How To

Welcome to the How To series, where we dive in and discover the How To’s of life with the ones who’ve lived it. No topic is off limits as we discuss everything under the sun with people who are experts in their field and want to teach others where to begin. Want to learn how to surf? Let former surf instructor Eivind Lea show you the ropes. Have you always wanted to make money by playing music, but don't know how to start? Listen to professional musician Francis Roberts share his decades of wisdom.

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Feb. 18, 2021

How To Surf

In this episode of The Educator Podcast: How To, I interview longtime surfer and former surf instructor Eivind Lea, where we teach beginning surfers how to stand up and catch their first wave using a simple, 4-step process.

Eivind's lessons will make sure you have fun even when you’re falling down. We’ve also got tons of tips for you kooks and groms out there trying to move up to intermediate and advanced surfers, plus important discussions on topics like safety, proper equipment, and how to tell sharks in the water from dolphins! \m/

Have you always wanted to learn how to surf? Eivind teaches a simple, 4-step process that is critical for beginners to learn and also quite helpful for more advanced surfers looking to up their game. The steps to successfully riding your first wave are:

1.      Assess the playground

2.      Assess the waves

3.      Practice catching waves

4.      Practice standing up

We’ve also got tons of tips for how to paddle out into the break and catch your first green wave, how to improve your paddling technique, wave timing, and a lot more. We discuss longboards vs. shortboards, which wetsuits to use, ocean safety, and why ultimately the most important thing to do is simply go out there and enjoy the stoke.

Want to jump ahead in the episode?


How to Surf for Beginners: 4:30
Proper Equipment: 29:30
Safety: 34:45
Tips for Intermediate and Advanced Surfers: 40:15
Eivind’s Life and the Love of Surfing: 50:30
Sharks :-O : 59:00


Eivind Lea is a longtime surfer and former surf instructor who first began surfing over 15 years ago. He has worked as an ASI certified level 1 surf-instructor in Portugal, he’s a SurfShop.No, Vitamin Well and BareBells ambassador and in 2019 he finished 4th place in the Norwegian Surf Cup. Yes, you read that right. He’s from and currently lives just outside of Oslo, Norway, and believe it or not that’s where you can usually find him in the water shredding waves. To find more of Eivind and his surfing adventures around the world, follow him on Instagram.

Useful links:

Eivind Lea on Instagram
ASI - Academy of Surfing Instructors


Jan. 14, 2021

How To Make a Living as a Professional Musician


In this episode of the Educator Podcast: How To, I interview longtime professional musician Francis Roberts, where we discuss the hidden details of the life of a professional musician and how to make a living in today’s music industry. 



Have you always wanted to be a musician? Have you wondered how to make it happen? Are you just curious to learn what the real life of a musician is like? Join Francis and I for a fascinating, in-depth discussion of the realities of the music industry the way it really is, not how it’s portrayed on tv and social media. We discuss everything from the dozens of ways you can make a living with music, how to get started whether you’re a high school student or a working adult, the reality of drugs, alcohol and the day-to-day life of working musicians, and how to hold onto your passion while still earning a paycheck, even if it’s just for fun. 

Francis’ words of wisdom are deep, poignant, often hilarious and constantly surprising. You’re sure to learn a lot, whether music is your life’s calling or just a hobby you’re starting to explore. 

Francis Roberts is a songwriter, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and music teacher based in San Diego, CA. He is best known for his role as the vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter for the bands Old Man Wizard and King Gorm and for his past role in the pirate-themed outfit The Dread Crew of Oddwood. He has produced and composed dozens of albums, worked on film scores, and runs his own YouTube channel.


Useful links:
FrancisRoberts on YouTube
FrancisRoberts on Instagram
King Gorm - Beyond Black Rainbow


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