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Em Kless' Slyde Summer Internship

August 07, 2014 2 min read

Em Kless Slyde Handboards Summer Internship
Slyde's intern Em Kless had something to say about her internship at Slyde Handboards, and we couldn't be more proud!


A few months ago, I contacted Steve with an interest in interning for Slyde 
Handboards. As a public relations major at Penn State, I had intentions of building a 
stronger resume and honing my PR skills. What happened to me, instead, was much 
more than I could ever put on a resume. 
A wave of opportunity came barreling towards me when Steve agreed that Slyde 
could use an extra set of hands. As any bodysurfer would know, you can’t ride a 
wave if you don’t drop in. So, I dropped in on Team Slyde’s wave and have been 
filled with stoke ever since! 
One of the most important things I’ve learned during my internship is the 
importance of connections. The Kickstarter campaign highlighted how crucial it 
is for a company to have a community of people who support their efforts. Slyde 
maintains this community especially well, being that their followers are from across 
the globe. Without the teamwork and dedication put in from both the Slyde Team 
and their followers, the Kickstarter project would not have been so successful. 
Picking a path to follow is challenging. If only it were as easy as picking a line to 
follow on a wave, cruising effortlessly. However, the Slyde Team has helped inspire 
me to follow my path, just as their iconic arrow logo suggests. 
Whether you are just paddling out, or you’re coming in from a session, it’s all about 
following your path. With a supportive team (and a good pair of fins) everyone can 
drop in and enjoy the epic ride!

Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb

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See the Stoke

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