Welcome to The Waterpeople Podcast, a gathering for our global ocean community to dive into the critical conversations of our culture –  through storytelling.

We wanted an inclusive place to share stories from diverse voices within surfing culture —  and from all kinds of waterpeople — from around the world.

We begin each episode with a simple question: “Tell us about a time or experience after which you were never the same…” We sit with some of the most adept waterpeople on the planet to explore common themes of aquatic lives lived well: ecology, adventure, community, activism, science, egalitarianism, inclusivity, meaningful play.  And surfing, of course.

We hope you’ll listen with us.

In gratitude,

Lauren & Dave


Lauren L. Hill  question asker


Lauren L. Hill is a surfer and writer. Much to her own surprise, Lauren managed to make a career as a “professional freesurfer” over the last decade. Backed by degrees in Environmental and Social Science, she develops projects that revolve around the power of storytelling to build community and inspire action to protect our planet. @theseakin

Dave Rastovich  anecdote adder

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Dave Rastovich is an aquatic wombat who also happens to be one of the finest wave riders on the planet. From bodysurfing one-footers to scouting off the radar bombies, Dave has made a life and livelihood out of reading and riding water. He founded the NGO Surfers for Cetaceans and mostly refuses to make concrete plans for the future out of respect for ocean conditions.

Ben J Alexander  sound engineer & music maker

Ben J Alexander is a multi-media creator living by the sea. Feeding his stoke designing sonic & visual experiences. Behind lenses and with instruments in hand, his mission is to give projects their own unique sound & aesthetic.