A social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.

"indigenous Indian tribes"

As we delve deeper in to the infinite possibilities of our performance potential, the urge to seek out more remote and adventurous places increases as does the number of people who seek this unique lifestyle and hence a unique tribe of watermen is formed.

These tribes are regularly found in the wilder places where access to the raw environment is more easily accessible. Because of the extreme remoteness that these tribes frequent, they tend be be thriftier than the average person. Not having the luxury of accessing a wide range of services at the drop of a hat they have to do it themselves digging deep in to their ingenuity, creativity and stubbornness!

The camaraderie that is experienced amongst a group of people working towards a common goal is inspiring, especially if there is risk involved. Out of all the watermanship disciplines I have seen this level of camaraderie and brotherhood most commonly in the big wave arena. Tow teams, paddle teams and the wind disciplines. 

Because of the common goals, intense camaraderie, high risk, physical and emotional stress the rates of happiness, confidence, personal fulfilment and self purpose are extremely high. And it is of no surprise that the majority of these passionate waterman have a belief in something bigger than themselves that gives them courage, hope and faith.

I believe that we can all learn something from these tribes of passionate watermen and waterwoman that frequent our society. Some people refer to them as vagabonds, misfits of our perceived advanced society but I believe that some of these tribes are leading the way of how we are meant to be really living our lives. Living a life with an intense connection to community, culture and the environment.