Bodysurfing in the LA Times

June 20, 2013 1 min read

Slyde and bodysurfing in the LA Times.

It seems our little sport of bodysurfing is starting to get the notoriety it deserves. Below is an article from the recent Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times. The article refers especially to the water fitness aspects of bodysurfing and handboarding. Everyone who does it can verify the fitness levels required to stay bobbing around in the water for two hours, not to mention the exertion it takes to get into the wave. I remember as a kid going to swimming training 5 times a week.  Not so much fun!   I much prefer spending two hours in the water trying to catch waves.  Who wouldn’t?
Roy Wallacks’ Bodysurfing for Fitness Inspired Article: 

"Back when I was a kid going to the beach every weekend with my dad, I never thought of bodysurfing as a workout. It was just pure exhilaration — dog-paddling out there for hours, waiting for a good swell, then swimming like crazy for a couple of seconds to catch the wave and ride it at eyeball level, a human surfboard in a rush of sound and foam. Gear wasn't necessary, other than a fin or two. But when I rediscovered body surfing recently, I was surprised to find that gear for it had evolved and that it was a fantastic all-body workout — and just as much fun as ever."

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left