How Eddie Rothman's boy turned a relationship meltdown into a banging YouTube channel…
Don’t you love a silver lining being exposed inside the rotten heart of a broken love?
Koa Rothman, who has just turned twenty-five, owns a YouTube channel with 26,000 subscribers and between thirty k and 200k views on each of his weekly vlogs.
They ain’t Bieber or PewDiePe numbers but it’s growing, and it’s a living.
Koa is well-muscled and handsome, is good on camera and surfs with a classy style. You can see why gets the hits.
And it came to life ’cause after he busted up with his gal, Koa started posting selfies on Instagram and his numbers started to blow up.
And he figured, wouldn’t it be something if, instead of posing blonde boys doing the surfer thing, he showed the world what it’s like to a “real surfer and not some fake surfer who travels, takes cool photos and surfs on a foamie,” he says. “What if I, who actually surfs, a real hardcore surfer, shows people in the middle of America that the surfing lifestyle isn’t all blond hair, blue eyes and hanging on the beach all day.”
When I called for this interview, and for a little something on the Tanner Hendrickson v Michael Rodrigues wrestle (Read: “That was the biggest bullshit call from the WSL” here), Koa had just lost his Pipe Trials heat.
“I’m ready to murder someone,” he says. “It was two feet and, then, a six-foot set. Really, really bad. I lost first heat. I needed a one point zero something to make the heat and I couldn’t catch a fucking thing. There might be some swearing in this one (episode thirty-three of This is Livin‘, which you can play by hitting the big button above.)
Koa drops a new clip every Wednesday, which is filmed and edited by his pal Jack Germaine.
“He went to school for film and when I was starting this I asked him if he wanted to be a part of it and he said, ‘Fuck yeah.’ He knows the YouTube world, he’s all for it. He’s a fucking weapon. He can edit a sixteen-minute video in one night. He does everything. Films, edits, travels and puts up with my shit.”
Is there much shit to put up with?
“You’re about to see it in this one. We’ve kept that out so far. My whole idea was to be as real as possible, okay, well, I’m not happy all the time. That’s what we’ve been working on. I told Jack the other day, ‘If I’m snapping, film it.’
In this episode, which is called Chasing Mavericks and Pipe Masters, we see Koa’s ill-fated Pipe trials heat, the anticipation the night before when he believes the surf might be good, FaceTiming with famous pal Jason Momoa, heading to Mavericks for the big-wave contest there and the reveal of his myriad respiratory illnesses.
“I can’t believe I’m a big-wave surfer,” he says.