Cold Comfort

The benefits of Cold Water Immersion have been well documented and gained wide acknowledgement, especially due to the the Ice Man himself, Wim Hof.

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Of all the information and content available on Cold Water immersion and swimming, one of my favourite videos remains this one by Jonna Jinton. It just feels so honest and real and does not pretend to be anything other than one person’s account of how she overcame something that controlled her.

It’s about courage, strength and remembering that we’re alive!

Check out Jonna’s Art Here.

Kalani > Goes > BIG!!!

Over the last few years Kalani Lattanzi has steadily risen to become one of the most respected Watermen in the world. Equally adept at stand-up surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing, Kalani seems to be fearless facing mountains of water, always with a grin on his face.

A movie has just been released recounting his brave journey to become the first guy to bodysurf Nazare, arguably the spot producing the best quality big waves in the world.

Watch Trailer > Kalani, Big Wave Bodysurfing

 

 

MOTHBALLED!

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Ok, so anybody who has been a regular follower of MYLIFEINWATER would have noticed that things have gone pretty quiet on this side. There are reasons for that, but I’m not going to go into it now…

Until further notice then I must advise that MYLIFEINWATER is being mothballed. Time will tell if I pick it up again and carry on as is, or if it is re-launched in a new format.

Whatever happens, rest assured that I am no less committed to my journey to find fresh water.

Thanks for visiting!

Charl

Circa 1995

Gearing up in the parking lot, just about to paddled out at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. F to R - Robin Olivier, Corne Snyders, Charl van Rensburg, Mike Stewart

Gearing up in the parking lot, just about to paddled out at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. L to R – Robin Olivier, Corne Snyders, Charl van Rensburg, Mike Stewart

The annual Pipe Challenge Bodyboarding contest runs from 19 Feb to 1 March. This year marks the event’s 30 year anniversary. There’s been a bit of a buzz about it on the social networks… so I figured I’d also weigh in with something.

Above is a photo of two mates & myself (the guy next to Mike Stewart is me) and Mike Stewart; moments before paddling out at what would be Mike’s first, and to my knowledge only, surf at the legendary Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. I was reminded of this photo when I read an article about the Annual Pipeline contest and figured this would be a fitting way for me to celebrate the occassion. In fact, considering how much Mike has travelled and how many bodyboarding clinics etc. he must have done over the length of his career all over the World, there must be tons of photos of guys posing with him.

Thought it would be a neat idea to get a ‘movement’ going posting your “when I met Mike” pics…

Riverboarding on Discovery Channel Scotland

Fluid Anvil in Discovery Scotland

Following the Festive Season and holidays I still need to catch up on some post-worthy things that happened over the last month or so…

One of these is the fact that Discovery Channel in Scotland showcased the Glenfiddich Challenge in 2012 which sees 6 men compete in teams of 2 on various outdoor activities and challenges. One of these was Riverboarding, or as they call it “Whitewater Sledging”.

Check out the video segment below! The action starts from 02:44

Torpedo People ><

by: Chris Burkard

by: Chris Burkard

Keith Malloy’s seminal film on bodysurfing and bodysurfers – Come Hell or High Water – has found resonance with anyone who loves spending time in the water. Describing itself as: “about taking a breath and kicking your feet in the big blue sea”, the film has not only exposed a much wider audience to the simple joy and underground sub-culture of bodysurfing, but also re-ignited the joy for many of just simply riding a wave without a board… on nature’s terms.

An inevitable, but very welcome, off-shoot of the Film is the recent release of a Photo-Book entitled THE PLIGHT OF THE TORPEDO PEOPLE by Tom Adler which is For Sale from the website @ http://www.torpedopeople.com and be sure to take a look at the image gallery > http://www.torpedopeople.com/#!gallery/c1std > it is probably one of the finest image galleries I’ve ever seen for bodysurfing.

Go Swim!

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As it turns out, some evidence has (finally) emerged which seems to show higher waterfalls being run by hydrospeed / riverboard, than the one shown in the image above.

Read the full article here > http://facelevel.com/2012/12/riverboarding-15m-hollin-chico-waterfall-in-ecuador/

Nonetheless, this waterfall descent by Josh Galt remains probably the biggest waterfall run by hydrospeed / riverboard for the last 2 decades. For more, visit http://www.joshgalt.com and http://www.facelevel.com

The future is looking exciting for the sport!