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May 01, 2019 1 min read

The YEW heard around the world!

3x Big Wave Tour World Champion Grant Twiggy Baker of Durban South Africa joins Slyde Handboards Team. 

There are moments in time that you'll remember forever, and April 30th 2019 was one of those days. The day, marked the 1st time in history a professional surfer became a team rider for a bodysurfing/handboarding company

"This is a very big day for me personally as well as the sport of bodysurfing/handboarding at large.  As a fellow South African, I surfed the same breaks as Twiggy, and grew up watching in admiration as his surfing career unfolded.  It's always a true honor to meet one of your heroes, but to work with them is a special day indeed. What an incredible day, and what an incredible opportunity for the bodysurfing community."  Steve Watts Slyde Founder

Twiggy is arguably one of the most respected watermen of our generation. The Slyde x Twiggy partnership was made public just days before the 2019 WSL Big Wave Awards for Men's XXL RIDE of the Year, in which Twiggy is a nominee. 

Twiggy was the perfect fit for Slyde in that he believes the ocean should be enjoyed, respected, like us grew up bodysurfing and believes in riding everything - let the waves determine your board of choice.  "Have Fun. Ride Everything."

We are so humbled and excited to kick off this perfect partnership.

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Slyde Handboards Grant Twiggy Baker

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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See the Stoke

684 reviews
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