The term waterman is worn.
But as no synonym represents a man (or woman) of the sea, it’s become a necessary locution. And to be a *cough* water(wo)man is to garner respect. They’re the people you want by your side when things go lopsided, the renaissance folk who can get you out of a jam with tact and their hands – and that’s nothing to tread lightly over.
It’s what Salty Crew, as a company, represents. The ethos of taking and finding refuge in the ocean; the desire to catch your meal and scrap into tubes spinning atop a jagged reef. And their team’s built out of individuals who enter the sea no matter the quality of the waves. They dive, fish, hunt, sail and surf.
The featured film above, Sink or Swim, is Salty Crew’s first documented team adventure. It’s an introduction to the wayward folks they represent. And, for 16-year-old Levi Slawson, a grom from Encinitas whose been snagging competitive accolades from the ISA Juniors to his recent Young Guns win, was time for him to sit back and learn from the wise(r).
Hit play above to watch Matt Meola spider monkey, CJ and Damo Hobgood do the tube, turn and wrap, Lucas Dirkse catwalk across all kinds of boards, Levi shake his tail feather, and much more from the brand with crystallized salt on their eyebrows.
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