ABOUT THE SHOW
AWOL - Air Water Or Land, is a series that showcases truly tangible outdoor experiences, no matter if you're a seasoned thrill seeker or complete newcomer. A show that offered a fun and approachable take on exploring and outdoor adventure travel for the working class traveler did not exist - until now, that is. Once in a lifetime experiences are around every corner, and luxury can look however you want. You sometimes just need someone to offer a different take on the road less traveled. AWOL is about trying new experiences, flavors, and customs, and saying ‘yes’ to those unforgettable moments of spontaneity that only happen when we travel.
Our host, Angel Verde, wants to inspire his audience to follow his lead and experience for themselves the true essence of the places they can visit by forgoing the tourist norms, embracing a local state of mind, and seeking out their next adventure.
Season 1 of AWOL - Air Water or Land, will premiere on AMAZON PRIME VIDEO in early 2019, reaching Amazon's estimated 46+ million active Amazon Prime Video subscribers.
Angel "David" Verde, was born in the capital city of Honduras. He immigrated to the United States at a young age with his older sister and mother, moving to coastal South Carolina and later to a small mountain town in Virginia.
Travel was a luxury for his family growing up, leaving most travel to day trips within an hour's drive of home.
This sparked Angel's lifelong passion for the outdoors, though - a place open and free to everyone, where all he needed was some water and a packed lunch, and he was left with endless miles of forest, trails, nearby rivers, and streams to explore.
In addition to being an avid outdoorsman, Angel has been a performer since a young age, studying music in school and later finding his way into radio broadcasting and DJing. He is also a veteran who served for 6 years in the U.S. Air Force, doing 3 tour in the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Angel worked in radio early on as a board operator, program manager, and evening show host. In 2014 he produced and starred in a 5-episode web series on street culture and fashion. In 2016, he began working for a Canadian produced travel show called Facing Waves where he guest hosted and produced online video content. After leaving Facing Waves, he worked as crew on a new PBS travel series, Beyond Your Backyard in 2017.
On The Outdoors
Angel credits his early love for the outdoors to his mother, who took him on hikes or to swim at the nearby river almost weekly. He joined the Scouts which afforded him the opportunity to go camping often and try new activities he would have otherwise never been able to afford to try due to cost or equipment needed. However, once he turned 15 he started working after-school jobs to literally save up and buy equipment, turning his late teens into one long adventure.
Angel never claims to be a traveling expert, just one fortunate guy who happens to travel a lot for his line of work and has learned a thing or two. Because of his modest upbringing he is quite frugal when traveling, which often leads him to discover some of the more genuine sides of towns, cities, and roadside stops far from tourist centers while simultaneously gravitating toward the outdoor offerings that destinations hold.
He loves to fly but will tell you, there is no better way to see the world than by backroads in a car or by walking the streets of any city with no agenda other than to get lost. He knows the best food is often in no frills holes in the wall, the best music is often played in back yards, and the connections you make with people in the outdoors are the most authentic you’ll ever experience. This is what draws him to nature and why he shares it to the world through AWOL.