by steven watts April 20, 2017

Working with your significant other and succeeding certainly takes effort, but there are also endless rewards.

Here's a glimpse into how Steve & I met and began working together, and how we keep our relationship going strong.

Ange: This is the Ange and Steve story. So, what do you wanna talk about?

Steve: We met in the year 2000 and...

Ange: ..13, or 12. I don't know. I don't even know how long we've been together.

Steve: So, anyway, I'm Steve, and this is Ange, and we are married, and we're also owners, co-owners, of Slyde Handboards.

Ange: And a lot of people ask us how we met and how we got involved with business together, and so, here's our story. Steve, how did you meet me?

Steve: Well, I had a big van, and all these girls, her friends, needed to go to a wine farm, so I said, "Let's jump in the van and go to that farm." And I could just see, in the back, a very cute girl, and she caught my eye, and...

Ange: I played hard to get.

Steve: Kind of... Anyway, so yeah, that's kind of where it started. And it was actually a friend's birthday party, and we just kind of hit it off, and I don't think we've been apart since.

Ange: Nope.

Steve: Nope. 

Ange: Steve was already had Slyde, and was running Slyde on his own, and I thought it was pretty cool. And he took me out handboarding, and I'm not a surfer, and...

Steve: So, boys, if you ever want to get a girl, there you go, it will get a girl to marry you.

Ange: So, he took me handboarding, I thought it was a pretty cool thing, started helping him with little odds and ends.

Steve: Then she came on, and it was just me and Russell at the time (Russell's a silent partner) and I needed all the help I could get.  I was making pretty stuff, but I couldn't even balance a book.

Ange: Yeah.

Steve: That doesn't make a good company. And so, Ange came in, and with her womanly skills was able to organize a bunch of stuff.

Ange: Behind every man is a good woman.

Steve: Yes, a great woman. Anyway, that's how it started. She came on and made stuff better, and I think she's the driving force behind us being on "Shark Tank", and I don't think I'd be able to do it without her. And now we wanna kill each other, right?

Ange: No.

Steve: No, I'm kidding. It's awesome.  A lot of people will ask us what it's like working with a spouse or a significant other. One piece of advice is, I would say, definitely have your own thing.

Ange: Separate.

Steve: Have your separate tasks... I do design. I always ask  to make sure that Ange is happy and everybody else is happy with what's going out. I have no interest in finding out how the numbers look when they go out, so I just let her do that side of it.

Ange: Yeah, I think that stresses him out.

Steve: Oh my God.

Ange: Just let him focus on the fun stuff.

Steve: I make pretty. It looks pretty. So, it looks great.

Steve: So, there you have it.

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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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