The Joy of SUP - The Paddleboarding Sunshine Podcast
Libby Bowles - SUP with a Shark, Believing in Yourself, River Wye and homemade Deliciously Ella food bars
February 18, 2022
I am thrilled to welcome Libby Bowles to The Joy of SUP Podcast today.
I first met Libby via Instagram and was struck by her commitment to the oceans and her energy for life. I was fortunate enough to meet and stay with her in Bristol when I went to Shextreme Film Festival and she is even more wonderful in person.
In this episode we talk about:
- Diving with whale sharks
- Research with the world's leading expert on manta rays
- Her first paddleboarding moment in Byron Bay in 2011
- SUP with a juvenile white shark and the wonder it brought
- Accidentally becoming an accountant
- Changing careers to follow her true passion and purpose
- Qualifying in different disciplines and skills to become indispensable to expeditions
- Believing in yourself - despite what others say
- Adventures on the River Wye for her 40th birthday - multi day trips
- Being a proud Fatsticks Ambassador and their commitment to becoming plastic free
- Cycling New Zealand on a bamboo bike speaking to 1000s of children about the ocean
- Writing education courses for Surfers Against Sewage
- Working with City to Sea on the environmental impact of period products
- Encouraging her students to believe in themselves when others doubt
- Combining her love for the sea with her education skills to improve the world
- The environmental damage done to the River Wye and trying to make a difference
- A new friendship via a Message in a Bottle
- The plastic bottle boat in Bristol Harbour with Hubbub
- The joy of paddleboarding in Bristol Harbour and the Kennet and Avon Canal
- SUP with a Pup with Pip her rescue dog
- Making Deliciously Ella's recipe for oats and dates bar
- Litter picking missions supported by the National Trust
- Adventures in Mexico, Ecaudor, Mozambique and Indonesia
- The Palm Peyto and why she loves it
- Paddleboarding in Cornwall with Vertical Blue
- Libby also gave a TEDx Talk
You can find Libby here:
I hope you find this episode as fascinating as I did. I would love to hear if you can relate to things she tells us about!
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Wishing you sunshine, thank you for listening, Jo x
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