new speakers | January 09, 2013

Braving The Elements: George Kourounis On How To Weather Any Storm

Most people run from extreme weather. George Kourounis, on the other hand, is constantly putting himself in the storm's path—intentionally. One of the world's most active storm chasers, and our newest speaker, Kourounis is the first person to have filmed inside of three of the most fierce natural forces on the planet: a tornado, the eye of a hurricane, and an active volcano. 15 years ago he began chasing storms and has since explored all types of exhilarating natural phenomena. From monster hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico to forest fires in British Columbia, he is always smack in the middle of the action with the camera rolling and a gripping narrative to accompany the awe-inspiring footage.

Best known for his smash-hit adventure show Angry Planet (now broadcast in over 100 countries), Kourounis' travels have appeared on Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, and CNN. His speech topics include a behind-the-scenes look at some of his most hair-raising exploits, and a front-line analysis of how climate change is affecting the planet. He inspires his audiences to step out of their comfort zones and try something new. "I'm not saying that people should run into hurricanes or take a rubber raft out onto a lake of sulphuric acid like I do,"  but just to step out of their everyday life and do the things that they've always wanted to do but were too afraid to actually try," he says on his website. "It is amazing what people are capable of if they just face their fears and go for it. Overcoming personal obstacles like that makes for some of the best memories and proudest moments of our lives."

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