In today’s episode I interview professional windsurfer Sarah Hauser.
Sarah grew up in New Caledonia, a French Island, east of Australia and North of New Zealand. with a population of 300,000 people, She started
windsurfing at 13, and knew that no matter what she had to do it as much as possible.
When Sarah was 18 she went to France for 5 years to earn her masters degree in computer science.
At 23, Sarah was now able to work for big companies, but nothing excited her as much as windsurfing. She decided to fly to Maui alone and enter a windsurfing competition. Sarah had not competed in 5 years, but she ended up getting 5th place and caught the attention of sponsors. Over the next couple years, Sarah gradually took extended trips to Hawaii. She competed in more competitions, met her future husband, and eventually made officially moved to Hawaii to pursue her dream.
Since turning pro in 2015, Sarah is a 2x International Windsurfing Tour Champion, and 3x Windsurfer of the Year.
In our conversation Sarah talks about
-the high altitude training she does on the top of 10,000 ft high volcanoes
-her strategy for when she gets washing-machined by a wave
-what compels her to ride waves that are big enough to kill her
-why she believes people connect so strongly with the ocean
-the multiple jobs she works on the island to fund her athletic career
-her tip for people overcoming their fear of getting pounded by the ocean
-the Bob Marley song she sings when she needs to calm her nerves on the waves
Enjoy my conversation with the fearless, dream-chasing, Sarah Hauser.
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:55 Who is Sarah Hauser?
3:00 Girl on Wave Documentary
3:49 Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
4:15 New Caledonia Sarah’s French Hometown
7:58 What sports did Sarah play as a youth?
9:17 Was Sarah inspired by any women windsurfers?
12:26 How did she manage school and training?
14:10 What does Sarah feel like when she rides a wave?
16:06 Why does Sarah think the ocean is such a magical place?
17:46 Does Sarah get frustrated when she has to wait for waves?
18:45 How does she plan for training with the tides, weather etc.
21:40 What cross training does Sarah do and what does a training session entail?
24:20 What strategy does Sarah use when she under water?
26:11 What longest she’s been stuck under water?
30:02 Meditation? Calm app
30:50 What compelled Sarah to move to Hawaii to windsurf?
34:07 What mindset did she have to follow her dream?
36:27 How did Sarah first start making money in Hawaii?
39:26 Does she enjoy her side job of yoga and personal training? Hauser Lifestyle
42:24 Does Sarah have a coach?
45:21 Does Sarah train solo or in a group?
48:00 Is the windsurfing community competitive or supportive?
50:09 How does Sarah deal with bad conditions during a competition?
53:49 Sarah’s ride on Jaws
55:21 What inspired Sarah to ride the big wave and how did it go?
59:42 What goes thru her mind right before catching a wave?
1:00:14 What does she do to calm herself?
1:01:59 Why is it worth the risk to windsurf?
1:03:57 What Sarah’s first thought this morning?
1:04:23 Sarah’s am routine
1:05:38 What is the biggest misconception that people have about Sarah?
1:06:39 Favorite comedy or TV show
1:07:20 What is the worst advice she’s ever been given?
1:09:17 What is her favorite failure?
1:10:37 Sarah’s crazy habit or belief
1:12:30 What is a simple tip for female athletes?
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