Episode 41: On Letting Go & Surfing Rivers

Featuring Brittany Parker

Also featuring Natali Zollinger

This episode sponsored by Benchmark Maps and Rumpl

River surfing, a niche but growing sport, has taken Brittany Parker from one river to another since 2011, from successful competitions in Colorado, to completing a first descent of the Zambezi River in Africa by stand up paddleboard, to co-founding an instructional river surfing business called RVR 2 RVR. This year, things started off really promising for Brittany-- but then it all changed.

For Brittany, this past season has been one full of trauma, change, transition, growth, and-- as you’ll hear time and again in this episode-- letting go. Because when we go through big changes-- and especially when they’re unplanned-- the key to moving forward is all in how well we can let go of the expectations that were, to make room for what comes next.

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • About Brittany’s new-to-her 1994 Ford Coach House van

  • What river surfing is, and how Brittany first got started doing it

  • How Brittany went from being a novice to a competitive river surfer

  • The accident that changed the course of Brittany’s year in a big way

  • How her close friend and business partner Natali helped Brittany using her Wilderness First Responder training

  • Brittany’s current journey of healing

  • The importance of tuning into your body, no matter your health

  • Her insights on letting go of expectations

  • Brittany and Natali’s whitewater SUP instruction and excursion company, RVR 2 RVR

  • Brittany’s advice for anyone out there wanting to try something new,
    take a risk, or get out on the road.

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Teaching river surfing basics via RVR 2 RVR — photo by Heather Jackson

Teaching river surfing basics via RVR 2 RVR — photo by Heather Jackson

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Brittany in her original van — photo by Heather Jackson

Brittany in her original van — photo by Heather Jackson

All smiles during a downriver competition — photo by Anna Sees Photography

All smiles during a downriver competition — photo by Anna Sees Photography

Brittany Parker and Natali Zollinger, co-founders of RVR 2 RVR — photo by Heather Jackson

Brittany Parker and Natali Zollinger, co-founders of RVR 2 RVR — photo by Heather Jackson


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