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026 – Brian MacKenzie Talks About Viewing Sport As…

Brian MacKenzie aka BMac joins Schep for episode 026 of The Coastal Athlete Program Podcast to talk about what went into writing Power Speed Endurance, breathing for success, and how to view sport as art.  BMac is another one of those guests who has found himself at key pivot points within the field of human performance and if you listen close enough the common themes are starting to emerge.

If you have been listening to us for a while a lot of stuff may sound familiar since Schep and BMac have little to no patience for things that detract from the goal of physical readiness. Train like your life depends on it because ultimately that is in fact the case.

Brian Mackenzie is an expert in the development and application of custom protocols to optimize human health and performance. His work harnesses and integrates respiratory, movement, strength and endurance-based training approaches to elicit unprecedented positive results. His protocols have been used to accelerate and raise both mental and physical performance in world-class Olympic and professional athletes, top exceutives, and elite military operators, as well as to improve the health for people suffering from various chronic illnesses. Everyday people have also used Brian’s tools to reduce pathologic stress and to vastly heighten their mental and physical well being and performance.

A highly unique feature of Brian’s approach is that he voluntarily and repeatedly subjects his protocols to rigorous 3rd party scientific testing, re-testing and improvement, at top institutions including Stanford University School of Medicine, Florida A&M University and The Center for Sports Performance. Few, if any, experts directly seek to apply unbiased laboratory and field testing to their craft as Mackenzie does.

Brian is himself a highly accomplished athlete. He completed the Ironman (Canada, 2004), completed both the The Western States 100 (2006) mile and The Angeles Crest 100 (2007) mile runs using adapted training protocols he developed to avoid injury and fatigue. Also a prolific writer, Brian co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance, The New York Times Best Seller UnBreakable Runner, and UnPlugged, which assesses the integration of emergent technology and human performance. His programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, as well as periodicals such as The Economist. Brian and his protocols have been featured in 4 of Timothy Ferriss’ New York Times bestselling books including: “The 4-Hour Body” and “Tools of Titans”.

Brian MacKenzie’s programs have been taught at more than 400 seminars worldwide and are used by thousands of athletes ranging from beginners to elite medalists and record holders via his “Power, Speed, Endurance” platform and by private consultation.

Currently, Brian is the Creative Director at Power Speed Endurance a company focused on the optimization of human performance, corporate performance and the delivery of science based protocols to optimize physical, emotional and cognitive performance for health.

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008 – (Update For May) The Coastal Athlete Program

The Coastal Athlete Program Podcast is stepping up to weekly episodes through the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere to provide as much quality content for water rescue professionals as possible during the tourist season.

  • Joe is getting his mobile recording set up online so we are doubling our range.
  • Schep & Joe are coming to Mendocino for the Water Rescue Rodeo and will be offering a class on the alternate day of the event.
  • Episodes dedicated to the true cost of water sports goods, examining the human and natural cost of things like rubber/foam/polyurethane
  • Product reviews
  • Summer Special Events! like the 3rd Chum Challenge


The guys are ready to hit the road the provide CAP Classes in your area on the Pacific Rim, specifically for water rescue professionals or any group of water sports enthusiasts. Schep and Joe have fins, boards, paddles, and small craft standing at the ready to come to your town! Contact us HERE or via any of our social media channels.

  • 10 students minimum per session
  • 20 students maximum per session

As we begin to offer mobile classes we will talk about them on the podcast, so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss your chance to try out a CAP Class for yourself.


MAY 19 OR 20



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007 – Swim Fin History

Swim Fin History 

Doc’ Joe Jackson and Schep are back, this time to discuss an in-depth analysis of swim fin history their design progression through time. From DaVinci to WWII to Mavericks we outline the evolution of the most well-known name brands and dive, pun intended, into what has made them so successful.

Swim Fin History

  • Polynesian swimmers w/ hard palm leaves tied to their feet some dried palm leaves were even coated in tar or natural latex (Churchill witness 1930’s) 
  • Leonardo Da Vinci (15th century) 

  • Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (17th century) 

  • Benjamin Franklin (18th century) As a child he loved swimming as fancied himself a sailor. He would affix wood planks to his hands and feet – “artist palette” shaped) documented in the Smithsonian  

Louis de Corlieu (1914-1939)  In 1914 the 1st prototype were designed by French naval officers, 1924 Corlieu left the Navy to work on his fin, in 1933 he received a patent (767013) for fins and paddle combo,  and mass production began in 1939 after selling a Churchill purchased a license from him.

propulseurs de natation et de sauvetage translated as “swimming and rescue propulsion device”

Churchill renamed the design as Swimfins which is still used in English today.  He went to the US Navy to demonstrate their value and application which,  and the subsequent order allowed the gear to shine in battles of World War 2. Churchill fins left prints on the Normandy beaches attached to the feet of  “Naked Warriors” as they cleared landing sites for the invasion.

Fun fact Owen Churchill is a gold medalist, yacht racing 8m, 1932

Open Strap Heel

  • 1946 Skin Divers and Duckfeet and custom duck feet (what we use modern duckfeet wise) (Spearfisherman the fin company was started 1945 by Arthur Brown later sold in 1955 to Swimaster, which became Voit in the early 1960’s 1st to use rails or ribs for stiffness and power

  • 1948 Italian cressi-sub and Luigi Ferraro came up with a closed foot (closed heel) fin design
  • 1949-50 Udt’s, a larger version on the Duck  Feet fin (both have duck feet still written on them) in use on record w/ US Navy through Vietnam with the Frogmen (fighting on land as sea)
  • 1964 Georges Beuchat designed and produced the jet fin (Scubapro Jet Fin)
  • 1980’s or 1990’s Dr. Greg Deet rescued the UDT fin mold after production had been moved down to Mexico. Rumor had it they were sitting behind a barn in TJ 

Viper Swim Fin History

  • 1st released 1982 
  •   I-Beam 7” black no drainage holes 
  • Mid-late 80’s 
  •   V7/ V5 yellow and orange dots iconic colorway 
  • 2014 injection molded rubber fins were made as an update. The new rubber didn’t require the use of paddling, the rubber was smooth enough not to make your feet a bloody mess 
  •   Vectors V7/ V5 yellow/ orange
  • 2015 vector V7/v5 blk/ grey 
  • 2016 New yellow dots V7’s v’5 
  • *Weird rubber in late 90’s early 00’s in both the v5 and v7* 

DaFin history

Yucca Surf Fin History

In 2016 Sean Straky made an update of one of his favorite fins for bodysurfing the wedge, what he came up with is considered by the hosts of the show to be the best fin on the market.

3 rubber variations 

  • Potato soft 
  • Regular 
  • Stiffs for the grooms that said “bring the stiffest fin you make ol’ man”

Features an open heel design similar to the Viper V5 with updated ventilation holes at the toes on the bottom side of the fin to help drain sand and gravel that ends up in your fins 

When will we see a 7”? Joe is patiently waiting.


Dr Jackson’s collection


Owen Churchill info

A little fin history

UDT fin history

UDT Fin History part 2

Duckfeet history 

The History of: Duck Feet

Spearfisherman company

Swim fin history Swell lines 

Swimming Propellers: History of the Swim Fin

Swim fin history ISHOF

Fin history (snorkeling)

Bodysurf and equipment history 

SwimFin history (wiki)

Swim fin history aqua gear

Ben Franklin fin journal entry

SwimFin Rails 

The Fin Rail

Weird fin designs 

Strange Designs: Swim Fin Artistry

Jet fin history

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CAP Classes Motivational Video

This 1-minute motivational video gives you a sneak peek into diverse skills we teach in CAP classes. Make sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel and Twitter account for alerts when we post new videos.