Mr. George Mottle, a real estate agent who lives in the Sydney suburb of Pittwater,?
Mr. George Mottle, a real estate agent who lives in the Sydney suburb of Pittwater, tired of battling traffic congestion into work.
So he now walks across the water of the harbour.
Onlookers stare in amazement as Mr. Mottle, sporting a pair of giant water shoes of his own design, strides slowly, out surely, and from the dock near his home.
The shoes cost him about 165 Australian dollars (GBP 90 sterling approximately). The shoes have hinged paddles underneath that allow the shoe to slide forward easily, but push the wearer forward when the wearer pushes backwards.
Mr. Mottle's two children Tanya and Michael, meet Mr. Mottle most days after his daily trip, which takes about 45 minutes at top speed -- in calm water -- of one knot.
SYNOPSIS: The beating enthusiasts in Sydney Harbour, daily see a man who thinks he's found the answer to highway traffic congestion. Mr. George Mottle walks on water. Every day he makes the trip across the harbour from his home in Pittwater.
There are hazards, especially when the power boats throw up waves, but Mr. Mottle has found his sea legs.
His specially constructed giant water shoes take him across the harbour at the speed of one knot -- the trip takes about forty-five minutes.
The shoes have special paddles underneath that allow them to slide forward easily, then propel the wearer ahead. Mr. Mottle a real estate agent, had the shoes made, at a cost of a hundred and sixty-five Australian dollars.
The are made of plywood, coated with a waterproofing resin. And Mr. Mottle finds he's a hit with his children when he glides home after a day at the office. He thinks his example may help his business by encouraging people to buy on the waterfront. But primarily, he says, he's sick of traffic jams.