Few businesses can say they got their start from a tray. To most, the inconspicuous fast food tray was nothing more than a handy device to carry your Big Mac and fries to the old rusty immovable table on the beachfront boardwalk. However, to a 14-year-old spending his or her day on the beach, those trays meant so much more.
As is the human condition, there was the need for perfection and ummm… innovation, I think. Let's just say, not all trays are born the same. Of course, it became our mission to sort the chaff from the wheat. Tray hunting was serious business back in the day and the need for the perfect ride often outweighed the need to not be chased down the beach by flailing armed restaurant staff.
Modification was rife and I guess you can call it early product development. In hindsight, what better way to spend a day than perfecting wave-riding machines! The lift and extra speed these improvised Handboards provided were the driving forces that inspired a line of boards to enhance the bodysurfing experience for everyone and the birth of Slyde Handboards and a dream.
It all started because, well If we enjoyed it why wouldn't everybody else? We had hunch we wouldn't be the only ones who got that uncontrollable smile after getting shacked on a handboard. The feeling that you're just a Grom having the greatest time in the ocean, and we weren't wrong. To date we have Shipped to over 30 countries. To places I didn't even know had surf and made friends and connections all over the world, from Australia to Russia and back. This is why we do this. This is the STOKE!
Slyde would not be where it is today without these boundary-pushing, open-minded, sun-burnt lovers of fun. This passionate bunch is what makes Slyde awesome. Go ahead - read a Slyde blog written by Sarah, chat with Michelle on Slyde's facebook page, email Angela a complaint (she will turn your frown, upside down), or just get stoked while riding one of your Slyde Handboards designed by Steve.
We have great plans for the future of Slyde but above all we plan to stick to our Roots, Designing and building beautiful, fast and well priced handboards. Boards you will be more than stoked to take down the beach. Handboards you will want to show off to your friends. Design is at the beginning of what we do and follows everything we do, from our handboards all the way through to our website, customer service , packaging and beyond. We are passionate about creating and designing new, fun toys for you to play in the ocean with and plan to do it for years to come. so come join us for the ride.