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Slyde handboard materials

only the best materials for the best boards

At Slyde Handboards we take tremendous pride in our product.  We believe that quality workmanship is key.  All of our handboards are uniquely designed with the consumer in mind.  They are made from the same materials as a surfboard, designed and shaped from master shapers, hand-finished and hand-glossed. (if they have the glass finish)  

Our Materials

Slyde Handboards are made from 100% epoxy for maximum strength.  Stand on it if you don’t believe us...ok, that is probably not the smartest thing to do, but you get the idea. We use extruded polystyrene foam blanks for lightness (no excess baggage costs on your next vacation).

A specially formulated epoxy resin, which is 4x stronger and tougher than polyester resin is used on our boards to balance tensile strength, hardness, impact strength and non-toxicity. Our proprietary CSC technology sandwiches the foam core in a 3mm layer of PVC foam. This sandwich technology increases strength by 30% and decreases weight by nearly 30%. Our vacuum seal process creates a full and completely seamless cover over the whole-board which eliminates weak spots found in many other sandwich boards.

Epoxy resin

Resists breakage and the toughness resists dings, with a reinforced rail and nose area-where there is a greater chance for dings.  Our boards are constructed exactly the same way as your favorite Stick. Just add your handboard to your quiver - or better yet get a quiver of Slyde Handboards® The manufacturing process also allows for crystal clear customizable decals. Check out our Art SYnDikit - we are always searching for new talented artists to add to our crew. 

Slyde Woody Veneers

  • Bamboo: 

    We love bamboo!  Bamboo is such a beautiful and useful plant, not to mention an ecologically friendly material.  Our boards are hand-crafted and made from genuine bamboo that adds simple elegance to your Slyde acceleration machine!

  • White Oak: 

    White oak is truly the all American wood. Dense, strong, durable, and from a long-lived tree, it welcomed the settlers to the east coast. It was used for durable bottom logs in cabins, ships, wagons and now most importantly Slyde Handboards!

  • Black Hickory:

    The combination of strength, toughness, hardness, and stiffness found in hickory wood is not found in any other commercial wood.  Strong and resilient, any black hickory board will be sure to get everyone on the beach jealous.

  • Macassar:

    This eye-catching Macassar veneer is dramatic, expensive and one of the finest hardwoods in the world. 

  • Mahogany:

    Prized for its beauty, durability, and color, we thought there is no better wood than Mahogany to get barreled with!

  • Padauk:

    The wood of kings, railroad trains, and many names.  Padauk is valued it's toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish color.  A board with Padauk crafted for a King!

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Slyde handboard Construction

How are our handboards made

Slyde Handboards® or handplanes patented shapes and construction are initially hand-shaped and crafted by a team of professionals with years of experience. Marius Joubert has been shaping for 24 years. He has shaped for various top brands and currently works for Bilt surfboards in Durban, South Africa. Marius shaped both the Double Swallow Tail Thruster and the Pin Tail Long Board Polyurethane prototype.

Jason Hoffman is the owner of Hoffman Surfboards out of Long beach, California .He is a talented epoxy shaper with years of experience in surfboard design and construction. Jason shaped the epoxy Double Swallow Tail.

The Slyde handboards mold process assures that the rocker and outline are exact. Every board ends up with the shape our test ryders have carefully refined through continuous Slyder/shaper communication and teamwork. Shapers then fine-tune the bottom, rail’s and rocker for optimum performance and flow. The layers of fiberglass and epoxy are then applied, and lastly the board’s Graphics are applied, The Handboards are then hand finished and buffed to produce the piece of candy you see before you. All that is left to do is go - and ride it like you stole it, and as we always say get shacked cuz.

Our introductory shape into the market has been the swallow tail or what we call the double swallow tail, because of the wings higher up the rail more or less where the front fins sit. The shape can also be commonly referred to as the "wing" shape of the swallow tail family of boards and commonly used on the fish surfboard. However, it is becoming more and more popular on short board designs.

The Swallow tail is closely related to the squash tail by that we mean that the tail provides more water surface area between the rails, this gives the rider exactly what they want in more planning speed and lift out of the water. The tail curves down and forms a V-shape cutout where it would have been a squash box has now been removed to create two points these two points of the swallow tail give the board more control and hold on tight turns.

The swallow tail combines a rail drive of the square-tail and the sensitivity of the Pin-tail. Our version allows an increased drive into smaller dumpier waves and the wings or double swallow allows for extra control on steeper face where you really need it. We intentionally included a wider tail to allow for that little bit of extra hand coverage. We found with smaller handplanes/handboards there wasn't the control we were looking for.