The Surf Strong Show

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Phil, the founder of Rise Up Retreats, discusses the evolution of his surf retreat business and the challenges and rewards of running a people-focused company. He emphasizes the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive environment for guests and the value of connection and community. Philip also shares his journey of finding balance between work and personal well-being, as well as his commitment to giving back to the community through Rise Up Kids International. 

  • Creating a supportive and welcoming environment is crucial for a successful retreat experience.
  • Balancing work and personal well-being is essential for long-term success and fulfillment.
  • Connection and community are key aspects of a fulfilling surf retreat experience.
  • Giving back to the community can have a positive impact and create meaningful change.
  • Finding balance and setting boundaries is important for personal growth and well-being. Barbados offers incredible surfing opportunities and a strong connection to the ocean.
  • Small interactions can have a profound impact on one's day and should be embraced.
  • Understanding the technical aspects of surfing deepens the connection to the ocean.
  • Surfing with family can be a special and meaningful experience.
  • Rise Up Retreats focuses on creating amazing experiences and connecting people.

00:00 Introduction and High Season

02:03 The Beginnings of Rise Up Retreats

03:00 Expansion to Other Locations

04:06 Challenges and Changes

05:31 Logistics and Stability

06:40 Balancing Work and Personal Life

07:28 Creating a Welcoming and Supportive Environment

09:32 The Importance of Connection and Community

11:19 Improving Surfing Skills On and Off the Wave

13:07 Balancing Work and Personal Well-being

14:58 Leadership and Growth

16:08 The Privilege of Working with People

18:59 Protecting Personal Energy and Boundaries

20:44 Creating a Dream Life

23:21 Giving Back to the Community

25:57 A Day on a Rise Up Retreat

28:02 Barbados and the Path to Surfing

34:41 Connection to Barbados and Surfing

39:50 Barbados: A Hard Place to Describe

40:00 Surfing in Barbados

41:06 The Power of Small Interactions

42:20 Growing Up in Barbados

42:51 The Waves in Barbados

43:22 Easy Access to Different Spots in Barbados

44:13 Understanding the Ocean and Surfing

44:59 The Language of Surfers

46:19 The Nuances of Surfing

47:03 The Weather and Surfing

48:13 The Motivation to Surf

49:06 Surfing with Family

50:06 The Connection to the Ocean

51:18 Connecting with Students from Morro Bay

52:28 Unlikely Connections

53:58 Focus on Nicaragua for Rise Up Retreats

54:38 Creating Amazing Experiences

55:19 Building a Strong Foundation in Nicaragua

56:14 Rebuilding and Restructuring After COVID

57:05 Connecting People and Creating Positive Change

57:53 Surrounding Yourself with Positive People

58:30 Conclusion

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