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June 09, 2016 2 min read

Slyde has some of THE most committed brand ambassadors on the planet!

Carlos Hebert of Montreal Canada,  takes commitment to a whole new level.

We're stoked to shine the spotlight on Carlos, as the May Slyde Ambassador 2016.

You may remember Carlos from his insane ice river bodysurfing videos this winter.
Beware these will give you serious brain freeze
The rivers may be thawing out, but Carlos's Slyde Stoke is still going strong.  He's on day 252 of a 365 day Waterman Challenge, which began Sept 22nd 2015. 

Self-imposed challenge Carlos's made to honor his father, who passed away from skin cancer and to bring awareness to the cause.  

To dedicate yourself to anything for a year is a massive accomplishment. 

We've been in awe of his commitment since day #1 when he explained how he just handboarded in -7F Riverwater full ice chunks and he was still soooo incredibility amped.

"the way your handboard is working makes me happy I got good rides , but very frozen handboard and a frozen body."

Both out of curiosity and concern Slyde has asked Carlos to keep us in the loop of his waterman adventures, after not hearing from him for an unusual amount of time emails like the most recent are exchanged: Subject Line "Checking in Is Everything Ok Carlos ?!" from Angela. 

Of course everything fine, he's been busy on dawn patrol, chasing 5am waves for sunrise. Or getting some artificial barrels at his alternative turf the wavehouse.
On his final days of his 365 water challenge which is set to conclude Sept 22nd 2016, Carlos hopes his kids, friends, and fellow waterman will join him in a day of celebration by getting in the water, where-ever you may be.

A big congratulations to Carlos for being chosen as Slyde May Ambassador of the month. 
Cheers to warm summer months & keeping your skin well protected, and your Slyde stoke in overdrive. 

Psst...Carlos of Canada's board of choice is The Wedge Envy
This board is a natural born shredder.

Slyde Handboards Wedge Envy

Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.

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684 reviews
Not sold on it

I had really high hopes. I have been able to use the Bula on a couple good days. I'm liking my old board better so far. But will try it a couple more times before I return it just to be sure. I have none of the below issues with my Enjoy planer, and thinking of going back.
1. The dam thing is not secure on my hand. No mater how tight I make it. It litterally pops off my hand while on a wave. Its getting really anoying having to constantly pay attention to it.
2. I switch my hand depending on the wave direction. It's tough for me to get a grip on the nose, pull it off then pull tightly on other hand in time. I've missed a couple good ones because of this.
3. The pad that goes accross the top of my hand doesnt cover my whole hand and the seam starts to rub on my hand and is uncomfortable.
4. Not a huge deal but wasnt happy that there were some small cosmetc defects on the board. Eslescially for the price
5. The board bag is kind of ridiculous. Its huge and picture on website isnt to scale, but I probably just wont use it. It was basically free.

I think the only thing I can say positive is I think it has good control... after getting used to the angle I need, and may be a bit more bouyant to pull me out of water for speed. But i need to try it a few times more and figure out how to keep the dam thing on!

I am giving these to my grandsons at the end of the month. I am sure they will love them.

Hand slyde

The leash works amazing i won't go out without my leash on....

Bula hand board

This handboard is exactly what I was looking for. The size and craftsmanship is fantastic! I have gotten some great rides with this board. Super fun.

Ready for the Senior Tour

I received my Slyde Phish just before 2 weeks of gloomy weather. Now that I’ve had a chance to road test it, I can’t wait to get back in the water.

Growing up in Long Island NY, body surfing was my first wave gliding experience. Typically we would drive straight to shore so surfing the diagonal has been a learning curve.

I look forward to many great sets this summer.

Matthew Papish (59)
Laguna Beach