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, 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.