by steven watts December 26, 2016

What are the top things our riders would say to someone who really want to get into handboarding?

We asked a few of our Slyde riders and ambassadors just what they loved about handboarding, and in particular using the wedge handboard. All these guys have been either bodysurfing or handboarding for a long time and we really appreciate their input on what makes this such an amazing and fun sport and particularly for someone who really wants to learn how to ride waves and experience the fun of the ocean and riding waves.

Learning to love the ocean

Learning to enjoy the ocean safely takes a lot of practice to understand how the water moves and the way waves work. However once you get the hang of it and become more relaxed in the ocean, you get to experience a lifetime of enjoyment. It is truly a treasure to be able to understand and experience and we hope by starting to handboard and bodysurf you are able to get there even quicker.

Below are a few reasons this becomes a ritual ,passion and obsession for most. 

A word from our team

Mike Baker , New Zealand: You catch more waves so you have more fun, even when the conditions are small and mediocre! When you progress, you get way more barrel time! :) It's also more fun swimming around the line-up without a board to bother with and when you duck-dive, you actually gain ground rather than getting swept backwards if you mistime it with a board :)

Chris Schmidt, South Africa: 1. less equipment to carry around in and out of the water 2:getting shacked easily 3:even on a small days when everyone's bitching about the no surf you're

5still frothing 

Grant Jaques , Australia: You can surf pretty much any wave regardless of size and learn just relax while getting smashed by some green monsters

Willy Cole, East Coast US: 1. It comes naturally, makes the learning curve for wave riding very easy.  2. Have fun on any size wave. 3. Easiest way to get a barrel

 Love the ocean and see you out here 

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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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