Surf Memphis Podcast

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Carly and Christy are joined by their lucky 100th couchsurfer Rike for a home recording extravaganza. Rike is an amazing German woman who is for some reason traveling across America twice in five weeks. They chat about a balloon-filled surprise party at 7am, what it’s like to have 100 strangers pass through your home, and the quirky people you meet on Amtraks.
In this episode, it’s just family as Christy and Carly recount their experience hitchhiking through Scotland. Spending 9 days around the country and into the highlands of Scotland, they reminisce about their best and worst couchsurfing experience of all time, nerd out about seeing real life Harry Potter landmarks, dish on sneaking into a castle at midnight and tell the tale of spending a night in a ritual stone circle hearing fairy tales under the northern lights. They also sit down with Josh Campbell of Dad and I and Spillit to talk about the story telling event Surf Memphis is hosting on July 28th. Spillit Event: to Huey's for sponsoring us! Check out their weekly trivia nights and happy hour specials!
In this episode, Christy and Carly chat with their couchsurfers Alex and Katherine, a couple from Denmark. Alex and Katherine are road tripping in a van across the Americas, with the goal of making it up to Alaska and down to Patagonia. We chat about living in a van, the time Alex was in four Iranian police stations in one day, and the Danish art of coziness.
Is it impossible to recreate some of the best moments in your life? In this episode, Christy and Carly invite a previous surfer, Will, to call in from the UK and chat about his experience over the Summer. We reminicise about Memphis comedy, get deep about how travel changes your perspective, and shed some light on the mysterious Voodoo Village. 
On the eve of 901 day, as Christy and Carly leave milk and cookies out for Justin Timberlake, they also sit down with Memphis enthusiast and couchsurfing host Rob for a Memphis filled history lesson. They have their minds blown with historical fun facts about Memphis, discuss being a tourist in your own city, and contemplate getting a cake with their faces on it to celebrate their friendaversary.SPONSOR:Check out Launch Process Coffee located at 584 Tillman!
In a weird twist of fate, Carly and Christy end up chatting with two Irish lads, one whom they have had an almost run in with in the past. They talk about writing songs for the cities you visit, being a good tourist in Memphis, and public schools turned into bars. Sudio Sponsor 15% with code MEMPHISFind Cathal's album "Friendly Shores" on Spotify
When a surfer cancels on Carly and Christy, they take to the Internet to answer your questions, share travel stories about Polish smelly cat, self-cleaning bathrooms, and the time Christy stayed with a nudist. We introduce a new segment called "One Amazing Thing Christy Has Done," and reminisce about couchsurfers of the past.
In this episode, Christy and Carly chat with Clay and Lindsay, a married couple traveling the Blues Highway. Clay and Lindsay currently live in Austin, Texas and host a podcast called Geeking on Music. They chat about the idea of authentic travel, how music connects people across cultures, how couchsurfing allows us to put a face to a country, and why it's useful to have friends who are slower than you when hiking. 
In the first official episode, Carly and Christy sit down with their couchsurfer Victor who is a French man living in Nashville. Victor has been an active member of couchsurfing since 2009, and has traveled all over the United States to learn about the blues. He studied folklore at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill after moving to the US from Lille, France. They chat with Victor about his experiences with couchsurfing, perceptions of the blues in France vs the US, and how awesome his mom is. Find out how a French man became fascinated with the blues and grew up dreaming of visiting the Mississippi Delta. He even played an original song at the end as treat.
In this all female episode of Surf Memphis, Christy and Carly sit down with Katie, a couchsurfer who has come back for a third time to stay in Memphis and a friend Melissa, fresh off her first trip. In this episode we talk about Solo Female Travel, German cocktails, squatting in Australia and the time Christy won the Airsex Championship in New Orleans. 
In this episode Christy and Carly sit down to talk about Workaway, a website much like couchsurfing that has slipped into their hearts. They talk about why their couchsurfer Judy split from her life in Australia, how Carly stole Wi-Fi in Portugal, and peel back the mystery on a big banana car touring the country.SPONSORED BY:Miles 4 Milla's House is raising funds and awareness for the newest location of the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, Milla's House. Donate and learn more at
What happens when you're so hungover that you miss your 7am flight to Nashville? You record a podcast episode with your couchsurfing hosts, of course! In this episode, Christy and Carly sit down with Bre, a young Australian girl who after working at SXSW decides to spend a week in Memphis. They talk about pranks, what Australians think of Americans, finding yourself, and peanut butter baby. 
Christy and Carly are joined by a traveling duo of British sisters who made their way to their couch despite accidentally showing up a day early. They chat about what it's like traveling with your sibling, how hard it is to pass a driver's test and what happens when you have too much luggage for a tiny house. We also get deep about conquering fears of speaking on a podcast and being surrounded by sunflowers. Thanks to Huey's for sponsoring us! Check out their weekly trivia nights and happy hour specials!
In a two-for-one special on couchsurfers, Christy and Carly are joined in the studio by two solo travelers, Linn and Bonnie. Linn has roots in both Norway and China, and is traveling around the U.S. for three months, while Bonnie is from Maryland and at the last leg of a long distance cycling trip. They chat about what comes next after a long trip, getting free food at the drive thru, and how to get a discount at a seedy motel based on appearance alone.  Remember to nominate Surf Memphis for best local podcast at by Friday 5/30. Check out our newest sponsor Sudio Sweden! Fasionable/high quality bluetooth headphones. Use promo code MEMPHIS at checkout for 15% off!Fill out our listener survey so we can make our show better for you!
In this episode, Christy and Carly are joined by Mark Brimble, resident British scientist and host of the Dr. Heckle Podcast. They talk about drunkenly trying to buy, transplanting to Memphis, becoming a professional British wedding greeter, and how a European hiking trip turned boys to men. Fill out our listener survey! mention the Judgmental Map of Memphis which you can find here: out our sponsor, Miles4Milla at and sign up for the May 19th bike race with an afterparty at Wiseacre!
In this special edition episode of Surf Memphis Radio, Christy and Carly discuss the amazing connection between couchsurfing and music. They recount Christy playing her first open mic with a couchsurfer, how jamming in their living room brings them closer to their guests, and share some music from the talented travelers who have surfed on their couch.Songs Played:"I Won't Back Down" by Go BarefootBand from South Africa them on Spotify and Bandcamp!"The Monday Club" by Al GordonSinger/Songwriter from England him on Bandcamp!"Megazord" by The MezazordBand of Israeli musician Gilad Levin Thanks to Mempho Music Festival, which will take place October 6th and 7th at Shelby Farms Park. Head to to purchase tickets! 
The moment we've all been waiting for! Christy and Carly finally call their most memorable couchsurfer exactly a year later. Tomek is an amazing, hitchhiking couchsurfer from Poland who reminisces about his time in Memphis and America, dishes on the craziest thing that's ever happened to him, and spills the details on the America-themed bar he's about to open in Warsaw. In loving memory of Tomek the Fish, who passed away after this recording. October 2017-June 29, 2018
Christy and Carly sit down with the wonderful Meredith and Baylee of Sofar Sounds Memphis to chat about their favorite local music event. They discuss how couchsurfing led to the beginning of Sofar Memphis, how the artists are selected, and why intimate music shows are the best thing on Earth. Head to to get tickets to the Sofar Sounds One Year Anniversary Show on August 18th! Find them on Twitter: and Instagram: 
Surf Memphis is hosted by Christy and Carly, two twenty something best friends living together in Midtown who invite strangers from all the world to come stay with them for free through Couchsurfing, showing them Memphis, sharing meals, and playing music together. In this episode Carly and Christy explain the concept of couchsurfing, what being new to Memphis is like and share some stories from their travels and as well as stories from hosting over 60 people in the city of Memphis so far. More about the hosts:Carly, originally from New York moved to Memphis in June of 2017. Carly enjoys sweet potatoes, getting lost, Ikea and rapping Hamilton. Carly has traveled through couchsurfing, hostel hopping and workaway in 12 countries.Christy is originally from Arkansas and moved to Memphis in August of 2015. She enjoys hot wings, Tiny Desk concerts, scaring Carly, and oversharing. So far Christy has travelled through workaway, backpacking, and couchsurfing in 17 countries.
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Jan 24th, 2018
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