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May 23, 2019 3 min read

If you question whether or not interest in the sport/hobby of bodysurfing is expanding, the answer is a resounding YES! 

We've seen more and more contests continue to pop up year after year, and we couldn't be more stoked.  The Bodysurf & Handboard contest scene tends to keep an underground vibe, but we wanted to keep you dialed in as much as possible, so no wave goes under-ridden.  

Find out great details on each contest below image ūüėĀ

Bodysurf Contest Calendar 2019

SlydeFest Australia June 1st 2019  

For the 1st time ever, the popular California handboarding event has expanded to the Gold Coast of Australia. A less competitive focused, and more fun community event, welcomes all experience levels!  Australians are so passionate about their sports, so I am expecting the next few years to be very exciting.

Sandy Beach Bodysurfing Contest June 8-9 2019

The 2019 Sandy Beach Bodysurfing Contest will be held on the weekend of June 8 & 9 at iconic Sandy Beach Oahu, Hawaii.  Brought to you by @kahanaluhawaii
Divisions are Diverse & Include:
Open Men 
Open Women
Mini-boogie 
Men’s Handboard 
Women’s Handboard 
Bodysurfing 18-under
Bodysurfing 19-49
Bodysurfing 50-over

SlydeFest California June 22nd 2019

For the 3rd year Slyde Handboards hosts this one of kind handboarding event, this time at the iconic surf break T-street in San Clemente.If you're looking for a high-performance, consistent, reliable surf, the iconic wave is a stand out break. Just a 1/2 mile south of the San Clemente pier, the exposed beach & reef breaks offers up ideal conditions, especially in the summer months. Expect a day full of FUN!

Itacoatiara, BR June 11- 14  2019

The Itacoatiara Bodysurf Classic will count as the 3rd stage of the Brazilian Bodysurf contest Circuit. With conditions monitored by the organization for the most optimal 2 days. The Champion of the Itacoatiara Bodysurf Classic 2019 also will win a trip to Indonesia!

Manhattan Beach, CA Aug 3rd 2019

The ISF Body Surfing Championships are run by the Gillis Beach Bodysurfing Association will be held on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Huntington Beach, CA Aug 10-11 2019

Chubasco's Bodysurfing & Handboard competition kicks off for the 12th year in Surf City USA. Formed in the 1980s as an organization to promote the sport of bodysurfing through participation and competition, The Chubascos Bodysurfing Association has a long and storied history. Original members were coaches, swimmers and friends on the Cerritos Aquatic Club. 

Oceanside CA Aug 17-18 2019

Since 1977 Oceanside Pier has put its name on the map for hosting a major bodysurfing competition. Over 300 bodysurfers both locally and globally descend on the city by the beach for 2 days of high talented competition.

Puerto Escondido Mexico,  Aug 24th 2019

A world class wave, even on small days. This break also know as the Mexican Pipeline, absolutely pumps during big summer swells. Work hard at it and there are in and out tube rides up and down the beach.  This contest is expected draw some of the most skilled watermen & watermen around the globe

Coronado, CA Sept 7th 2019

URT Bodysurfing & Handboarding Competition,  this crew always throws a super fun event for everyone. Located on Coronado Island, North Beach, this wave delivers serious womp action when a south swell is delivering. 

There will be four divisions. 
1. sqURT (ages 7-14)  
2. Open Men (all ages)  
3. Open Women (all ages)  
4. Handplane (all ages)

EURO BODYSURF TOUR 2019 Includes the following:

  • Anglet¬†France, Sept 22nd or 28th 2019
  • Mehdia,¬†Morocco Oct 2nd or November 9th 2019
  • Santander,¬†Spain Oct 19th or Nov 21st 2019

Santa Cruz, CA Oct 12th 2019

Getting "barreled since 1983" this contest is hosted by the Santa Cruz Body Surfing Association and the Santa Cruz State Lifeguards Association, at Laguna Creek Beach.  The contest goes into full fun effect on Saturday, with Sunday offering up an 8am Express Session for all. Anticipate chilly waters & good times.

Ventura, CA Dec 7th 2019

Hosted by South Jetty Swells this winter womp competition, lights up the California coastline.  Located at a sandy bottom beach right next to the Ventura Harbor. Where two jetties on either side of the beach, shoulders come from the right and left depending on the swell. Sandbars on the outside make for fun long rides and on the inside, you can find hollow shore breaks.

The Bodysurfing Contest includes 5 divisions:
Women's Open
Junior Men's
Men's
Senior Men's
Grommet/Beginners under 14 

Cheers to an EPIC contest season everyone!! 
Follow all the FUN ‚ě°ÔłŹ¬†HERE

Bodysurf and Handboard Competition

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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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.

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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.

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