Slyde handboards?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Toonces, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

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    Feb 27, 2008
    Slyde is like the Beater boards of handplanes: oversized, over-hyped, and over-marketed.

    There's dozens of small craftsmen creating and selling all kinds of planes in their garages from broken surfbort noses and other leftover pieces that are way more unique.
    And whoever said it's pointless to take a plane out on a big day.. Ha ha ha swim out on a 6ft sideshore choppy day with one, and tell me later about how much more fun your session was.
     
  2. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    That was me, and I have. I plane up on my hand just fine when it's got some size to it, and that was my point. In smaller surf, the extra surface area is great. Not sure if it makes a difference in terms of down-the-line speed... is that what you're talking about? What's the theory?
     
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  3. desandan

    desandan Well-Known Member

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    Feb 12, 2013
    Fins - if anything, is all you need.
     
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  4. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    Churchills and a Frisby all day
     
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  5. billdrit

    billdrit Well-Known Member

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    Aug 25, 2017
    this. a Frisbee golf disc is the right size - the hand fits inside perfectly to maintain grip.
     
  6. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    'Sup SI? Now that I've got a few months and sessions under my belt with the Slyde I want to share an update.

    TL;DR: This thing is probably the best ~$150 I've ever spent on surfing. It has quite literally revolutionized my surfing.

    Ok, so longer version. I've ridden the board in everything from 1' slop to about chest-head high and relatively clean, and it is rideable and fun in all of those conditions. I mentioned a while back in another thread that I was debating between taking the train to work and driving, with the caveat that if I take the train I'm unlikely to surf that day. Well, I decided finally that the drive on the I-5 every day was killing me and have been taking the train exclusively for almost two months now. And, I was right, surfing during the day has been almost impossible (although it is possible after work now that the days are longer). However, it turns out that the Slyde is just the right size to stick in a backpack with some Churchills strapped on the back...perfectly convenient.

    By the time I get done work the surf is usually blown out. But, on the Slyde it is still possible to have a lot of fun. As you guys know, bodysurfing can be awesome even in trashed surf. So what I've been doing is taking the Slyde and fins with me to work and back, and when I get off the train if there is any surf at all I just throw on the fins and paddle out. I'm actually getting more time in the water than before! And, I'm finding that I am paddling out more often because riding the Slyde is still fun in waves that I would have otherwise just blown off if I had a regular board.

    It gets better, though. Last week I had to travel to Norfolk VA for work and I threw the Slyde and fins in my suitcase. On Wednesday afternoon I was able to bodysurf 1st Street where it was almost unrideable on a surfboard, and no way would I have spent the money to rent one (or bring one) for those waves. Thursday I drove down to the Outer Banks and bodysurfed this little 1-2' hollow wave on some sandbar near Nags Head...85 degrees, straight offshore winds, and this tiny little peeler that was perfect for the Slyde. I even got a little barrel...a 1' barrel is pretty awesome when you're only 6" off the water.

    Last Saturday it was about chest-ish and fairly clean and I decided to take out the Slyde instead of a regular board. It was nice; when I'm bodysurfing I can weave in and out of the crowd easier, and catch a lot of waves that the rest of the crowd misses. When it got too packed, I just moved down the line and caught some corners. There is just so much less pressure when everything is fun to catch.

    So, all that is to say that I give the Slyde a solid two thumbs up. Yes, it's expensive for what it is, but I also think it is a very well made. The creators really put some thought into it and the more I'm riding it the more I'm appreciating its quality. I find myself regretting not having something like this years and years ago...all those days I checked the surf and then just went home because it was blown out, too small, whatever, and this thing would have enabled me to get an hour in the water. It really has been an amazing experience for me, and, if I'm going to be honest, I find myself just pulling out the Slyde rather than a board even when it is surfable sometimes. I'm just having more fun swimming out and catching 20 waves in an hour and not worrying about crowds, winds, boning a takeoff, getting dropped in on, missing waves...it's just no hassle fun.

    If you're sitting on the fence, I say definitely give one a try.
     
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