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December 19, 2016 2 min read

The Kpaloa fins of Brazil are enjoyed by World bodyboarding champions across the globe.

As swim fin connoisseurs here at Slyde Handboards, we felt it was our bodysurfing duty to put them to the test.  

We enlisted 2016 World Bodysurfing Champion for boys division 15-17 Dylan Biggerstaff gave them a go in Tahiti.

Described by the Kpaloa brand as: "High performance surface swimfins made of vulcanized rubber. The symmetric blades provide great propulsion and explosive power without overexerting knee joints. Very light and extremely comfortable. Soft foot pockets made of stretchy rubber specifically designed for a great fit prevent cutting off blood circulation."

Dylan's Rider Review below:Kpaloa Swim Fins

During my recent trip to Tahiti, (thanks a million to Steve and Angela at Slyde Handboards) I was fortunate enough to test out the lime green Kpaloa swim fins. The first thing I noticed was how extremely comfortable they are, and how soft the foot pocket is. After catching a few waves they really started to surprise me in how “slick” they felt when I was riding.

That meaning, they did not seem to hold me back at all, rather aid in my performance quite noticeably. Being almost perfectly symmetrical on both sides of the fin, they provided me great control and maneuverability. I was also impressed by how powerful the kick was; they really get you on the wave early and keep you in front of sections and helped me stay barreled longer and even make it out.

Being bright green they are also easily spotted in the surf if they do come off. I do not really see any downside to these fins; they are amazing. I am looking forward to using them again in the future.

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Slyde Bodysurf Gear Review: Brazilian made high performance surface swimfins made of vulcanized rubber.


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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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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