by Michelle Michalak January 05, 2017

The Inertia, the definitive voice of surf, mountain and the outdoors turned to South African Slyde ambassador Chris Schmidt for a daily dose of inspiration. 

The story can be found in the Health section entitled "How a Handboard Helped This Adaptive Athlete Embrace His Disability." Expanding upon the age old wisdom of the ocean and it's miraculous healing powers.

"The ocean is known for its healing powers. Doctors have prescribed sun and sea for centuries to restore man’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Chris Schmidt of South Africa is a firm believer in the healing powers of the sea. His own journey back to the sea after a life altering event is nothing short of inspirational.

It was 1997 and the South African had just turned 21. His life was full of adventure and he was filled with stoke. Then, in an instant, his life changed unexpectedly."

Read Chris's full epic inspirational tale HERE

The Inertia Features Slyde Ambassador Chris Schmidt

Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

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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