by steven watts December 21, 2016

Slyde Flips the script Chase Miller aka The Surfboard Man a local surf blogger and photographer.

Where are you from? 

I've lived in Orange County, California my entire life and can't imagine leaving!
From the incredible surf at Trestles to the upscale eateries in Laguna Beach, there's always something to do. 

I started The Surfboard Man in 2008 as a hobby to fill some of my time during the summer, before going into high school without much of a plan or idea of what it would become. Fast forward to today and it's become a reputable source for all things related to surfing. Perhaps most valuable is everything it's taught me such as web design, social media marketing and collaborating with brands on various projects. 

Where's your favorite local break? non-local?

Probably Salt Creek in Dana Point or one of the numerous bodysurfing spots in Laguna. Hawaii will always be special to me, but I'm really looking forward to surfing Kelly Slater's wave ASAP!

You're going on a "Surf" Trip you can only pack 2 boards what do you pick? and why?

I've been riding my new Simon Anderson Mollusc lately, so I'd definitely bring that. It's my favorite board and excels in all conditions. I'd also bring a high performance Shortboard from Timmy Patterson. I've been riding his boards for years and absolutely love them.

If I can sneak one more in my bag, it'd definitely be a board from Catch Surf! They're rad! Don't worry, I'd make room for a Slyde Board in my carry-on :)

I see your a photographer. What do you like to shoot most? Who's your favorite photographer?

Yeah, I actually interned with this luxury wedding photographer duo (Troy Grover Photographers) in High School where I learned a lot about the science behind great photos.

In terms of surf photography, I love shooting The Wedge in Newport Beach or down at Lower Trestles! Both spots are so different, but attract all the top talent which makes for some memorable photographs. I've been a fan of Quinn Matthews for quite some time and there's a handful of other guys I follow!

What 5 people would you pick to be on your party wave?

Party waves are the best! First and foremost would be my friends Jon, Nick & Ryan who are always a blast to surf with. And probably Taj Burrow & Josh Kerr to round out the group. Yew!

Best piece of advice you've ever received regarding being a part of the surf industry?

Don't compare yourself to others and stay focused on what makes you unique. There's plenty of competition in regards to media outlets, brands and pro surfers; but you always have the opportunity to do things your way. 

Also, if you're not stoked on something or feeling uninspired, then step back and look at the bigger picture. Maybe the underlying issue is an old website design that you're no longer proud of or a project that lacks any real meaning. Or maybe you just need to go surf and clear your head. Whatever it is, never rush to finish a project just to finish it...unless its homework that's due tomorrow!

What's next for "The Surfboard Man"?

I'm currently pouring all my time into the upcoming 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. It's my second year doing it and I absolutely love it! From working with my favorite brands to designing a beautiful book; it's been a very challenging and rewarding endeavor. It's set to launch in November and will feature a hand curated collection of my favorite new products.

Shopping for surfers is always tough, but this is the go to guide for the upcoming holiday season!

Thanks Chase for sharing your epic insights! If you missed Slyde interview with The Surfboard Man check it our HERE
steven watts
steven 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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