May 29, 2018 3 min read


We Spoke with 4 East Coast Slyde ambassadors share their favorite local break with us, along with "insider" information & tips..
Em Kless: Darlington Ave (Deal Beach, NJ)

Personal bodysurfing style best described as:  Calm, cool & collected :)
Prefer length of ride to shore break; Casual rider.
Em's Slyde Handboard of choice is: The Wedge

Deal Beach in New Jersey is a "surfer's" only beach, best at low tide.
  • Type of Break: Beach Break
  • Good For: Beginner & Intermediate bodysurfers
  • Landscape: Long, flat beach on the Jersey Shore. Hurricane Sandy construction vehicles provide for a "locals only" kind of landscape.
  • Temperatures: Summer: 85 & humid air, high 60's low 70's Water. Winter: 35 Air, 30's Water
  • Wave Quality: 3/5 stars (5 best)
  • Average wave size: Typically thigh-chest high, occasional head high swells
  • Ideal Conditions: best at low tide
  • Best time of day & year to bodysurf here: Summer
  • Crowds: Crowded during Summer months
  • Dangers & Hazards: no lifeguard on duty
  • Fun Facts: Sand bar provides both lefts and rights. Spot does not attract tourists, event with free beach access and parking.  Dolphins occasionally pass during August/September migration. It's dog friendly with waves for every type of rider. Neighboring beach is the crime scene of the first ever Slyde Handboards East Coast Demo Day!
    Steven Brennan: Rockaway Beach, Queens New York

    New York may not necessarily feel like a beach town, but the city is home to 14 miles of public beaches. And Rockaway beach 91st Street (Surf Beach) is an excellent choice for day trippers.

    Personal bodysurfing style best described as: Newbie
    Steven's Slyde Handboard of choice is: The Phish
    • Type of Break: Easily Accessible Beach Break
    • Good For: Good for Beginners Intermediate bodysurfers
    • Landscape: For a city beach it is really an awesome place to be.
    • Temperatures: Average temperatures in the summer from when the beaches open range from 55 degrees all the way up to 85 in mid August. The air temp usually ranges from 85 to 94 degrees. Body Surfing is definitely an awesome way to cool off.
    • Average wave size:5 to 7 feet
    • Best time of day & year to bodysurf here: Best time of year to body surf at Rockaway Beach is mid to late August and into September
    • Wave Quality: 3/5 stars (5 best)
    • Crowds: Crowded during Summer months
    • Dangers & HazardsRip current, sharks, marine life, steep drop
    • Fun Facts: People love trying Slyde handboards here. You get a visit from dolphins every now and than, which is pretty awesome. Seagulls love flying away with your bag of chips.
    Josh Coroa: Warrens Point Beach Club, Rhode Island

    Personal bodysurfing style best described as:Relaxed
    Slyde Handboard of choice is: The Grom

    Warrens Point Beach Club is a private club in Little Compton, a small town in southeastern Rhode Island.

    • Type of Break: Find a member to gain access to this Beach Break 
    • Good For: Beginners & Intermediate bodysurfers
    • Landscape:Beautiful and peaceful
    • Temperatures: Average water temp is 65 & average air temperature is 70
    • Average wave size: varies drastically 1-3 and up when storms are rolling
    • Ideal Conditions:a few days prior to a coastal storm
    • Best time of day & year to bodysurf here:later summer, early fall
    • Wave Quality: 2/5 stars (5 best)
    • Crowds: Crowded during Summer months
    • Dangers & Hazards:Rip Currents
    • Fun Facts:  Offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sakonnet River.
    Spencer Asofsky: Robert Moses State Park, New York

      Personal bodysurfing style best described as: I like to get barreled and to have a long ride, but when it gets bigger it’s really fun to go fast and shoot out the barrel. 
      Slyde Handboard of choice is: Bula Board on heavy shorebreak days

      Robert Moses State Park is at the most western point of Fire Island NY, and attracts nearly 3.8 million visitors annually for good reason.

      • Type of Break: Easily accessible beach break by car or from the Babylon train station with a bus connection.
      • Landscape: The beach is clean and welcoming,drawing a diverse, easy-going, respectful bunch of beach goers and watermen.
      • Temperatures: Air Temp: Salt Creek has some incredible weather, June and July can be quite foggy, but the rest of the year is pretty much perfect. Winter slightly chilly mid-low 50's and summer hovers around 70-80's.
      • Water Temp: Average water temp is 68 & average air temperature is 72
      • Average wave size: 2.5 feet
      • Ideal Conditions: Kinda mushy in the summer but usually at high tide it gets really good.
      • Best time of day & year to bodysurf here: In the late summer, August and the beginning of September are the best
      • Wave Quality: 3 out of 5
      • Crowds: summer
      • Dangers & Hazards: Rips, Sharks, Steep Drop
      • Fun Facts: Best beach you can reach by car on Long Island. And Fire Island lighthouse is a cool add on.
      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, 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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