Nov 24, 2020

From Matthew

Hey Paul, 

This is from our trip to South Africa last year. A great trip with great friends and great waves. This is a section of a movie that Josh Simpson is slowly working on. It features Ellis Ericson, Beau Foster, and myself. 

More to come maybe. 

 Thanks for the fun, we always enjoy the ride.


Nov 21, 2020

From Don




Since in all my years of matting I have had only one picture taken I was sort of stoked to see I was captured on the Surfline cam yesterday. Fun on the Tracker, this has been a pretty great week. Here is the vid, going right. Thanks for your mat designing skills!


Nov 12, 2020

From Nilus



Hey, Paul!

So it's been more than seven years since I bought my Omni from you and it's still going strong. Actually, after largely neglecting it for a while, I started taking it out more frequently in the last couple years ... Including some good Rincon sessions with other mat riders. Such a blast.

I just got back from a trip to the Outer Banks (my daughter was competing at NSSA nationals) and found some really fun tube opportunities at a mysto sandbar that was like a reverse sandspit. Also rode it at the Waco wave pool last year. (Pics of both attached.)


Nov 2, 2020

From Sounder The Beagle's Mom


 Hey PG,

Just got out on my Fatty for first time this weekend. I paddled out at Del Mar yesterday. It was a clear and gorgeous fall morning. To my complete surprise, a dude was out there on an Omni showing me how it's done. I was so stoked to see another 4GF!! He said he was from Newport Beach, but I didn't catch his name. I asked him for some pointers after which, I caught a nice left. I'm getting used to riding bag of air. There's a learning curve for sure but having fun in School of Ocean. Thanks Paul!

PS.   Hey, wondering about surfing with other San Diego locals. Do you know of any flyers in SD Country that might like to do a meet up?

Thanks PG! 


thewordnerd at yahoo dot com

Wait...Did This Guy Just Call Me a Kook???


Oct 29, 2020

From Jon





 Hey Paul,

I hope you're having a great week! I wanted to send along a shot from this past weekend that my friend Nick Lavecchia took of myself headed out on my Tracker along with my buddy Ty who's a boarder. We had some great swell here in southern Maine and NH and I rode five sessions from Thursday night to Sunday morning all on the Tracker. It was good size surf, Saturday was 6-9ft in the evening, so the paddle out and the few times I got caught inside were an adventure to say the least. 
I lost the mat a couple times each session and had to bodysurf in, pick it up, and make the paddle out again. But, the big waves and fun shoulders I caught made it all worth it. I felt like my riding made some steps forward where I was able to chain multiple sections together, make some great cutbacks, and FLY on some big shoulders. 

Sadly in the next month or so the water will get too cold for anything but mittens here, which I think will make it too hard for me to keep a handle on the mat on big days. 

Thanks for making such an awesome product.




Oct 24, 2020

Foreign Shipping Suspended for 4GF


Sorry Vlad, no more mats for you...


Sad news...4gf won't be shipping mats out of the USA until further notice. 

Our postal service will no longer track packages once they leave the States, nor will they offer insurance. We've already lost several foreign shipments in the past year due to poor tracking, so this latest developement is the straw that broke the camel's back.

Of course, there are alternatives for foreign shipping. While we spend between $60 and $70 to ship a mat overseas with the US Postal Service, shipping services such as DHL and Fed Ex are approaching $200 for the same package.So it's prohibitively expensive.

So, for the time being, we will will only ship within the US. When the situation changes, we'll let you know.


Paul and Gloria

Oct 22, 2020

From Tusked Beast


Very interesting bit at 8:30 about a neurological "aspect of lateral acceleration that makes us feel good" pertinent to surfing, but the rest of the piece is thought-provoking too eg., some insights into assholism....

Hope you're well. After a queasy summer of smoke, heat and dull surf that did nothing to distract, here in SF we've had a nice run of clean air, offshore/glass and good small surf. I've found a lot of soul-healing on the Lotus... for which it seems appropriate to send you namaste.

Hang in there....




Oct 15, 2020

From Dennis


 Hey Paul,

Got the new vespa roundtail yesterday-been out twice in mushy sub-par surf and have had a lot of fun.  (much more than I would have had on one of my surfboards). It catches waves easily and despite its size,it is very quick to respond to input.  I have a lot to learn, and am having fun with the process.  
Thanks again-


Oct 5, 2020

From Warren

 Just add fins!



Oct 4, 2020


Hi Paul!

Hope you’re well. I just ordered a Standard model mat. Stoked to try it out, I’ve been riding the Tracker Roundtail for a few years  now.

Roundtail offshore day shifting into 4th gear

@fulltoilet on Instagram

Thanks again,

Oct 2, 2020

From KP



 Hey Paul,

 Malloy girls having fun. 

 Hope you guys are Safe and Good .

Oct 1, 2020

From Frankie D

 Hello Paul, 

Mate thank you once again for another splendid job , the Lotus is precisely what I had envisioned. 

Ella spilt the beans a few weeks back, that she had ordered the mat for me. Hahaha it blew me away, I told her to not spend money on me , to save her money as she’s only 17. However I was wrapt none the less because it was a lovely gesture. 

It’s funny because I was about to get on to you about 3 weeks ago after our last conversation. I got a larger than expected tax bill in and was going to message you to put the mat on hold for a bit. Thanks for putting the mat together for Ella and myself, your a good man Paul. I absolutely love the look and feel of it and am chomping at the bit to christen it. Take care mate thanks again. 


Sep 28, 2020

From Bryce


Hi Paul, I hope you are doing well. 

Last winter Regi came to visit me in Barbados when my research ship pulled in there and brought the mats. I shot a couple rolls of film and just got done processing it. This was the first time Regi ever had ridden a mat! You can see the pure joy in her face, so cool.

She LOVES the custom mat you made her. She is primarily on the 4GF now and rides her surfboards only when the crowds and conditions all come together perfectly. She says that riding a mat just is way more fun! Anyways, I thought you would appreciate these.

Your friend, 


From Stephane


Hello Paul

I just purchased a tracker surfmat.

I have tried several surfmats in the 15 years that I have been practicing, I must say that my standard model, bought a few years ago is by far my favorite ! (perfect for my sons too !) the upper fabric has a super grip!

Thank you for this good job


Sep 21, 2020

From Surf Sister


My friend Adele finally got the bug. 🙂

Sep 20, 2020

From Mark


My friend Candra, got hooked on matting with me in Summerland, ca these last few weeks... she should placing an order with you soon!!! 


cheers 🍻 mark