July 08, 2017 2 min read

The Slyde Handboards ambassador program was designed to be an
all-inclusive whomp club/community for water loving people around globe.

We ask all Slyde brand ambassador applicants the question "Why do you want to be a Slyde Ambassador" some people give us a single emoji response...

Others like UK Bodysurfer Owen Jacka response tells us a story worth sharing.

"Well, where to start? At the beginning I suppose. Bodysurfing is at a really exciting time in history.As an emerging sport,  but it is also a primal form of fun.The first bodysurfer was probably a Seal, I’d imagine they were the first ambassadors of the sport too.

I think that is worth remembering to give bodysurfing its proper historical context in surf sports, it’s a primal sport we share with other animals, especially Seals.  We’ve been copying their equipment in the modern age, with flippers and a rubbery layer of second skin to keep us warm.

There is one evolution of the sport that takes us beyond our whiskered friends…the handboard.   When it came for me to get a handboard, I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion it had to be a Slyde. The build quality, design and performance are off the charts. That was 1 year ago and my board still looks brand new.

I think I was about 8 years old when I first saw a bodysurfer sliding across an unbroken wave. It was a real moment of discovery for me, after that I knew I wanted to bodysurf. I had a similar moment of discovery when I took my Slyde wedge out for the first time and got about 15 mini-barrels in an hour of 2-3ft conditions. I got some barrels without a handboard, but my Wedge got me on more waves for longer, and on fast waves reach speeds I know I’d never reach without the board.

That’s the stoke for me of becoming an ambassador, to show people the sport and to show them just how good Slyde handboards are for enhancing the fun! After living in London and broad for most of my adult life I returned home to Cornwall, UK a few years ago.

I feel very lucky to be able to return to such a beautiful place to live and I do my best to make the most of it. Bodysurfing, being so connected to the waves and the sea is a big part of embracing where I live for me. We only get one life and time bodysurfing is time well spent!"

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.