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Prince and Princess of Monaco: Bodysurfing Fans

June 04, 2013 2 min read

Sharing the Bodysurfing Stoke   

We are super proud to announce that we have some royal fans in Europe.  Hopefully, we will bring more bodysurfing stoke to the Monaco royal family with their new handboards. The Prince and Princess of Monaco were stoked to get their Slyde handboards on a recent trip to South Africa! Check out the photos.

Prince of Monaco bodysurfing fan.The Prince of Monaco was a five-time Winter Olympian piloting his bobsled, so he is used to speed.  Clearly he loves sports, and you could say he knows how to slyde on ice anyway! He loves to surf, sail and water ski, so we reckon from his smile that he will enjoy his new Slyde handboard.

Princess Charlene Foundation

The Princess is also a former South African Olympic swimmer (safe to say she can handle the ocean) and she runs a foundation that teaches and inspires kids to accomplish in the athletic field and in particular, swimming.  We think this makes Slyde Handboards the perfect match.  What better way to teach the kids how to master the ocean than on a handboard.  Groms have to start somewhere! Who else are we going to watch tear up Teahupo'o in the 2025 code red swell?

Princess of Monaco bodysurfing fan.The Princess is very passionate about the foundation.  In her words, “Because I’m very passionate about swimming, and teaching children to swim, I’ve drawn the inspiration from this to put back into a sport that I love very much."

The foundation gives opportunities to young athletes that might not have the means to reach their goals due to their lack of facilities and coaching. The present and future goals of the foundation are highlighting the importance and reinforcing the awareness of water safety.

Hopefully Slyde Handboards can give back and help in some way, like bringing the stoke of ocean to more people by teaching kids bodysurfing and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left



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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