Our sale this past April netted almost 70 orders! (This time of year, 40 or so during that time span would be average.) I'm just now caught up with the back log. Thank you all for your patience.
The ratio of new mat riders compared to established riders looking to back up their quiver with an extra mat or two was roughly 3-1...which is just about the norm during non-sale periods.
The breakdown of models is also similar to most months. Trackers and Omnis dominate, with Fatties and Vespas coming second, and XLs, UDTs, Standards and Classics making up the rest of the orders in about equal numbers. One Lotus order came through as well.
The neatest part, for us, is to hear the responses from new mat riders who've been on the fence about trying a mat, then going ahead and getting one during the sale.
This Joe, used my mat 1st time today and had a blast. It was a learning experience but never a dull moment. Got some good waves and really enjoyed it. Getting to the outside, I was using lifeguard rescue techniques with the mat as mu victim and instead going toward the shore, I was going out.
Started with a 90% bend and let out more air until it fell really comfortable.
Used DaFin kicks but I think, I will try the regular DaFin or Duck Feet. I felt not enough thrust with the kicks.
The rides were just pure fun, really enjoyed it. My wife was a little shy still but I will get her on it.
Thanks for the quick service on the surf mat. I plan to use it like it shows me in this picture. This is in a narrow granite canyon in central Arizona that I've been going to for more than 40 years. I sit on the mat and stay out of the cold water. The air mattress I've been using is worn out and I'm looking forward to about 15 more years going there with your surf mat.
I'm sure the surf mat will provide plenty of buoyancy for my technique. Besides, I'm
thrilled to be soon owning something that was NOT made in you-know-where by Communists.
Photo from the first trip through in 1973 with no-longer-made Stebco air mattresses.
When I saw this my ears pricked up, being a fan of the Beach Boys, The Ranch and 1968 in general. Probably not blogworthy, but it does have Thee Content.
I wonder about the motivation for this shot. Credibility construction? Seems a little superfluous by 1968.... Anyway, Bruce Johnson and Dennis Wilson catch-a-wave while Al Jardine is shown flailing on some kind of mat.
And Mike Love doesn't bother.
Hope you're well, and happy being home. I'm now halfway through what will now be an 7-8 month dessication period... doin' alright.
I saw on your website that you have a sale on at the moment. It gave me the impetus to consider a new mat.
Since I got the Standard last year my daughter has grabbed it and loves it. She's better than me on them which grates a bit but it has led to some great dad daughter experiences. We even had some good waves in Indo last year.
First of all, thank you all so much for your kind words regarding my mother's passing. Gloria and I were overwhelmed by the condolences we received...and believe me, you made a difference in our lives over the past month.
The 4GF sale that's been going on during the month of April will end Friday, May 8th. Orders received Saturday and beyond will reflect our usual retail price...but with the upside that those orders will go out ASAP. (Sale orders are all on a 3-4 week delay as we address the backlog of orders we received...over 60 of them!)
After six months of use I've found that pod 3 fins are a significant step up from the excellent (except for being a bit underpowered) pod 2 flippers that I previously used for five years. 3s are about 15% more efficient, and unlike 2s, they haven't needed any modifications to stop chafing. (Although I may glue some nylon webbing around the outsides of the heel straps, as being soft and comfy, they stretch a bit when going at super speeds.)
Pod 3s have fairly fast kicking velocity (on par with Da Fins), are very very comfortable, and brilliant once up and riding because of their smooth shape and excellent side rails. They have superb drainage that quickly removes sand.
Pods 3s definitely require tethers tied short because the forgiving straps don't stay properly placed all the time. I've been going with pod because my feet are wide and have some sensitive knobs but my ankles are skinny. pod 3s have comfortable smallish ankle holes, and tons of interior space, which suits me. Once I hit the water I don't have to think about my flippers and just let them do their thing.
I'm happy with pod 3 and not looking for the next purchase, which must mean that they're pretty good. I recommend these well designed top-quality real rubber fins for most matters most of the time. (Make sure to use good tethers tied tight to the top edges of the heel straps.)
Just realized that it's been thirty years since we met and I got my first 4th Gear Flyer from you! Initially there were lots of questions to be answered about how to ride a mat. Now I'm questioning those answers and letting the mat do the riding. The less I do the better I go. 4GF has been my most life-improving technology. All the other adoptions and adaptations grow increasingly complex and demanding of upgrades. Matting has become simpler and less technical to the point where thinking is unnecessary and it's all about feeling. These days the mat finds its own genius lines if just I let go and stay with it. Goofing around on 4GFs is one of the precious few things in life that gets fresher and funner as time passes... Cheers Mates!!!
PS: Attached is a shot of my current kit: Mini + pod 3 w/ homemade tethers + $1.50 boardshorts
I'm just sharing a short clip my twelve year old boy Alejandro riding your 4GF in Cocoa Beach, FL. I'm pretty stoke about it. Your 4GF is not only for old school, it's for new school too. More power to you and 4GF.
It was a mini mat meet, and David Song took a few pictures. This was the Omni DRP. In retrospect I should have turned at the top and run for the shoulder, such as it was, it gets walled down here on a south.
If I turned earlier and got it into 4th gear I might have made the section. The DRP definitely holds in on the drop and bottom turn!