However, the mat riders showed up in force. (Jonathan, Tremor, Craig and Bruce were in the water when this photo was taken. Valerie was also there. From the left: Chad, Josh, James, Julie, Matt, Graham, Dave and Surfsis.)
Graham and Julie
Prana and Julie
Contrary to popular belief, conditions were not quite as good as they were last year. The waves were just as big, true, but the shape was much better at last year's meet at Cottons. With that said, there were waves to be had. More importantly, mat riders got a chance to come together to hang out on the beach or tear it up in the water. The sets prompted a few, including yours truly, to stay on land. Nevertheless, it was still a good day for one and all.
Rumor has it that Matitude will be calling the next mat meet (at a spot that will remain secret). He will let us know when to light up the skies with the mat signal. We will then figure out how to relay the information to everyone else.
All photos by Ken Samuels