The Post Session Podcast has become a favorite among local surfers, one that is best paired with a cup of coffee and/or breakfast burrito. Hosted by Wrightsville Beach surfing enthusiasts Ashley Chapman and Laurel Senick, the podcast covers a variety of topics, from the prevalence of Christianity among surfers to the impact that learning to surf has on those dealing with autism.
“The whole thing started over our mutual love for microphones, coffee and ocean adventure,” Chapman says. “Once we started writing episodes, we quickly realized that we truly love sharing our experiences with others and inviting insightful guests on the show to do the same.”
One episode that has gained traction is Curvy Surfer Girl, in which a former defense lobbyist discusses her motivations for starting a movement challenging the images and representations of women put forth by the surf industry.
Chapman and Senick’s interview with John Pike from Surfers Healing is also worth a listen.
Surfers Healing is focused on exposing children with autism to the calming and therapeutic world of surfing. Pike founded the Wilmington chapter after his child was diagnosed at the age of 2. With a crew of dedicated, competent and compassionate volunteers, the charity’s services are always free for participants.
A recent insightful guest was C.J. Hobgood, a former pro surfer who won the world title in 2001. Hobgood discusses how his Christianity has made him a bit of an anomaly in the surfing community and how his secret to staying grounded is rooted in being thankful.
Since the beginning of the podcast in the winter of 2019, Chapman and Senick have released new episodes on a biweekly basis. The podcast is available on all the major podcast carriers, including Google, Apple, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and more. Carrier options are also listed on the Post Session Podcast website.
“One thing I love about this podcast is the predictable format,” Senick says. “Our audience knows what to expect. My favorite segment is Post Session Notes, where we share about our most recent water adventures.”
Chapman is a champion freediver who holds three world records in the sport. She only recently leveraged her experience in the water to start surfing.
“I just started surfing and I am loving it!” she says. “Laurel screams at me to paddle and I just do what she says.”