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December 21, 2015 2 min read

This my friends, is the single most emailed question we receive. (aside from maybe fan-mail for Cowboy)

We love that there’s a slew of you out there amped to represent Slyde on land and in the water.  And know that we’re always talent scouting to see who’s shredding what, and appreciate every #slydehandboards you throw up online.

But, truth be told being a sponsored team rideris a hard-fought battle that combines exceptional bodysurfing/handboarding skills along with a charming stoked personality.

All of our team riders are first chosen as Slyde Ambassadors,  and after showing off what they’re made of to the world, they may eventually become a sponsored team rider.

We view our sponsorship program like an education in stoke.

In high-school, if you want to be an honor roll student, you don’t just roll up to the principle and tell him that’s what you want. 

You put in the time, dedication, and commit to getting the grades.

We want to see the same from our riders, it’s about putting in the effort and sharing your wave-riding talents and experience thru pictures, videos, blogs, interpretive dance, music, whatever makes you standout & stoked on Slyde.

What To Do:

  1. Become a shredder at your local beach, and bodysurf everything.
  2. Demonstrate how you can benefit Slyde’s team and why you want to be a part of the family.
  3. Take & Share High Resolution photos and videos.
  4. Leverage social media. Set up Instagram and Twitter accounts for you as a bodysurfer. Post only on things relevant to your bodysurfing and try to build up as big a following as possible. Tag @slydehandboards #Slydehandboards in your posts.
  5.  Enter all the handboard & bodysurfing contests you can.
  6.  Maintain good grades, manners, and a healthy lifestyle.
  7. Stay dedicated to building & supporting ocean awareness

Now that you have the breakdown of what we look for in sponsoring a team rider, we’re stoked to see what you have in store for us in 2016! 

Bring on all that Gnarly Goodness! Cheers to an epic year full of adventures and stoke!

slyde Ambassador program


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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