This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is a little shift from our typical beachy episodes. We’re going indoors, with one of the greatest liberos of all-time in Erik Shoji. In Paris, Erik will make his third Olympic roster, in search of his second Olympic medal (he won a bronze in 2016). We cover quite a bit in this insightful chat, including:

  • His childhood, as the son of the legendary Dave Shoji and younger brother of Kawika, an all-American setter as well as an Olympian
  • How Michael Gervais’ new book, the First Rule of Mastery, led to a huge breakthrough this season from a mental standpoint
  • How he has never been burned out, despite playing the same position since his freshman year of college at Stanford
  • The beauties and challenges of life overseas

And so, so much more. Erik is incredibly well-spoken and thoughtful, and this is an episode y’all will surely enjoy!



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