fun session at wiggums last year
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
We're getting strong feedback on the Classic from experienced mat riders. The skim in smaller/junkier waves is very good!
Aug 20, 2009
Just a quick report from the Netherlands...
The UDT model works fine! Especially for the Dutch sloppy waves. I use it on the smaller days.
We have had a few really good mat days this summer and i mostly use the new XL model. The hybrid deck of the new XL model works so good. You can get grip on it and also replace your body very easy.
The last three weeks we haven't had any waves so i'm pretty full of energy and waiting for waves! Fall is coming so for Holland that means waves!
I'm so stoked to be a matsurfer. Its hard for a Dutchy to explane that in proper English.
I hope everything is fine with you.
All the best and speak to you soon.
Aug 16, 2009
Finally finished my first semester. I've gotten to surf twice now since Friday. Bodysurf session in a really shallow sucky 3ft tube, then an afternoon matsurf. And a session on my new alaia (see photo) this morning in really fun 4ft closeout tubes at burleigh beach break.
It's just great to be back in the water after a month of being locked in the library.
Just in case you hadn't seen yet, Pendo is stoked on your mats! He's a character, got to chat with him a minute a couple winters ago at the Cliffs, he's a friend of my mate Mark who lives there.
Aug 14, 2009
Style points for proper leg positioning, full-wrap shades, and Pepsodent smile! With a extra credit thrown in for later participating in the park's eternal drum circle. :)
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 8, 2009
Sort of don't want to show you this, knowing you're still mostly landlocked but...
Here's a few shots of the finished Terry Martin balsa board.
50" X 21½" X 2"
It came out so pretty, my wife didn't want me to even get it wet! But we compromised and I'll keep it in the house when I'm not using it.
Terry's super talented BIL John Cherry had a pair of Simmons profile keel fins left over from one of the repro's they'd done together, and he cut them down just a bit to fit the smaller shape...and did a bitchen bead on the edge...
I made the blank from some really stout balsa I found at my usual yard in Santa Ana. Terry said it was the hardest, densest balsa he's ever worked. And that's from the guy who's going on 75,000+ surfboards!
And even though Moonlight's superb glass job was fairly light...it still weighs 18lbs! The wood's so tough the guys at Moonlight said it will be VERY hard to ding it. It even has chatoyance!
The only problem I have with the weight is lugging it up hills after a surf! Paddling out, it flattens the whitewater right down and being so dense, it duck dives real easy.
On a wave, once it's over the edge it really wants to GOOOOO! It rides like a souped up Cadillac!
It tasted it's first salt last weekend, at the paipo gathering at Plaskett Creek. We had a great time. The weather and waves were just OK, but we still enjoyed excellent surroundings, company and grinds.
Aug 6, 2009
I'm facing a bit of dilemma with my recent transition from a music-based lifestyle to one focused on surfing inflatable air mattresses here in the UK.
As a young child, I was quite happy...
But as I matured, my mood became more sullen...
Even with my prescription reading glasses on, things seemed bleak and out of focus...
I then tried perscription meds in hopes of brightening my mood. As you can plainly see...no luck.
Then, quite by happenstance, I gave "mat surfing" a whirl on a sunny afternoon at Brighton Beach. I broke into a smile for the first time since, well, my baby teeth came in!
My issue is that, previously unbeknownst to me, I appear to be a bit of a cheeky monkey when I grin!
Now, I am hooked on mat surfing...and I can't stop smiling! My friends, co-workers, and family are having quite a jolly time making sport of my newly found geekdom.
Aug 4, 2009
We weaved when we should have ducked...
It's just too bad we had already planned to head all the way south to Valla when this storm hit the maps, we could have stayed home and gotten shacked silly. Valla was sideshore and closed out all weekend, and when we made it back up north, Angourie was 10ft if it was an inch and way too out of control to surf. Watched a few looney tunes share a wave off the backside of the point and Nat Young hooting them in from the comfort of the headland.
It was good entertainment but the new mats are still as dry as the day you made them. Had dinner in Byron but it was dark by the time we made it, the Pass would have been good all day Sunday but it's a long drive from Valla.