Jul 31, 2015

From Bob ...


The swell dropped from earlier in the week and offered plenty of glassy peaks for us to ride....without risking our lives in the process.  Looking like a fun weekend ahead for warm early morning glass.  

Thanks for taking such good care of my pals Howie and Rusty!


Jul 21, 2015

"I don’t know who Art is, but he’s a dead ringer for the eccentric White Knight from Alice in Wonderland."

Hey, you've hit the Big Time! Mentioned on a cable reality show blog!
Better anticipate a long line of weird ducks on your front stoop tomorrow, from soldiers of fortune to botanists.
Roger Crossland

Jul 16, 2015

From Eric ...

Hi Paul!

The XL mat made it to Japan! I took it out yesterday to get a feel for it... just in time for Typhoon Nangka. Even though I don't have fins yet. Bobbed around and got tumbled in some shore pound. I still had a huge grin on my face! Lots to learn.

Thanks again for the quick ship,


Jul 11, 2015

From Jonathan ...

Hi Paul,
How are you? Hope all is well.
Just had my next foot worked on- seven more weeks out of the water. The day before surgery as a treat, my friend and I went down to SDB and enjoyed the beautiful, clear, clean water there. She took some nice photos- here's one in the "soulful entry into mother ocean" category.

Hope you got in the water for this last south swell- take care.


Jul 9, 2015

From Surf Sister ...

I was shooting for 1000 followers on Instagram by July. We just hit the target today. Boom!

Surf Sister

Jul 8, 2015

From Steiny ...

July 11 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

About Mark Cunningham

Made in Hawaii, born in Massachusetts, Mark Cunningham has been in love with Hawaii’s ocean and surf for 59 years and is recognized as one of the best bodysurfers in modern history. While living and lifeguarding on the North Shore, this Ocean Ambassador was helping and assisting locals, visitors and international surfers both in and out of the water for nearly 20 years at the world famous Banzai Pipeline.
“When the conditions allow, I don mask, fins and snorkel and make the most out of exploring and scavenging reefs and impact zones for exercise and treasure. Archaeological beachcombing between Makapuu and Kahuku on Oahu’s Windward shoreline, provides pieces of life, stories and adventures. Remains of a wipeout, a forgotten wallet brought into the inviting waters, the shiny and new becoming corroded and encrusted in their underwater resting place are resurfaced and brought back to land to question what happened.”


About Jonathan Steinberg

Jonathan Steinberg was born in 1959 in Glen Cove New York. He lives, works and surfs on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
“I am interested in the character and personality that common consumer items acquire with use and age. This exhibition has portraits and an installation with bodysurfing swim fins as their subjects. The fins are beautiful and functional when new and then as they are used, abused, loved and lost gain a quiet dignity and world-weary melancholy. The portraits are of individual fins that have gained narrative with age. The installation here is made out of fins I have collected over the years. Most of my fins are orphans, found on the beach, at the dump, or at yard sales. I make pairs and give them away. If someone loses a fin they can come to me and find a match. Surfing comes before collecting and art.”

About the Gallery
The Great Highway is a fine-art gallery and working studio located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a resident of the city with a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere beauty, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. The studio collaborates with these artists in developing, printing, and presenting their work in a way that encourages the ongoing conversations in San Francisco’s many microcommunities. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.

Jul 7, 2015

More From Julia and Eric ...

Hi Paul
Attached is a 17 second utube video of me & my daughter catching a small wave on our 4GF mats.
This was the first one my son-in-law has done. Hopefully more to come.

regards eric 

Jul 3, 2015

From Hal and Sherry ...

Ahoy Paul,
Check out this weirdness I found on CL

Jun 30, 2015

From Julia and Eric ...

Hi Paul

Well mate we have just had 4 weeks of unreal winter waves. With offshore, sunny conditions. 
As I said to Da (scumm) Boys, It's great to be "Alive, Retired & Livin in Oztralia..
Of course just as the swells drop my daughter Julie get's a day off from making Pizza's & wants to go for a slide.
No prob's, so we found some tiny waves on our own and had a few laugh's. 
Gotta be a great when you can spend time with ya kid's slidin on our 4GF mats.

Regards Eric  

Jun 27, 2015

From Peter ...

Hi Paul,

Received the 'Fatty' a couple of days ago, thanks very much.

I have surfed it twice, both times with your young test Pilot, George.  Mate, whilst the conditions since I took delivery haven't been ideal, this mat bloody flies! I'm stoked.



Jun 20, 2015

Mitch's Reloaded ...

Mitch's North, in Solana Beach, is now carrying 4GFs on a semi-regular basis. A new batch went out today, and should arrive on Monday. Worth checking out if you live in the SD area!

Jun 18, 2015

Mendicino Matting Anyone ???...

Hello Paul!
The wife and I have made a last minute change in venue for our camping trip. With 100 degree weather forecast for Whiskeytown Lake (Redding) I was able to convince her to choose coastal camping instead. I just checked the forecast and there is a south swell on the rise! Suddenly I am curious about mat surfing near Caspar!
Can you pass along my email to anyone you may know from the area. I'll be up there Friday evening - Tuesday morning but I shouldn't try to surf more than once. I can handle any conditions from whomping to dribblers, but my mat prefference is typical: 4 foot hollow pointbreak with offshore winds :^D
Thanks Paul, I'm glad to see 4GF is still going strong and continues to expand around the globe!

Jun 16, 2015

From Art ...

Yesterday I used my new surf mat to traverse the pools in that granite canyon in central Arizona. I sink much deeper in the water than on my previous craft but the new mat is 40 ounces lighter and much more compact so it's worth the trade off to me. My back pack has a dry bag inside so nothing gets wet.
Thanks again. Great product.

Art C

Jun 14, 2015

From Ariel ...

Hey Paul,

I'm back from my adventures, what a great time! The mat was the ideal item to travel with. Not only was it's compact size the envy of all other surf craft riders as they lugged their board bags through the busy streets and endured multi hour drives with their boards barely strapped to the hoods of taxi's. It also worked like magic to dissolve localism.

I am an overly cautious visitor to new breaks. I would show up at these remote places, with only a few guys out, but still I would give tons of space and only take scraps. Every time, the locals would watch with curiosity and then invite me over to talk about the mat. What was it? Could they try? did I want to use their board while they rode my mat?- yes please. It was really amazing.

I am certainly not a pro at it, but that was part of the excitement. There were a few superb beatings as I desperately held on with all my might- cursing the no leash. Mostly fun times.

Thanks again!


Jun 13, 2015

Vans ...

...always on the cutting edge of what's happening!

Jun 11, 2015

RIP Scott Reeder ...

Friend to all mat riders, and many more....

Jun 6, 2015

Down Under ...

The order of importance goes left to right...

Jun 5, 2015

From Jaime ...

                                                       Photos: Daniel Pullen     Video Sequence: Mister Dirk

Hi Paul,

Life has been a little crazy lately, apologies for being out of touch so long.

Still riding the first Lotus you built me, haven't had a need for anything else. Anything new on the boil in terms of design or fabrics? You know I'm always keen to test ride whatever you are working on, and if I know you, you are definitely up to something new!
Feel free to use the shots on Instagram and the blog, just credit Daniel Pullen @danielpullen . 

Stoked to see the video sequence.

Jun 3, 2015

From Tom ...

Photo: Scott Reeder

Hi Paul,

I'm still riding the Omni exclusively, because it just works in all the kinds of waves I ride. I've always liked the way it bottom turns. All I have to do is look at the wave as I turn and the Omni seems to know where to go. The turns are solid and the acceleration is always a thrill.
Recently I had a fun session at a seldom-ridden inside reef on a windy afternoon at high tide; no hard boarders in sight. It was a typical mat surfing day for me. Thanks again for making this possible.

Tom T