slyde handboards frequently asked questions


Why use a handplane?

Bodysurfing with a handboard or handplane is simply way more fun than bodysurfing without.  The added use of a handboard or handplane, as they are commonly referred to, allows the bodysurfer to get more speed and lift out of the water.  It is not uncommon to generate enough speed with a handboard to round a section of a wave or to get barreled.

Take a look at some of our Slyde Ryder pictures, or check out the Slyde Handboards videos or home page for images and videos that show how great the boards work in the waves.  Not only does a handboard increase speed, it also allows for more control on the face of the wave and gives you more maneuverability while you are bodysurfing.  You see, you don’t need one, but a handboard makes your experience in the water that much more enjoyable.  Why wouldn’t you want to do that?  It’s like we say around here, “life is better with a handboard!”

Are there other names for it besides “handboard”? 

Handboards are called different things depending on the region of the world you live in.  Here’s a quick list of the names around the world:

  • Handplanes (California and East Coast USA)
  • Handboards (South Africa and Australia)
  • Handguns (Hawaiian Islands)
  • Handslides (South Africa)
  • Handlids (Australia)

We like to use the word “handboard” because that’s what our boards are.  They’re boards designed and made exactly like your favorite surfboard, except they’re for your hand.  

Do I need swim fins when I bodysurf

Undoubtedly it's best to use fins and we always encourage using fins while bodysurfing they make for more control speed and it is alot more safe to have fins on in rough sea's . However if you don't have them with you and the conditions are good never miss out on an epic session to find out More about the best fins for you check out our Choosing the best Bodysurfing fins how to section.

Do we do "one off" designs

On occasion, we will work with customers to put their own design on one of our handboards.  Please contact Steve at for more information about custom board designs.  We also frequently work with talented local artists to use their art on some of our handboards.  They sell very quickly, so follow us to find out when the next designs are due for release.  You can check out the Slyde Art Syndikit to see previous artists and their board creations.

How can I keep up with new designs and board releases?

You can sign up for our Slyde Newsletter, subscribe to Slyde Chronicles, connect with us on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Who Bodysurfs?

Everyone should bodysurf! The great thing about bodysurfing Handboarding/handplaning is it is a great way to get into and learn  surfing and the ocean. With Body surfing you are able to learn the ability to judge the ocean, the waves, all the skills you need to be able to surf well. It is of our opinion that you can't really call yourself a true water man if you haven't body surfed. But don't just take it from us, Hell what do we know!  If you dont believe us maybe you will listen to two of the greatest surfers ever!

Kelly Slater

  • "With Body Surfing you don't take anything for granted! You ride the wave as far as you can, you don't kick out because the barrel stopped. You realize how much room there is out there, even with all the people."

 Laird Hamilton

  • "We as a species are connected to the ocean all living thing come from the ocean Body Surfing is a chance to get back to your roots, It's the ability to feel the energy."


who do you ship with

All standard orders within the contiguous United States will be sent USPS Priority mail {2-3 days delivery} or Priority Express (chosen at checkout).  All international packages are sent USPS Priority International or DHL Express. Unless otherwise stated in checkout

how long does shipping take

All mail orders in the contiguous US takes 5 to 10 business days from the time of the order to get to you, unless USPS Priority Express was chosen at checkout (in which case, it will arrive sooner).  International orders usually take 3 to 5 weeks to arrive, depending on the destination and customs processing.  International DHL generally takes 2 to 3 days door to door.  The tracking for international orders will not update once the package leaves the US, but don’t fret, the order is still heading your way.

Who do you recommend for international shipping? 

We have shipped to over 30 countries around the world from Australia to Russia.  We also do USPS Priority Mail International (check pricing at checkout).  All orders shipped internationally are subject to customs and duties from the destination country 

My tracking number says my board already arrived, but it hasn’t.  What should I do? 

Sometimes, the US Post Office mistakenly reports that a package has been delivered when they actually just tried to deliver the package, but no one was there to receive it.  If this happens, someone will likely attempt to redeliver the package to you at least two more times.  However, if more than 3 business days have passed since the USPS claims it was delivered, give us a call at (650) 307-5933 or e-mail us at, and we will help you sort it out!


What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express, as well as PayPal. Your credit card payment or PayPal payment will be processed through Shopify.

How secure is the Slyde store?

Our store processes payments through Shopify, an ecommerce site that adheres to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This means that Shopify encrypts your payment information with the highest level of encryption key length commercially available (128 bits).

Can I get a Slyde Gift Certificate?

Yes you can! Slyde gift certificates are available here.

What is Slyde’s return policy?

We want you to be 100% stoked on your Slyde purchase.  If there is something wrong with your package (broken/scratched board, etc.) then we will replace it for you!  First, please send the purchase back to us at:  P.S within 15 days of receipt 

Slyde Handboards

517 Ocean Front Walk, Unit #3

Venice, CA 90291

Once we receive the delivery, we will be more than happy to send you out a new one!  for full conditions pleas Read more in our stoke policy

Still have more questions?

Shoot us an e-mail at for additional information about our handboards, our store, our brand, or anything else.