Dalton: So Sammy D right here is gonna be my victim of the day.
Sam: Victim of the sea.
Dalton: He is gonna learn how to swim. Hey, guys. I'm Dalton Smith.
Sam: And I'm Sam Dogin, and today we are gonna to be teaching you how to ride your Slyde Handboards.
Dalton: Right here in beautiful Indialantic Beach. And we've got two boards. I've got the Bula, Sam's got the wedge, and we'll show you all the basics. We are gonna get our fins, show you how to put them on, pulling out, catching waves. Just everything you need to know to get started on your handboard. If you guys are ready, we got some fun waves and we are ready to get started.
All right guys. So real quick we're gonna talk about fins. It's really important you get some good fins. There's different models for handboards for different waves, but you also have to consider the fins you get. Sam is working with the Churchill
Makapuu, and I've got the defend pro models.
Sam: Another thing that you'll need with your fins, so you don't lose your fins that you spent $80 on, are some fin savers. You tie them onto the ankle strap and then you strap them to your legs.
Dalton: So if you're going out in big conditions, your fins are likely to be ripped off. This is gonna make sure that if they do come off, they're tied to your ankle. So let's go ahead and put them on. So with my fins, they're a little bit lighter weight, but they do have this hard plastic running right down the side. So as you're kicking in the water there's a little bit of give, but they're really stiff. Sam's, the Churchill
Makapuu, they're a little bit softer of a rubber and they've got a little more bend in them. So I'm just gonna take my foot, put it down in there, and then take the strap over my ankle. That is firm. I don't think it's gonna come off, but if I go in a really big surf, I will get some anchors and put them on.
Dalton: Our only other recommendation...Sam will give a really good demonstration right here is why we don't run with fins on.
All right guys. Well, Sam was a little bit overly exited so he is already in the water, but we wanted to finish this off with a hand strap on your board.
Before you get in the water, you wanna loosen this up. Loosen the second strap up. Stick your hand inside of there and get it to where it's firm but not cutting off your circulation. They do have leashes for the Slyde handboards, so when you go get your board check out the other products and get yourself a leash. So if you guys are ready we're gonna get out in the water.
When you guys are out in the water your feet and your hands are the only methods of propulsion, so to catch a wave your fingers needs to be closed. Take a really hard kick, kick really hard, and once you feel the wave pick you up, Slyde all the way to the beach.
If you're out in an area where you can stand, stand up to take a break. If you're ever too tired, go to the beach and play it safe.
All right guys. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna switch my left hand over to my right hand. If you go different directions or if you are left handed or right handed, it may be more natural. So try both and see what works for you.
If you are out in an area where you can stand, stand to take a break. Don't wear yourself out. And if you're ever too tired, go to the beach and play it safe. All right guys. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna switch my left hand over to my right hand. And you go different directions or if you're left handed or right handed, it may be more natural. Try both and see what works for you.