August 23, 2016 2 min read

Slyde Handboards off the cuff Iphone video of Oceanside local Makena Magro, is creating a BIG splash on Instagram.

With in 1 week the video has OVER 25,000 views, delivering InstaStoke globally. 
The video was seen trending for #AlohaFriday 7 consecutive days.

Makena was introduced to Slyde by a mutual friend.  After learning she won the Grand Title for Woman at the World Bodysurfing Championships in 2015, she was immediately added to our talent radar.  

The video you're about to watch, is Makena's 1st test ride on a Slyde Hawaiian Bula Board at Oceanside Pier.   


Once you've seen her in acton, learn more about Makena in our exclusive Q & A session below.  And give her a follow on Instagram @MakenaMagro

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you grew up?

My name is Makena Kanoelani Magro. I'm a mainland Hawaiian, born and raised in Oceanside California

How did you get into bodysurfing?

I always had a love for the water. Growing up I did the Carlsbad State Junior Lifeguard program and one of my instructors, James Fenney, taught me how to bodysurf as a quicker way to get in from the surf line while racing. Once I got the basic streamlining in the wave down he then taught me how to ride the wave and a couple tricks. Everything I learned was because of him, and last year we both shared a special moment together of winning both our divisions in the World Bodysurfing Championships as well as the overall Grand title of the men and women competing. So that was a special day for both of us.

How was the Slyde Bula board to ride? 

The Slyde Bula is a great board to ride. It has a great shape and really gives you the speed you’re looking for going down the face of the wave. It’s a fun little board and you can still maneuver on it, which makes it super fun.  I think it changes the experience of bodysurfing because you’re getting that extra drive and speed when riding the wave. 

How's it feel to have a "viral" Instagram video?

I was surprised to see my video go viral like it did. I thought it was pretty rad though because you don’t see that many women bodysurfing out in the lineup these days so I am hoping my video will inspire other women to get out in the water and charge and just have fun. That’s what bodysurfing is about, having fun.

Congrats Makena to you InstaSuccess wishing you much Aloha at World Bodysurfing Championships 2016! 
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.