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“Rad Dad Feature: Karl Watson”

When I first started this feature, Karl Watson was one of the first people to come to mind.  As a kid he was an inspiration that prompted me to visit San Francisco and seek out some of the famed spots I saw him skate on.  As an adult I admire his longevity in the skateboard world and his continued positive mental attitude.  Few people you run into on this planet have that “thing”.  It’s hard to describe, but your interactions with them leave you feeling exhilarated, inspired, and at peace.  Karl has the thing.  He is not only an asset to the skateboard community, but to planet earth.  One of the nicest guys you could ever want to meet, he broke all the rules of what was allowed in skateboarding, and came out on top with a style that is both technical and soulful.  Similarly, his own company Organika also exudes that feeling, and is built upon good vibes and a passion for what he does.  It’s no surprise that his outlook on life spills over to him being a fantastic parent.  This is why Karl Watson is truly a “rad dad”.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

Hello, my name is Karl Watson. I’m a 37 year old father of 3 sons. Their names are Jonas, Jaiya and Elan Watson. I’m also a professional skateboarder and the founder of Organika Skateboards. Balancing my career with being a dad has always come easy for me. Aside from the long tours over the years, skateboarding has given me adequate amounts of time to spend with my family.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?  

Being a modern day dad is exciting yet worrisome at times. There are many beautiful aspects of our world but unfortunately thereis the opposite and being aware of both sides of the coin is imperative for modern day parents.  For me, having my family consume the least amounts of harmful chemicals and healthiest foods available is paramount. We are what we eat.

3.How did becoming a father change your life?  

We read many books on child rearing, went to classes and watched videos; we thought we had it down. But nothing can compare you for the actual responsibility and time that’s required when raising children.  When my first son was born I was caught off guard but quickly got the hang of selflessly and wholeheartedly caring for another. And because of having such responsibilities I became more of a motivated person. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my children.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

For me the greatest part of being a father is the fact that i’ve fulfilled my universal duty of procreating. Although having children is not for all, I felt the urge early on.  Also, being about to provide the proper necessities for my children gives me the great feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

Yes indeed! For all you father to be out there, make sure you’re ultra aware while changing your babies diaper. When my first son, Elan, was about 3 month old I went to change his diaper. I had noticed a foul smell and knew exactly what it was. Number 2. So once I get down to business all of my attention was focused on cleaning up the mess in the rear. As I neared completion of my fatherly task, I lowered my head to further examine and to make sure there were no remnants of poo. It seemed like a normal diaper change but there was eminent danger brewing up… Then out of no where I felt this warm stream of water forcefully hitting my face. It was pee!! I jumped back in shock and Elan began to laugh; as if he’d been waiting for the most opportune moment to make his move. It was too funny!

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

The best advice I have to give to a new father is to be patient with your child and your partner. In the beginning there are challenges that will be presented but just know that you’ll get through the difficult times and a sense of normalcy will come with time.

Thank you so much Karl, you are an awesome guy and we wish you continued success in all that you do!  You’ve certainly inspired us, and we hope to keep seeing you shine in the spotlight.

Catch up with Karl on his instagram: http://instagram.com/organikarl1111#

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Karl also wanted to thank his sponsors:

http://www.organikaskateboards.com

http://www.thehouseofmarley.com

http://9fivesite.com

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