Slyde

Bodysurfing Handboards

Wave Reviews

Bodysurfers understand the thrill of riding a wave with nothing between your body and the sea. Slyde handboards heighten the excitement with more lift, faster rides, and greater control. These boards make for great rides on good waves, and good rides even on tamer surf.

The idea for Slyde handboards began when a 14-year-old
Steve Watts was experimenting with improvised wave riding devices. Turns out a fast food tray from McDonald's was surprisingly effective. He’s worked ever since to refine the idea.

Streamlined and glossy, Slyde handboards are built to the same exacting standards and with similar materials as a quality surfboard. Made of urethane foam for buoyancy and a strong triaxial fiberglass skin, these boards will last year after year. A velcro strap keeps you connected at all times. And you won’t have to tie your handboard to the roof either. It’s small enough for a suitcase or the trunk.

Slyde offers the Wedge handboard for newbies or intermediate riders. It works best in 1-7 foot swells and the included GoPro mounting point even lets you to capture your ride.

A Slyde handboard will amplify the rush of catching that wave. It’s sure to be an epic time at the beach.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steven
    Steven

    Hello everyone! I am happy to be launching Slyde handboards on The Grommet today. Let me know of any questions you have and I'll be happy to answer them. I answered a few below.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/9/2015 11:37 AM

    This has been a lifelong passion project for you, how does it feel seeing it come to life as a business?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:01 PM

    It's an amazing feeling to see people and especially kids using our boards. We took out a group of young girls from a surf camp here in Salt Creek and the excitement was all over their faces once they got out. Seeing that make all the hard work very worth while

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/9/2015 12:02 PM

    The design is really fantastic. Triaxial fiberglass, a high-density foam core, what does all that mean?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:02 PM

    Its exactly the materials that go into making a regular surfboard. With the same High tech manufacturing process as your favorite Snowboard. The foam is used to make the board very buoyant and very lightweight and the Fiberglass is used to strengthen the foam. Our process is so unique we figured out a way to perfectly combine surfboard manufacturing with Snowboard manufacturing technology. Making the boards exceptionally strong durable and light

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/9/2015 12:03 PM

    Do you see this is as something the average consumer should have or do you think it pertains more to those familiar with the sport of bodysurfing? Or do you think it touches a little of both?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:03 PM

    Yes This is absolutely for the average consumer. The idea behind Slyde is that anyone can use it. It is really easy to use, very travel friendly (due to the size) and is above all, a lot of fun! If you have ever been to a beach you will want one!

  • Star
    Star
    7/9/2015 12:20 PM

    What do you do with the handboard when you're "swimming out"?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:25 PM

    @Star you can either use it as a paddle in one hand freestyle style or put it out in front of you like you do with one of those swimming pool training kick boards. I prefer to swim with it freestyle with it in one hand

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:32 PM

    @star

    this is little more info from one of our how to's, on getting out to the break for beginners Wade out to waist deep water, facing the horizon. Lower yourself into the water and put your hand with the handboard outstretched in front of you like you would going out without a handboard. Take the other hand and place over the hand in the strap. With your body outstretched, kick and you will move forward quickly out past the breaking waves. if a wave breaks before you get to it simple do a duck dive (go under) Once you are in position where the waves are breaking, turn around and face the shore, while keeping your attention on the approaching waves. Getting out to the break is a lot easier with a handplane. By placing the board out in front of you and kicking, the board keeps you buoyant and the kicking moves you forward. As the wave comes toward you, simply kick forward under the water and the wave with flow over you.

    hope that makes it simpler

  • Star
    Star
    7/9/2015 1:00 PM

    @Steven

    Thanks so much and all best wishes.

  • Fred
    Fred
    7/9/2015 12:38 PM

    Can this be used behind a wake surf boat. one hand for rope and other in strap. Would love to try out at the river behind my Tige boat. Will video it. But i don't do any wave surfing.

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 12:43 PM

    @Fred hahaha it is fun!! I just tried it here in Carlsbad lagoon the footage is below. I didn't know if it was going to work but it did and cant wait to do it again this time with fins maybe stay in the wake without rope.

  • Judy
    Judy
    7/9/2015 1:03 PM

    Is there a velcro wrist strap for this? It Looks like it has a place at the back of the board where one might attach it, but I didn't see it in any video... Judy

  • Judy
    Judy
    7/9/2015 1:05 PM

    @Judy

    (I meant like a short leash strap that attaches to the board and then velcros to your wrist...)

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 1:06 PM

    @Judy yes there is a wrist and Bicep leash and correct the bicep leash attaches to the leash plug at the bottom and the wrist leash will thread through the handstrap

  • Terri
    Terri
    7/9/2015 1:53 PM

    Hi Steven - Being a NorCal gal, I love this!! The Velcro strap seems to work on the li'l hands but do they work for the Big Daddy? I think this would be a great gift but there are some guys with pretty large hands to match their large wave-breakin bods and just wonder if they would be secure with less Velcro attached (if you know what I mean!). :) Thanks again and good luck with this great item! Terri

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 2:17 PM

    @Terri Hi Terri thanks for the support to answer your question: The straps are tested to take a real beating and will not come out. The straps are mounted to the board via a stainless steel screw on either side that is inturn screwed into an imbedded mount that is the same used on big wave tow in surfboards in places like Mavericks (Norcal) and kiteboards. So they are designed tough

    The strap size: Being an adjustable strap it fits great to all size hands we have some really big guys in Tahiti and Hawaii using them and they love the strap (its part of our secret sauce so to speak) I am 180 6foot with fairly large hands and it fits like a glove

    hope that helps

    ohh and yes they make the perfect Gift

  • Denise
    Denise
    7/9/2015 2:30 PM

    Steven hi my kids don't surf but we all like to boogie board, I know that's nothing like surfing but do you think they could use these instead for a different experience?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 2:38 PM

    @Denise Hi Denise great question and yes they can and I couldn't have said it better it is great alternative to boogie boarding and a very different experience if they enjoy boogie boarding they will love these! also they are a lot less hassle to lug to the beach being that they are smaller.

  • Masey
    Masey
    7/9/2015 2:36 PM

    Where are you from? Are your products made in the US?

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 2:47 PM

    @Masey I grew up in Cape town , South Africa been in California almost 6 years now. we make our boards in a couple different places depending on the process and manufacturing and shaping specialty they provide. I make specialty boards here in our garage, we have a location in Oceanside California and we have awesome location overseas too for our production boards.

  • Mimi
    Mimi
    7/9/2015 6:12 PM

    So... I have grandsons 8, 10 & 13. Envy or Hipster? And does "one size fit all?"

  • Mimi
    Mimi
    7/9/2015 6:44 PM

    @Mimi

  • Steven
    Steven – Special Guest
    7/9/2015 6:50 PM

    @Mimi Hi Mimi absolutely one size fits all. If they are good at sharing!!! Bothe envy and hipster are great fits Envy Is our most popular board followed pretty closely by the Hipster you cant go wrong with either

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