A trio of lifelong friends from the West Coast are sharing their sea fever across the world while showcasing the beauty, cuisine and culture found on local shores.
This passionate project is known as West Coast Living (WCL), in which the trio streams their experiences of living on the coast on various social media platforms.
To uncover this passion, Weslander reached out to Neil Taylor, one of the founding members, to unpack the trio’s inspiration for venturing out to sea, and the hopes they have for it with their audiences.
He pointed out that their seafaring mission is still in its infancy, launched as it was three months ago.
“We were just a bunch of friends doing what we love (fishing), and felt we had millions of stories and photos to share.
“All three of us love fishing, diving and eating seafood, and this is what we grew up doing for approximately 26 years along the West Coast.
“As we feel we’ve acquired a good amount of knowledge we decided to give this YouTube channel a try.”
Taylor explained he and his friend found the filming process a tad weird at first, but they started to improve after the responses they received from locals, which continues to help them to this day.
“Our initial goal was never to go big with the channel. We just wanted to share the way we live with everyone and showcase the beauty of our nature and true friendships,” he said. “What we want to achieve may be bigger than we could ever imagine, as we want as many shares, follows and feedback we can get from the community.”
Taylor added the trio’s goal is to start earning money from its social media streams, although they plan on ploughing back into their community by donating 50% of the earnings they make on YouTube to any underprivileged individuals or animal shelters in need of funds and sponsorship.
He said: “We also want to promote big beach clean-ups, which we are very passionate about. We’ve already had clean-up days in Jacobs Bay, Trekoskraal and plan to host one in Dwarskersbos.”
Taylor also mentions one of the trio’s scheduled clean-ups will have to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which he sees as a pity, as many locals were going to be involved.
Locals will also have a chance to witness what fishermen or sailors endure on the seas, as the group hopes to take visitors on tours and teach them the best possible way to live off the ocean.
Asked what WCL’s future goals are, Taylor said: “Our future goal is to continue what we’re currently doing and live a long and blessed life with the crew while sharing the same lifestyle.
“The ocean is something we need to take care of, and with this in mind we want to do this for as long as possible, and visit more places and shoot more videos.
“Hopefully we could also become idols for the younger generation,” Taylor said.
He added that WCL will be slightly dormant during the national lockdown, but will still upload content to keep its viewers entertained.
For more information on West Coast Living, Taylor can be contacted on 078 113 6149.
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