May 8, 2010
Tom K from O'Side...
After four decades surfing I've progressed from a shared short stand up tri-fin Walden Pig to a mat with a lot of stuff in-between.
Still stoked, love the mats.
Here's a picture of me last December on a kneeboard I shaped in 2007. The board is a parabolic shape outline super loose fun to ride, kind of like a mat but I can duck under waves with it.
Looking forward to the UDT tomorrow.
Peace to you,
Hi the new UDT arrived today a little late to have another session. I'm sure it will be as much fun to ride as the rest of the mats.
I've had a few good sessions with the new mats in the beach break here in Oceanside. Also went to Trestles today and the XL worked awesome. It's easier to paddle around in the impact zone compared to my first mat (Standard) with the traction pads on nylon top.
I rode on so many waves today some tubes held up long enough to get comfortable and enjoy.
One wave stands out in my mind as worth mentioning. I was at the north end of upper trestles so was riding mostly lefts when a right came through at about 8' and a way out from where I was positioned. I wasn't to happy about having to duck under another wave at that moment and a guy was attempting to take off on the wave but he stopped and the wave lagged so I went on it. I was paddling out at the time of take off so I caught it side ways and went right to trim along the highline. I was tired as hell so I just lay there watching the wave rope out in front of me. As the ride was ending, or so I thought, I rode into the oncoming left over the falls and ended upon the bottom of the left going left along bottom of the right I was just riding. It was so wild going left into this right tube that I was just riding the other way.
The interesting thing about the new canvas top mats is they have more directional control and they are much easier to paddle around and into waves.
Keep up the good work,