult and treacherous open water swims, and she details what kept her mind in a positive, productive place.

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Connect with Grace on Instagram

8 Bridges Hudson River Swim

Del Mar Powerhouse Swim and Paddle

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EPISODE 001: Intro with Bryan

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EPISODE 001: Intro with Bryan

Welcome to the SMOGCAST! Thank you so much for your support from the start. In short, SMOG is an open water community comprised of all walks of life, from people overcoming fear to Olympic gold medalist. The inception of this podcast was solely inspired by the people of the SMOG community; each with a unique story to tell. The SMOGCAST highlights distinct stories of overcoming fear, personal growth through ocean swimming and the one of a kind SMOG community surrounding it.

Growing up in the Texas heat, Bryan eagerly spent endless hours in the pool. Although competitive swimming was an interest, Bryan was more drawn to the experiential element of being in the water. After humbly realizing he had a significant fear of the open water, Bryan set out to conquer this fear and build a supportive community to help others do the same.

Bryan's first open water group, The Swim Mechanic Ocean Group (SMOG) was launched nearly 10 years ago in Texas. SMOG has since expanded to almost 2,000 members across locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. A true creative, Bryan's passions on land include collecting records, playing drums, and hiking with his Great Dane, Joey. Currently Bryan is having a blast training and racing swimrun races. 

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Music provided by Primaveras (website, spotify, instagram)

So grateful for your support via Patreon.

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