Permastoked with Derik Hyatt

Matt Smolenski - Rockpile Gang Life

December 28, 2020

#PERMASTOKED, Your #Canadian & #GreatLakes #Surf & #SUP Podcast, Episode 24: Matt SmolenskiRockpile Gang Life …Now Available Free for Streaming and Download on the Alexa AppiTunes / Apple Podcasts at,  DeezerPandoraPodbeanGoogle Podcasts at at RadioTuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.  You can also Watch the Show on our YouTube Channel at  Be sure to Listen, Rate, Review and Share!

In this episode, Derik Hyatt interviews Grand Haven, Michigan Native and owner of the midwest shaping shack, SRF MVMT; Matt Smolenski.  Listen as Derik chats with the 2006 ESA Great Lakes  District Short board Champ about being a 2nd generation Great Lakes surfer, surfing Michigan, paying your dues and getting skunked, blowing up secret surf spots, his 15 minutes of fame for rescuing a dog, shaping Great Lakes surfboards, and forming the Rockpile Gang

Connect with Matt Smolenski on Instagram at @srfmvmt and @rockpilegang.

This episode is dedicated to Rrampt. Magazine.  Mahalo to Jesse Wilkinson and Nelson Phillips for Permastoked: Derik Hyatt’s Search for the Ultimate Canadian Wave in Issue #5, Winter 2021.

This episode was recorded on December 15, 2020.  It features explicit language and is not recommended for children.

Due to internet connectivity issues and a poor internet connection, this episode is spotty throughout.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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We acknowledge that this podcast is recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: the People of the Three Fires known as Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomie Nations and further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land.  As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the MétisInuit and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and from around the world, who have stewarded these lands and sacred surf spots for thousands of years.

Mark Malibu & The Wasagas for providing our intro music “Hey Chiwawa” off their 2009 album Crash Monster Beach, our outro music “End of Summer” and “Twelve Year Itch” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas.  For more information, visit and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.

Mahalo to NBC News for photo of Stomach-riding surfer saves dog swept off pier.  No copyright infringement intended.

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