July 13, 2018 2 min read

Has San Clemente California become a International Handboarding Destination?

Ask the 50+ competitors and a sea of enthusiastic onlookers from SlydeFest and you’d get resounding nod, YES.

People set aside work, puppies, family chores, and traveled from as far as Tahiti to spend a day at the beach at Slyde Handboards 2nd Annual Charity Handboard competition.  San Clemente the “Spanish Village by the Sea” is an icon to the easy going Southern California beach life, now has a new wave of watersports lovers whomping down the coastline, handboarders.

Bodysurfing legends like Sean Enoka & Keali’i Punley of Hawaii, alongside local SoCal talent like Mark Drewelow & Makena Magro, and Marie Dubois all the way from Tahiti made it a stacked competition pool. 

4 Handboarding Divisions included:
Teens 14-19
Men 20-48
Mens- 49+

The laidback vibe and diversity of contestants, made the contest more about community building than competition. While an expression session, and raffle added that extra fun for all appeal. “It was awesome getting in the water and having a good time with people from all over the world and state, while raising money for a great cause, A Walk on Water. It’s impressive to see how big the Slyde Bodysurfing community has grown." Makena Magro

An epic day of having fun with friends (new & old) raised $1500 for AWOW, surf therapy for children.

The 2018 Slyde Handboards Winners Circle included.

Teens 14-19
1. Caden Evans
2. Dylan Biggerstaff
3. Finn Gallagher

1 Makena Magro
Marie Dubois 
3. Kori Alpert

Men 20-48
1 Sean Enoka
2 Keali'i Punley
3 Robert Thurmond

Mens- 49+
Mark Drewelow
2. Paul Quigley
3.  Shawn Kite

Thank to everyone who made this event happen both near and far! 
Hope you can join us next June 2019 in San Clemente California,
for SlydeFest session.

Check out the EPIC recap video below by JacuzziSurfer

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.