by steven watts December 07, 2017

In the quest for wave riding perfection. Slyde Handboards was established in California in 2010, by a community of designers, surfers, and ocean lovers.

From a fast food tray to epic wave riding in the palm of your hand, Slyde Handboards are all about the smile and the stoke.

Step inside the minds of this up and coming surfbrand, with Slyde co-owners Steve & Angela Watts.


"I used to teach surfing, and the biggest problem I had was kids would take out the big surfboards and feel completely overwhelmed. The difference with bodysurfing/handboarding is you're essentially learning how to catch a wave without the frustration, and steep learning curve.

I've been making these handplanes since I was a kid. The design innovation for  the Slyde Wedge, our 1st handboard, was the bigger shape and volume gives you much more lift and longer rides."


"The first day I went out it was probably one to two feet, and I had a blast catching so many waves. I understood now what it really felt like to catch a wave. Within the first few weeks of handboarding, I was going in 3-4 foot waves and catching actual barrels."


"You see a handboard is planing device that fits in your hand, what that does is it increases the circumference of your hand. As an add on to bodysurfing with just your hand, you now have a little board.

The goal of handboarding is I want kids and everybody to have fun on it, it's great to see smiles and catching the wave of their life. Whether it's team rider Willy Cole, who's been riding them since way back when, to Toby who just discovered handboarding, it's that massive smile is what we're aiming for. "


steven watts
steven watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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