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

May 30, 2015

Saturday In Holland ...

Hi Paul,

I hope all is well.

Spring has started in the Netherlands. Some Dutch sloppy waves, but fun, today at my home spot. I'm riding the standard + 1 inch you made for me a couple of years ago. Works great!

Say hi to Gloria.

Have a good weekend!


Don't Try This At Home ...

The double canvas, twin finned rafts crafted by Woody Woodworth in the Newport area back in the 70's are legend in the mat riding community.

This photo shows why, in some situations, uber-grip and ultra-durability have their place!

May 29, 2015

From Peter ...

Hi Paul,

More than a few people have asked me if i sleep on my mat. Now i can tell them where to go for a proper bed!

Peter C

May 19, 2015

4GF Sale Wrap Up ...

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.


Hi Paul,
Got the matts and rode them for first time this weekend. They are so awesome. We had the time of our lives.
Thank you for such a great product!

Used the mat for first time today.  Had a blast and am looking forward to
more fun with it.


Hi Paul

Got the mat Monday and a nice 3-4 ft swell arrived Tuesday so got some nice rides on it right away.

Really impressed with the quality and the way it rides.

Looking forward to learning how to ride it better so I appreciate the info you sent.

No points in these parts but when the conditions are right we do get some fast walls and the extra speed will come in handy.

Thanks  Very Much,

Mat arrived on Friday. It's 40 ounces lighter than
what I've been using which is better than I'd hoped. Looking
forward to many trips with it. Beautifully made.

Hey Paul,
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.
Thank you again,
Best regards
Also, my bother Dan and I would like to thank all the people who sent us their well wishes after our mother's passing. It meant a lot to us...

May 14, 2015

Beach Boys Followup ...

For sale at Rockaway Records, the record store around the corner where I live...only $100 Grand!


May 13, 2015

From Art ...

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.

From Jonathan ...

Hi Paul,

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.


May 8, 2015

From Mark ...

Hi Paul,

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.



May 4, 2015

4GF Sale Ending ...


Hi Everyone,

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!)

Thank you all again,

Paul and Gloria