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April 08, 2017 3 min read

The Grom handboard was a complete rethink, taking careful consideration into design, shape, the ideal rider.

The Shaping of the Grom

As a company we're highly in tune our customers andcommunity of ambassadors. 
Over the last 7+ years in creating the handboarding market, we've come to realize that, although there's need for the high-end performance driven shapes, like Sean Enoka's Bula board, the market was evolving.

As the market started to grow, a gap starting to form. People were starting to wake up to how much fun the sport is and really want to try it, but the cost was prohibitive and the materials and shapes seemed above their ability.

Through that realization, we knew we needed a less intimidating, more fun looking and feeling board. Something that anybody, no matter their ability or skill level could get into. A board that performed amazingly and was made with bump friendly materials, that any parent would approve of.

The Grom Rider

We also thought very long and hard about why we do what we do, and apart from the obvious that what we do is just fun, we also have a deep dedication to creating an “all inclusive community”.  

We wanted this board to tell a story that the ocean is open to everyone, that you don’t need to be dropping in at pipeline or the wedge to have fun.

We truly believe the more people that get to experience the ocean in a fun and enjoyable way, the better because in the end it's really just about fun.

That being said although the Grom was designed with the beginner in mind, there's no stopping anyone from going out and getting bombs. Even Pipeline pros like Sean Enoka of Hawaii are stoked on it: 

"TheGROM boardis a very nice compliment to what Slyde has in its stable. Perfect blend of soft foam and functional shape excellent fun-board. Something that I'm not worried will take out a tooth, but can give a big boost of lift & speed. Looking to get some massive womp sessions. I got really good waves out at sunset. Super long rides on good sized 4-5ft sunset. Got a bunch of comments from tourists”

The Future of Waveriding 

The Grom board, opens up an entirely new market of riders that were gun shy for either the price or the idea that the handboards are too “pro” for their ability.

The lower price and great quality of the Grom, becomes a perfect entry level for someone regardless of their skill. Allowing everyone to try it and see if they like it. Perhaps ride it for a year, and then graduate to one of the more performance orientated boards.

From the start of Slyde way back in 2010, and even on the first ride on the first prototypes, I got out the water and knew that all someone needed was to try it and they would be hooked.

The Slyde stoke has happened a lot already, just take a look at our instagram and facebook community images/videos #Slydehandboards and you can see how much fun it is.

We’re beyond stoked to bring this board to life with your support on Kickstarter

Reserve your Grom board HERE & prepare for an epic summer 2017.

 

The Grom Board: The Shape. The Rider & The Future of Waveriding

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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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