My LIFEINWATER: A True Waterman's Story

by steve watts June 26, 2012

My Life in Water: A True Waterman's Story

I recently, as a result of modern technology and the wonders of the "intra-web", had a cyber handshake with a fellow water lover and all around waterman, or should I say Manzi Man (as he hails from my birthplace on the very tip of Africa). Meet Charl!  Charl is the owner of MYLIFEINWATER blog and as you can imagine, it is dedicated to, as we are here at Slyde, everything water related. Under, over, through it: You name it, we want to do it.  And so does Charl.  Charl lives at a beyond beautiful spot called Melkbos Strand, and does most of his bodysurfing at a spot called Derde Steen, as well as a few other gems up the coast. As he puts it: "It's all pretty much heavy and hollow shore breaks. Other than that, I make my own Paipo boards out of plywood, for when the days are flat, or I take out my 4GF surfmat."

"I sincerely respect all forms of human aquatic pursuit.  I am personally most motivated to explore water at face level… for all the media attention that many of the mainstream water-sports enjoy, there is  a fundamental difference between being in water and being on it. I like being in water."

All hail the true waterman! We live a life not about "what" we ride, but where and with how much fun.

Check out Charl’s blog here. 

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

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