Waterman (sports)

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A waterman is a collective term for men and women. Like human a waterman is a person who participates in multiple water sports. Historically the term referred to those who make their living from the water such as professional fishermen or Lifeguard, but it has evolved to describe those who take part in a variety of water activities.

Wave riding sports include swimming, surfing, kayaking, and bodysurfing. In surfing terminology, "waterman" refers to a versatile athlete who can engage in various forms of water sports depending on conditions.[1] One early person given this title was Duke Kahanamoku.[2]

A Waterman may also include in their list of sports; rowing, sailing, kite boarding, windsurfing, scuba diving, freediving, prone paddling, and standup paddleboarding (SUP).

Fishing includes both common above water pole fishing and underwater spearfishing, both with a simple spear or a spear gun. Freediving skills are often used when fishing underwater.

A Waterman may also have skills and understanding of our waterways, oceans and stewardship of our environment.


  1. ^ Chip Bock. "Waterman Lifestyle". Surf News on Surfguru.com. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Greg Heller (January 2001). "Waterman explained". Surfing A-Z on Surfline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2010.