New 4GF Model Shake Down
Hi everybody,I’ve been getting a couple e-mails a day asking if 4th Gear Flyer mats are still available. Yes they are! Up until the end of last summer, 4GF’s were available through edgespoon.com. We had a major increase in our fabric cost at that time, so we couldn’t wholesale to edgespoon at our old price and hold the retail cost at $250. I felt it was really important to maintain this price, so we decided to put up our own website and sell direct.Damien O’Neill (who owned the edgespoon site) has been totally supportive of our decision, and is continuing to ride and evolve the XL 4GF design with George Greenough. Our new website will have Paypal, and it’ll be up around the first of the year. Right now we’re selling 4GF mats via snail mail. They are $250. There's no S/H charge until we get the site up, to compensate for the inconvenience. We have three models, Standard, The Fatty (which replaces the old Large), and XL. The Standard is for surfers under 200 pounds and waves from 3 to 10 feet. The Fatty is a really good, all 'round mat which suits most surfers in waves from 2 to 6 feet, and the XL is for larger surfers in all size waves.Our new model, The Fatty, is a modified Large. It’s a slam dunk, every-day go-to mat for most riders. It has a wide range of surf, holds in great, and really flies down the line. All three sizes are in stock, and orders are shipped immediately. Current stock is as follows:8 Standard3 Fatty11 XLI also have one mat in each size with no diamond back or non-skid of any kind. They go for $200. Good for non-skid experimentation, if you’re into that. (George thinks we should try one with just surf wax on the deck! You can be the first…) Every mat in stock is up to date, in term of design evolution. No old stock.If you want to order a mat from us, send a check made out to "Fourth Gear Flyer" to: Fourth Gear Flyer1644 Plaza Way#224Walla Walla, WA99362Or, e-mail us at email@example.com with any questions.Right now we're in the PNW, taking care of my mother. (She’s 90!) So, I’m not making any mats at the moment. The current inventory should last a couple of months. But, since I have only 3 Fatties left, they may be out of stock sooner. Thanks,Paul
I’ve been riding PG’s mats for over twenty years and am a huge fan of his work. There are now three types of 4th Gear Flyers: Standard, Fatty and XL. The Standard is the surfmat equivalent of a shortboard, ideally for small to medium-size people, and highly suitable for surf over 6’. The Fatty is the new size large mat for bigger folks, built for all-around performance in any size waves, and similar to recently popular funboards. XL is kind of the longboard of mats, designed for really small waves and/or really big people. I weigh 175 lbs. and prefer the Fatty for most conditions. When the surf is pumping, or if the wind is strong offshore, I pull out a Standard.PG’s latest surfmat configurations benefit from twenty-five years of dedicated development based on feedback from a wide array of test pilots. Diamond back traction pads are perfect. The revised inflation plug is superb. And you've gotta love the groovy new label. So, I am suggesting that anyone who is on the fence regarding buying mats do themselves a favor by purchasing 4GFs. Words cannot describe the pure good clean fun feelings to be had!I lost my first-generation 4GF a few years ago, and was not happy, as Paul had retired from mat making. Fortunately, PG went back into production, and I’ve now got a stash of mats to ride for a few years. I'm saving up to buy more 4GFs!Anyone who knows Paul will attest that his mats are a true labor of love. MAT MAX
"Anyone who knows Paul will attest that his mats are a true labor of love. MAT MAX"Thanks for those kind words, Max. But anyone who makes mats does it as a labor of love!
THat`s funny,I was just going to ask if it was poss to just use wax on a mat...went out today,waves were not breaking because after bar was steep shelving beach-mat flew anyhow.Super low inflation-I am petrified of duckdiving!Cheers
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