Podcast Air Date: November 16, 2020
Angela Watts grew up in Rhode Island, spending her summers on the ocean, both sailing and bodysurfing. Having a passion for sports, fitness and health, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree, double majoring in Physical Education and Health Education from Plymouth State University.
Angela met her husband and business partner, Steve Watts, when she moved to California in 2012 and became CEO of their company, Slyde Handboards. She wears multiple hats at Slyde including: business planning/development, logistics, sales, and finances.
"We have a new foam entry level product for $49 at Dick's, Amazon, and our website. We actually launched a shoe company with Mark and Ashton since hand boards are a seasonal product."
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The idea for Slyde was born on a beach in Durban, South Africa, where Steve Watts spent his childhood surfing and swimming. He and his friends especially liked to bodysurf the coastline known for its challenging surf, with the help of flat, wave-riding objects like flip-flops, Frisbees and even fast-food trays. These handboards allowed users to move faster and have more control in the water.After studying product design in London and San Francisco, Mr. Watts eventually made his way to Los Angeles. In 2010, he won the green card lottery and sold his first Slyde Handboard online in the summer of 2011.
Since Slyde Handboards inception, the sport has grown from an underground niche to a mainstream watersport selling thousands of handboards to over 40 countries and having handboard competitions all over the world. Slyde Handboards was featured on Shark Tank which led to investment from billionaire Mark Cuban and celebrity, Ashton Kutcher.