Oct 23, 2016

From Josh ....

I'm really loving my new surf mat. Attaching a shot a friend took out with the Del Mar Body Surfing crew at 17th Street on a recent sunny Saturday morning.

Thanks for making such a great product.


Oct 21, 2016

From Jeremy ...

Hurricane Nicole generated some fun lefts on Lawn Guyland. Jeremy took full advantage with his 4GF Lotus.


And, some cool looking fins he found at a NYC sporting goods store...the bottom flipper looks like something a futurist would dream up!

Oct 14, 2016

Steiny, Immortalized ...

Rode the Lotus in some good surf today at the lane. Flawless, I am so stoked. The fave mat yet. Great to finally get it winter style surf.

I've never looked at the Surfline rewind before. Pretty cool. Here I am at the edge of the mayhem!


From Eric ...

Hi Paul

Well after a bit of a spring flat spell. I finally found some decent waves to try my new XL out on..
As expected the mat went excellent from the first wave.

I did not find much difference in the slightly bigger mat compared to the Omni etc.
It allowed me into the waves easy and made some steep walls with little slip.

I particularly liked the "Hot Waxed Deck" it gave great grip when hit by white water.

Thanks & Regards Eric

Oct 11, 2016

'Unknown Crik' By Peter C ...

An idle mind is the devil's workshop, so here’s an ocean related drawing if you want to use it. 


Oct 6, 2016

From Mat Max ...

Aloha Gloria and Paul,

Howzit Mates? Have enjoyed another backpack adventure on Molokai. Lots very good days riding the incredible Mini Max. 
Heaps of new friends and enlightening experiences. Gave the Lotus to a lovely family from da big island with a ripping son who charged on the mat so hard that I just had to turn it over. His GF rode it in NZ (see sbove). 
Am back with Mom and Dad in Gisborne. Everything is sweet. Hoping you are well and having fun. 

Oct 5, 2016

J Bay Followup From John...

Another pic from The Bay !  That's me...photo by Alan Van Guyse.  He was doing an article on Jordy Smith in J Bay, and was kind enough to send me this.


Oct 4, 2016

From Googlefog ...

Hi Paul,

I'm visiting my friend, Bobby Roussouw, in Simon's Town, South Africa.

Bobcat is a legendary kneeboarder and a huge collector of surfboards and even has an old mat laying around.  The South Africans call the mats 'Lilos.'


Oct 3, 2016

From Brent ...

Art by Brent Foster
Color by Mister Dirk of Santa Barbara

Oct 2, 2016

From Marc and Esther ...


Hi Paul,

Back home in the Netherlands after our trip to France. Have received your e-mails in France, but for some reason i couldn’t sent a reply on my phone.

France (Lacanau) was great. 16 days of beautiful weather, offshore winds and nice swells from 4 -7 foot.

I only used the Polara. The Polara works so great, so much speed and good control.

I really had a great time in the water with friendly French locals who were interested and surprised in the surfmat.

 Uhh… off course Esther also had a great time. Get some tan with a nice book on the beach (lol!)


Sep 28, 2016

From Adam ...

Hi Paul,

The above video is of Paul N and I surfing one of my favorite pointbreaks, Coco Pops, just us out on a Sunny Monday morning....ran Paul straight over with my Omni..I never felt a thing either.

I had two of my oldest grandkids down last weekend and took them down to Gilligans for an adventure and swim, of course the surf was okay with just a handful out. As luck should have it, their parents came down early to pick them up, which left me a window of 3 hours to head back with a surf, so after grabbing Paul, we met up with Neal for a late soggy Sunday afternoon session.

Heaps of fun small waves to be had with a minimal crowd of longboarders to contend with.

Regards from OZ




Sep 25, 2016

From Rob In Jacksonville ...


Loving the XL Super Sport! Chasing those inside closeouts is rewarding, you get barreled, and you get a free Chiropractic session! I couldn’t get enough!

These mats are so much fun! I don’t think I could be anymore stoked on them! I have really only had waves over 3’ once since buying both mats, but I’m getting a lot better at catching these small waves and milking any juice they have in them. I can’t wait to learn some more!

Photo by Chris Falzone.

Keep spreading the Stoke!


Sep 19, 2016

From Da Bolt ...

Yeah Paul

Mat arrived today & was welcomed by Vespa & Omni.
Now to find a wave to initiate it on.

Regards eric

Sep 17, 2016

From Jeremy ...

Hi Paul,

The Lotus likes the pocket...and I like the Lotus!

Remainders of Hurricane Hermine.  Photo: Nina Choi


Sep 12, 2016

From Rob In FLA...

Thanks again for the mat! I’m still surfing almost every day. 
Here is a picture of me on a beautiful little clean wave! My buddy Chris Falzone shot this, he rode the Fatty yesterday and loved it. The waves where too small and week for any other surf craft but the mats where flying. He should be contacting you soon to add one to his quiver. Keep spreading the Stoke! :-)

Rob P

Sep 11, 2016

From Da Scumm Time Machine ...

Hi Paul,

The Standard will be my next mat to buy for sure, and I know what you mean about the oz dollar being weak, we spent 2 weeks last May in Hawaii, visiting friends on Molokai, then onto the Big Island and Kauai , so still hurting from the conversion rate, but money well spent., we had a blast and I matted a few breaks, even left a mat with my friend on Molokai.

These are some pictures from our "Scarmatra" Trip back in 2015. Justin is riding a Standard and my Omni, now this was a true boys trip, I only took my bonzer, spoon, paipo, plane and a couple of mats.


Sep 7, 2016

Running Through The Gears...Greenough Style !!!

The term "4th Gear," in relation to surfing, was coined by Greenough when describing a level of speed that transcended riding in the curl of the wave.

Let's extrapolate...

In George's world-view, first gear is riding along the wall at the speed of the curl. In essence, it's riding as slow as you can go and still make the wave.

Second gear is when you have enough speed to turn up and down, or back and forth, on that same wave, covering the same total distance as you would in first gear...but at a higher rate of speed over the water because you're moving up and down rather than in a straight line.

(Paul Masiel and I in first gear at the right. Greenough in second at the left.)

Third gear is when you have enough speed to break loose from the wave and travel out and over distant sections.


The size and quality of the wave isn't an issue, either. You can hit third gear in foot high slop!

Fourth gear is when you're going so fast that you're surfing completely beyond the speed of the curl...often riding up in the lip of the wave as it fringes in front of you.

When the Standard became tuned in (back in '84/85) George commented that it was the only mat that he'd ever surfed that he could to hit 4th gear on. Not long after, it became the name of our mats!