Music Connects: Karl Watson


My name is Karl Watson. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up in such a place inspired me to be creative and skateboarding became my platform of expression. It provides freedom to be yourself unlike many organized sports.


This abundance of freedom has proven to be detrimental to some. That’s why I chose to Live Marley at a very young age and to express the positive aspects of life and skateboarding through music with a message.


#MusicConnects friends, families and people around the world. Life without music would be a world of white, black and grey. Add some color to your life by listening to music.

Follow Karl Watson on Instagram.

Photos by Grams.

Cocoa Cruise Skate Video

The skateboard world is one big family. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how you skate, what you wear, etc., everyone is instantly friends and can go to work with each other right away. While in Cocoa Beach we had Karl Watson from the Bay Area, Alexis Rivera from Puerto Rico and Shama Beckford from Jamaica. Never met, never hung, here’s a couple hours to film some tricks and put together a video, GO.



Directed by Eddie Grams

Recap: Marley Heads to Beach ‘N Boards Fest


We’re back from the beach after a short but rewarding trip to Ron Jon Surf Shop’s Annual Beach ‘N Boards Fest! It was an honor to have been invited by the team at Ron Jon; once we got the call it was a no brainer that we had to be there in a major way to support. Beach ‘N Boards Fest is Ron Jon’s largest annual event; from Friday to Sunday a number of selected brands showcase beach and board sports all in one venue right behind Ron Jon on the beach. Marley was in good company with brands like RVCA, Billabong, Oakley, Quicksilver, Sun Bum, FOX, and more.

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We were psyched to be able to provide a mini ramp along with RVCA and The Collegiate Skate Tour, all thanks to our friends at Instaramp. Big up to our Team Marley ambassadors, Shama Beckfort, Alexis Rivera, and Karl Watson who came along for the ride and repped Marley Skate through Cocoa Beach.

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Photos by Grams.


Cali Am Jam Bringing Skateboarding and Health Awareness Together As One


Cali Am Jam is a nationally recognized skateboarding contest series founded by Robert Ferguson and House of Marley skater Karl Watson. Cash prizes, merchandise giveaways and a full scholarship to the Element YMCA Summer Skate Camp are just a few highlights of Cali Am Jam. This all age and skill set event is based in Northern California and brings out a beautiful crop of event seekers.

Not only does this community driven event put on an amazing skateboard competition, but it also raises awareness to problems that affect the community. 2014 focused on Diabetes in the Bay Area, Cancer Awareness near the state capital and Autism support in the Central Valley. What better way to spread awareness than to gather your community together over a little competition.

“Platform for our youth: It’s highly important to re-edify the youth and get them more involved with the community whether its skateboarding, filming or lending a hand and being creative”

House of Marley supports initiatives that get the community aware and active. We thank Robert and Karl for their hard work and dedication to those around them. Now go grab some friends and show them up with that tre flip. Roll forever!

Check out their video from their last event of the year:


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Skate Legend Karl Watson Joins Team Marley


How do you explain Karl Watson’s skate style in one word? Butter. Whether on a ledge, rail, Hubba, manny pad, hill or regular old curb, Karl is as smooth as possible on four wheels. His effortless command is something rarely seen. That’s why we’re extremely excited to welcome Karl as the newest member of Team Marley.0440000

Growing up in the skateboarding mecca of San Francisco, everything in Karl’s skate life came organically. Living amongst legendary spots like Embarcadero and Pier 7, he learned from some of the best and pushed his skills forward with a natural ability. “I’ve been skating for 25 years and being an ambassador of House of Marley is an honor to me,” Karl says of joining Team Marley.


In addition to his skateboarding evolution, Karl has parlayed his positive vibes into doing charity work with his organization, Karl’s Kauses. “Karl’s Kauses and OneLove mesh well as we both strive to give back to our communities,” Karl states. Working together with other skaters, Karl’s Kauses strives to bring skateboarding to kids around the world.

In 2003, Karl took a life changing trip to Bob Marley’s home country. “I visited Jamaica with a group of 25 skaters in hopes of introducing skateboarding to the youth of the island,” Karl says of his experience. “We assembled and gave away 200 complete skateboards. We also built two ramps in some of the roughest villages in Jamaica.”


Karl’s love for Bob Marley started at a young age and says “[Bob’s] positive message helped me become the person I am today.” Yet, it was his trip to Jamaica further cemented the influence of Bob on his life. “While I was there I became even more inspired by Bob Marley’s legacy. I saw many murals of him and everybody had the utmost respect for the legend.”

Between his sick style, charity work and overall positive attitude, Karl Watson truly embodies what it means to be a member of Team Marley. We’re extremely excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him skate for many years to come.

Bonus: Karl’s creative flow is something to be seen and not read about. Check out these tight clips below of Karl showing off his neighborhood and talking about his skating past, present and future.