by Michelle Michalak May 20, 2017

As some are applying to college, are others are being accepted as ambassadors of stoke at Slyde Handboards.

We launched the ambassadorprogram to compliment our team rider program, and have seen an on slot of amped water loving people from around the globe applying to be a part of this epic community.  

We ask all Slyde brand ambassador applicants the question
"Why do you want to be a Slyde Ambassador" and below are 9 thoughtful responses that earned these ambassadors acceptance letters.

Ky Ereaux of NS Canada 

"I want to be a Slyde ambassador because I love the sport of hand-planing and want to be it's representative in Eastern Canada. The sport is in its infancy here, but we have a ton of great waves and there's growing awareness of bodysurfing as a legitimate activity. I'd like to represent a brand I think is doing cool things and develop its presence in this part of the world. I am an avid sailor, surfer and bodysurfer. I make my living from the sea and love everything about. I want to translate my passion for the ocean into the development of Slyde's products."

Dusty Glasner of Northern California 

"I have been stoked on Slyde since I first saw these rad handboards in a video on my Facebook feed. That was over two years ago, and I finally bought myself a board over a year ago and have been doing my best to get out when I can. I've been teaching myself to surf for over 10 years, and I've been bodyboarding and bodysurfing for as long as I can remember.

The beach and, even more so, the ocean have always been special places to me  and I never feel closer to them then when I'm in the water riding a wave. Being out there on a Slyde handboard is maybe my favorite way to ride waves  and I wanna share that stoke and psyche with as many people as I can.

I'll be honest - I don't get out as much as I would like. Being a full-time graduate student and scientist as well as a sponsored competitive rock climber takes up a lot of time. But I'll always represent Slyde to the best of my ability and spread the stoke and love wherever I go!"

Arthur Petrucci  of Bordeaux France

"I'm french fan of bodysurfing. I'm often the only one on the spot. It's really marginal in France and I want to develop the bodysurfing community and promote the Slyde product that i'm so a fan of!" 

Patrick Reiners of Henstedt-Ulzburg Germany 

"I am completely lost in love with the ocean. I am traveling the whole year around the world to find the best places for surfing, freediving and yoga. Usually I am using just my body and nothing else,  but there is just one exception: my flippers and my slyde-handboard. I like the idea to get the best results with all the nature has given to me BUT with this small extra equipment I have so much more fun in the waves. I am absolutely convinced of Slyde Handboards and to share my passion and my satisfaction with a big group of other water addicted people. I will make you proud and I am sure help the brand  get a little more well-known in Europe and elsewhere." 

Brady Rothschild of Asheville North Carolina

"I love the feeling of riding waves. Body surfing is really special to me, whether it be sharing waves with my mom and grandfather in our home town of Plettenberg Bay South Africa, or pushing to see what I can do with a handboard and a wave. I love going into the water. I want to show people all that bodysurfing can be." 

Michael Ashby of Newport Rhode Island

"From the first time I got my Slyde Handboard in 2012, from my grandma for Christmas, I really wanted to get sponsored for a cool and fun company like yours. I think the fun of handboarding is almost better than surfing and any other water sport to me because I'm so good at it. I wish we had big waves all year round to enjoy the fun of using handboards. In my area a lot of people always ask me what that thing on my hand is when I'm in the water and I say it's a Slyde Handboard. I'm hopefully glad to be apart of the slyde team and make the team bigger over on the east coast in Newport, RI.
Happy barrels." 
 

Kori Alpert of Orange County, CA

Slyde represents the fun and pure stoke of being a bodysurfer. I would love to continue spreading the word and introducing fellow waterman/waterwoman to this amazing sport. #bodysurfershavemorefun

Jack Sang of Durban, South Africa

I'm an ocean enthusiast and have a passion for the surf and swells it brings. I currently ride a Bula handgun and I am also a GoPro and surf photography fanatic. I share a stoke with my mates and encourage them to join me at the beach. I go to the beach almost everyday and I'm stoked about it. I'm very fortunate to live so close to the beach as it is my passion and the stoke it gives me is unreal.

I use a GoPro 24/7, it doesn't leave my side. Durban is currently starting a bodysurfing community where we will have contests running soon hopefully as there are already contests running in Cape Town. I've been referring others to your product as me and my uncle have been asked numerous times about our handboards as they stand out in the water. I would love to represent you brand as an ambassador.

Josh Ball of Ventura, CA

I have been bodysurfing my entire life. I've used it all, lifeguard boys, in-n-out trays, whatever I could find. The first time I put on a handplane, it changed my world forever! I want to be a part of the revolution!!

I live in Ventura and am a salty water dog through and through. But, I've always felt out of place because I am not great at surfing. Also, as a seasoned spear fisherman I get sassed for always wanting flat, flat water. However, with my Slyde Phish I now get stoked when I hear today's surf report and call up the crew to go whomp! I would be honored to be an ambassador and join the family.

Want to join these Epic Ambassadors?! Apply HERE
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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