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The Slyde Team recently connected with Dean Gladstone, a Heroic Lifeguard, Australian Reality TV Star seen on "Bondi Rescue" and bodysurfing 

Can you give us a Quick Bio:

I grew up in water.  If I wasn’t at the beach I would be swimming, training or in the backyard pool.  As I got older it progressed to surfing and body surfing.  When swimming in the surf life saving we used to race round the buoys and get a wave back to shore and run up the beach. I wanted to work near the ocean and Lifeguarding seemed like a natural progression of what I love to do.  I’m in the ocean almost every day.

Who inspired you to be a Waterman & Lifeguard? How?

My family inspired me! My sister was an amazing swimmer who was unlucky not to go to the olympics in my opinion, and dad was an ocean lover. We grew up having bodysurfing competitions to see who could hold a wave all the way to shore. When I finished school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.  All I knew I was wanted to be near or around the water.

What's the Wildest rescue situation you've experienced as a lifeguard?

I think it was 2004 or 2005 and it was a busy day at Bondi with 25,000 on the beach it was steamy hot, but we knew there was a storm coming ( great news for the Lifeguards if you want a quiet afternoon) the storm cleared the beach.  It's amazing when it clears a crowd like that. I remember thinking how strange it was that other people don’t notice the storm coming.

About 60 meters away from the tower an Irish doctor by the name of Colin O’Biran got struck and "killed" by a bolt of lightening. I went out in to the electrical storm with some other lifeguards and I picked up Colin's lifeless body together we chucked him on the back of our ATV and took him under the lifeguard tower out of the storm where we bought him back to life.

His 2 surfing companions where both doctors also and I remember the yelling match we had with them as we tried to help,  they quickly realized we knew what we were doing and let us do our thing. I don’t remember if the defib shocked him but after 25 minutes of CPR he left with a pulse,  but not conscious. 6 months later he returned to the tower as he was heading back to Ireland, he was in a wheel chair but had just learned to walk again.

Tell us about Bondi Beach, what are some personal highlights you feel makes it so popular?

Bondi beach is the busiest stretch of sand in Australia its the second most visited tourist location behind the opera house at about 2 million visitor per year. It's very close to the CBD and the Opera House and Harbor Bridge and is now increasing visited by the rich and famous. It is a very naturally beautifully spot and has lots of color and characters from so many different strains of locals.

Where's your ultimate surf/bodysurf destination? Why?

Bali is a favourite for many Australians its close the famous waves like Uluwatu and its great value. In 2008 we filmed Bondi Rescue Bali where we lived in Bali and trained with the locals, teaching them some of our skills and learning some of theres. After that I always wanted to live in Bali for a year or so. The dream came true after the birth of my son in 2014 we packed the house and moved overseas for 7 months where I got some amazing waves. some great ones with my daughter

How would you describe your the feeling you get when using a Slyde Handboard?

Being in the ocean is my type of meditation,  particularly when the waves are big and being on a Slyde Handboard makes that magical feeling of riding a wave even better.

What 3 celebrities would you most like to be on a partywave with?

I do get the pleasure of taking people in the ocean and seeing them get a wave for the first time its so awesome.  I love being in the water with happy positive people it makes it that much better. I can’t really think to choose any celebs, but people that haven’t experienced the magic of the ocean before then they get a guided tour always love it.

What can we anticipate in Season 11 of "Bondi Rescue”?

Truth is stranger then fiction. Bondi Rescue is unpredictable, that's what amazes me you can never guess what will happen.

Any closing thoughts of wisdom for bodysurfers in the States who have never been to Oz?

Come visit you guys will love it!

Want to catch Dean & his mates in all the Bondi Beach madness check out Season 11 of "Bondi Rescue" which premiers March 15th 2016 here

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March 07, 2016

Get Swept Away With Bondi Rescue LifeGuard Dean Gladstone

dean gladstone bondi rescue

The Slyde Team recently connected with Dean Gladstone, a Heroic Lifeguard, Australian Reality TV Star seen on "Bondi Rescue" and bodysurfing 

Can you give us a Quick Bio:

I grew up in water.  If I wasn’t at the beach I would be swimming, training or in the backyard pool.  As I got older it progressed to surfing and body surfing.  When swimming in the surf life saving we used to race round the buoys and get a wave back to shore and run up the beach. I wanted to work near the ocean and Lifeguarding seemed like a natural progression of what I love to do.  I’m in the ocean almost every day.

Who inspired you to be a Waterman & Lifeguard? How?

My family inspired me! My sister was an amazing swimmer who was unlucky not to go to the olympics in my opinion, and dad was an ocean lover. We grew up having bodysurfing competitions to see who could hold a wave all the way to shore. When I finished school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.  All I knew I was wanted to be near or around the water.

What's the Wildest rescue situation you've experienced as a lifeguard?

I think it was 2004 or 2005 and it was a busy day at Bondi with 25,000 on the beach it was steamy hot, but we knew there was a storm coming ( great news for the Lifeguards if you want a quiet afternoon) the storm cleared the beach.  It's amazing when it clears a crowd like that. I remember thinking how strange it was that other people don’t notice the storm coming.

About 60 meters away from the tower an Irish doctor by the name of Colin O’Biran got struck and "killed" by a bolt of lightening. I went out in to the electrical storm with some other lifeguards and I picked up Colin's lifeless body together we chucked him on the back of our ATV and took him under the lifeguard tower out of the storm where we bought him back to life.

His 2 surfing companions where both doctors also and I remember the yelling match we had with them as we tried to help,  they quickly realized we knew what we were doing and let us do our thing. I don’t remember if the defib shocked him but after 25 minutes of CPR he left with a pulse,  but not conscious. 6 months later he returned to the tower as he was heading back to Ireland, he was in a wheel chair but had just learned to walk again.

Tell us about Bondi Beach, what are some personal highlights you feel makes it so popular?

Bondi beach is the busiest stretch of sand in Australia its the second most visited tourist location behind the opera house at about 2 million visitor per year. It's very close to the CBD and the Opera House and Harbor Bridge and is now increasing visited by the rich and famous. It is a very naturally beautifully spot and has lots of color and characters from so many different strains of locals.

Where's your ultimate surf/bodysurf destination? Why?

Bali is a favourite for many Australians its close the famous waves like Uluwatu and its great value. In 2008 we filmed Bondi Rescue Bali where we lived in Bali and trained with the locals, teaching them some of our skills and learning some of theres. After that I always wanted to live in Bali for a year or so. The dream came true after the birth of my son in 2014 we packed the house and moved overseas for 7 months where I got some amazing waves. some great ones with my daughter

How would you describe your the feeling you get when using a Slyde Handboard?

Being in the ocean is my type of meditation,  particularly when the waves are big and being on a Slyde Handboard makes that magical feeling of riding a wave even better.

What 3 celebrities would you most like to be on a partywave with?

I do get the pleasure of taking people in the ocean and seeing them get a wave for the first time its so awesome.  I love being in the water with happy positive people it makes it that much better. I can’t really think to choose any celebs, but people that haven’t experienced the magic of the ocean before then they get a guided tour always love it.

What can we anticipate in Season 11 of "Bondi Rescue”?

Truth is stranger then fiction. Bondi Rescue is unpredictable, that's what amazes me you can never guess what will happen.

Any closing thoughts of wisdom for bodysurfers in the States who have never been to Oz?

Come visit you guys will love it!

Want to catch Dean & his mates in all the Bondi Beach madness check out Season 11 of "Bondi Rescue" which premiers March 15th 2016 here

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Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

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Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.




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