I got the Lotus 7 today and got to ride it in some pretty good waves, glassy shoulder high with some overhead sets long peeling walls on some, fat shoulders after bowly take offs on others.
Must say the curtains have parted for me on this mat deal. For the first time I really felt like I was surfing the the thing instead of just riding it. Nice to be able to engage the rail and drive off the bottom and bla bla bla. To keep it brief I'm really stoked on the width works really good and I can duck dive it 1000% better.
Think this may be my daily driver as it just feels right for my height and weight. Pulled out of one set wave thinking I could go a little narrower next time.
One cool thing about being a surfmatter is spotting another mat rider and
knowing who he or she is, even from a great distance away. This looks like Ace,
last week. By the time I got out there, he had paddled off to another reef.
Photo of the big cube at Maroubra beach. Second photo at nearby suburb where a
local developed the first surfmat some 80 years ago.
According to Surf Research website, "On 14th December 1933 the Patent Office accepted a Trade Mark design for the "Surfo-plane".
PG, I'm loving the 4GF
Classic experience so much it's my one and only squeeze. If you can make out the
scars on the second photo it's where the Classic has kissed reef we were
navigating over - so am considering a back-up.
Hello from Sydney where: all we
want for Xmas is a Tropical Cyclone swell.
I rode my little hull on the weekend. The
waves were really nice on the hull. But too many guys out, only got a couple of
waves. So went in, got a mat out, surfed some mush further down and had a far
better session :)
I've been scoring a bunch of great waves on my GS-UDT!
Man, what a mat. I've only tried the 5gf a few times - a ton of speed and
hold in the juicy stuff, but it feels like too much of my shoulder hangs off the
inside edge, creating a lot of drag when I'm in trim. Any advice for adjusting
to a mat that's so much narrower than my shoulders?
Updates aside, I'm emailing is to inquire
about one of those mini-mats. A friend of mine, Jon Wegener (one of the two
brothers behind the Alaia and Paipo trend, and also a pretty notable shaper of
sustainable surfboards) asked me about getting one for his daughter, Sydney,
who's a skinny, tiny 10 year old girl. Their whole family spends time in the
water, and Sydney LOVES matting - but her pool-toy version sprung a
The Wegeners live down in Encinitas, and
depending on the price, I might just order her one and bring it down to her.
Alternatively, if you're interested, I could put you in touch with Jon, and
maybe you two could work out a trade for a paipo. It's totally your call, and
there's no pressure either way.
Had a few fun surfs on the omni/fatty. Fatty was great! Flat-faced waves
everywhere. We surfed wategoes on the way home yesterday. Such a fun wave. Audi
and I were having party waves almost every wave and crossing over and sharing
the power. We love that the most.
have done a few missions to SR
this season already. 2 trips ago i caught 1 wave down the point never felt the
mat go so fast was fourth gear flying lol. this last swell I went left off the
reef caught a solid deep tube ride. My round tail tracker has been working
better then ever. so pumped on that mat. Trying to save up to get the greenough
17ft boat but that will be a few years in the making. Hope all's well.
Omni in lined up point waves for the first time this morning. It works
There was a bit more swell than I
expected, I got some nice open faces. Excellent glide and speed. It
seemed to be easier to trim up out of a bottom turn/drift. Easy entry into waves
and, after riding the mini exclusively for a few weeks, plenty of float. I am
really stoked. The mat works quite well.
the mat today after we got back from the beach. Thank you very much for finding
a solution for me and for getting it here so quickly. Looking forward to trying
it out in the ocean tomorrow (my oldest put it in the bath tub and wanted to try
it but had to call safety violation and make him wait until tomorrow).
again very much. I appreciate it and wish you the best.
Got the surf mat today and gave it a
test ride this morning in about waist high surf. Super easy to catch waves, too
bad I can only go straight. I'm not much of a body boarder so I was dragging my
legs all over the place. Plus I don't use fins a lot. I gave it to my wife and
she was super stoked. Can't wait for her to get back with a report and how it
works with the baby belly. Thanks again Paul!!!!!
I just ordered the Fatty... getting stoked
already :). Thank you so much for getting it going so quickly for me and please
let me know if you need me to add more PayPal $ for any expedited shipping
(according to the PayPal site delivery was estimated to take 1-2 weeks).
been an active summer for me, and quite some time (four and half months) since I
purchased the Standard from you during that spring sale. As it turns out,
for a rider of my size (5' 8", 145#) it is a fantastic mat in the 3-6' range,
especially when the waves are fast and hollow. After riding my TRT and 5GF mats
all winter, I found the Standard responds much in the way a squash
tail thruster (80s shape) does, as compared to winged or rounded pin tail
surfboard (70s or fun shape).
With its decidedly square template, the Standard
is quite maneuverable in the pocket and turns on a dime out on the face. The
real key lies, as most experienced mat riders know, in riding it at only partial
inflation, say 90-100 degree bend in the mat when inflated. When "floppy," the
Standard provides amazing speed in the curl and off the bottom, and a trim sensation
heightened by having less mat underneath me.
are getting waves and looking forward to a great fall. Good luck with mat
production and sales. One day me and my bro Jason want to hook up with you for
a surf/story session, as surf stoke is the stuff of life. Thanks for such a
great blog; it's truly inspiring to see how many stoked riders there are out
there, especially when it feels like I'm the only one for miles here on the
up on the Standard model, my bro may just want one too!
What great service. I've
been meaning to get my own surfmat for years then my friend mentioned your
product. I'm planning a gold coast oz/ possible New Z trip in 6 months. Want to
get it into some broken head and Byron swell. I also have a few single fins. I need to decide which to travel
As for the Vespa, got i out in some 3-4 foot faces on Sunday
morning and man, what a kick in the wetsuit.
Got pitched out the front door on my first take off, and after
that it just got better and better. Plenty of speed, glide and
control. Thank you so much for crafting such awesome
I am definitely trying to get funds to order an OMNI before
the sale ends.
I would like to get a more square tailed mat to see if it
tracks the wave like the cheapo mat i took out before getting the Vespa Roundtail.
Basically, used the cheapo to practice duck diving and just to kick with at the
rivers, the one time i took it out in surf, i was mostly setting my daughters up
for rides on their boards while i jumped on some small little runners that gave
me the idea of the speed mats attain. i did notice that the parallel rails did track the wave diferent, and would
love to try a 4GF square tail.
Just wanted to thank you ahead of time
for the surf mats. I have been interested in getting back into surfing for some
time now but have been turned off by the crowds. Mat surfing seems like a great
solution to expanding my horizons.
I'm a lucky guy to have a wife who is open to
new experiences and order a mat for herself. We used my wife's PayPal account
for the orders. The Classic is for her and the Vespa RT is for myself.
Can't express how stoked i am on these awesome surf craft you
I've been out twice more on the Vespa this week at two
different spots up here, both were maxing out at about head high and had so much
fun. I'll spare you the details, but it is so fun to be working on a new wave
riding technique that utilizes my experience reading waves and judging take off
zones, and then creating a whole new method of riding waves. I'm so stoked on
mats, i wish i would have found them ten years ago, but 'all good things in all
good time', and the time is now for me and this awesome new ocean
Thanks so much being a portal to such a unique way of
interacting with the ocean. You are truly a purveyor of stoke and the power of the
Thanks again, i'm sure i'll be back for another mat before
long, maybe a mini for my girls, i'm going to try and tandem them on the Vespa
back from Pismo with 2-3 ft. and certainly more push than last 5-6 weeks.
Perfect for me as I had no problem pushing through and caught many more waves
that if boarding. Found waves I would ignore with a board were a gas with my
work on but after watching Greenough videos I think I'm not far off
with what was pretty much instinct. Need to watch my position at take off to
make sure I'm far enough forward as I tend to slip back in between sets. I can
tell how subtle changes in position and weight can make a big difference. I'm
forgetting entirely about leg position but oh well, need to be
more in the water and the sensation of speed seems greater.
the help and encouragement.
Hope you are doing well, just read about he dropped rail
design which sounds most interesting, also sounds like you've been surfing which
is always great.
The mats came at the end of last week, i have been super busy,
and have only got out once in the last week,
It was kinda small so i took out the Vespa and once again had
a blast. Caught a bunch of waves and am constantly amazed at the connectivity i
feel to the wave sliding on my mat, such a great source of energy and stoke.
which by the way, i am now totally hooked and find myself thinking about matting
with all my free time, thank you so much for sharing these incredible wavecraft
with the world.
.I really never thought i'd find something to be so stoked
The girls are anxious to get their mat wet, which will
probably have to wait til next weekend as i am busy with work this
Just wanted to say thanks again. I better run, just wanted to say thanks again and let
you know how much your work and dedication to this wonderful art of mat riding
has given me already.
Steve and I hope that you, Gloria and your whole family are
We've had some great fun riding our 4GF mats lately, with the
NW wind swells.
Steve had a great session last week on the bigger day,
riding his 5GF. It's become his go-to mat of late. He
was taking off deeper than anyone and racing fast down the line, sometimes doing
controlled slides to slow down and stay in the pocket.
I enjoyed riding my
Omni in the thick wind swells, too. I was so stoked to make late
take-offs and get in the pocket, and then make sections all the way to the beach
when the waves lined up. Paul, thanks so much, late take-offs are so much better
for me on the Omni.
Thank you Paul for creating such awesomely
fun wave riding crafts!
I had the
opportunity yesterday to surf with Gary at Rincon in perfect 1-2 foot
overhead waves wrapping from the indicator to the top of the cove. I rode the
Fatty and did great, but kept thinking I should have been on the standard except
there were the occasional flat section that I know I would not have gotten over
with the standard. Gary rode his new Omni. He had nearly the same flat section glide as the
fatty but seemed to stick to the face much better in the most critical sections.
We rode many waves together to compare and I think the omni was the ideal mat
for yesterday's conditions. The fatty was amazing, but I could tell I had more
fabric than necessary to get the job done. I rode one rogue wave with a 10' face
all the way down the point without drama, but less fabric would have made it
more exciting ( I love the standard ).
I am now interested in the XL, Omni and
Lotus 7. I am in the process of getting a few friends and family to combine an
order. It looks like Gary wants a Fatty, my dad wants a standard/omni, and few
friends are getting back to me with what they want to do. How much lead time
would you need to put together an order of 6-8 mats? I may drive up to get them
when visiting a friend up your way, or may have you ship them.
P.S. I met a man at Rincon named Guerden
who says he is a friend of yours. He was happy to see that others are riding
mats with confidence.
I just wanted you to know how great the standard has been
me. Yesterday was the best of the year at my local, R coast
It was amazing how well the standard held a line, even with both
out of the water. Plenty of speed for the sections that the surfers
were having a hard time making.
Surfed Dirkos yesterday -- the
miniature reefs in front of the playground. Gorgeous sunny
low tide, consistent peaks here and there, only 3 foot max but dead glass and
delicately formed. I was all alone, and really got to mess around with my
positioning, my technique lifting the front corner, keeping my head low, gliding
thru the flats into the reforms. It was most excellent. I'm still not as light
and strong as I wish, but I feel ready to give Rincon a try.
Thank you! Either myself or my wife Lisa
will be ordering an Omni very soon. It's technically my Christmas present but
she knows I've wanted one for a while now so we'll both be stoked. Me
for getting a new mat and her for early Christmas shopping
Some more feedback on the standard, not
that it is needed for such a well proven mat.
Maybe this is because I am light and
skinny (and a novice), but it is now my go-to mat for all but the smallest of
waves. It feels like an easier Mat to tune in than the larger mats, even in
small waves. One of your earlier blogs seemed to confirm this, regarding less
squeeze being needed to reach the limits of inflation and deflation in a smaller
In the past have been riding the standard
at about 180 degree fold in small waves, and it has been going real fast on fat
sections, but (for a novice) a bit like driving a car on ice, once the wave
develops a steep wall. This morning in 2-3 foot below average waves I gave it a
go at 90 degree fold instead, after reading some old comments by Max and you. I
found this setting worked better because it allowed me to sit much deeper in the
pocket than usual. Being closer to the power, it still had the effortless glide
feel of 180 fold out on the shoulder. But it didn't need as much squeezing to
change from slide to control. It was such a buzz doing a controlled slide under
a pitching lip.
Wow so quick! Thank you very much! I can't
wait to ride it.
read the riders guide as well. I'm up for the challenge and like the fact it
will take time to learn. I think it will make me a better surfer altogether and
sure looks like fun. Gotta say I've seen more pics of people smiling while
riding mats than other surf craft. I haven't spoken to him in a while but I've
heard nothing but good things from Steve Pendarvaris as well. He puts deck pads
on my kneeboards from time to time and has always raved about mat surfing when I
ask him about surfing. Thanks again, I'll let you know how it
Oh yea thanks very much!! It's going up to my moms in humboldt county, goin to
visit for a week . May try it out there , a couple spots that are fun to hand
plane around there!
Yea I figure having the option of two different
models to play with and feel the difference would be sweet. Thx very much , I
read the riders guide and have been doing as much reading and watching of
YouTube vids I can to learn more. Awesome stuff . Thanks so much!
Thanks very much, Im very excited about
this mat as the last standard you sent me is probably my most used and favourite
mat, and it goes so good .... if this new one is better.. wow.
Unfortunately I didnt make it to Prono Paradiso due to other
commitments so we had a mini mat meet out the front with 6 matters of which 4
were girls !!!
had a really good month for matting, only a couple of exceptional days, but many
days of great mat waves which would be sub grade for the boards. I never get
tired of hearing board riders whine about no waves whilst we are surfed out from
the mat. In fact this past week I actually had three days off in a row which is
the longest stint without a matsurf Ive had since riding your mats for almost
I'm a 65 year old lifetime surfer. I
have a quiver of at least a dozen boards and have surfed virtually everywhere in
My last few go outs have compelled me to
acknowledge that my skills are gradually eroding and my surfing is becoming
somewhat less satisfying as a result but I still hope for at least another
decade in the water.
I saw a guy ripping on one of your mats
last year at Razors, and a conversation ensued that let
me know you were the builder. I'm anxious to experience mat surfing once again
since that was my original introduction to wave tools in the early 1960's in
Anxious now to play with your mat in
some of this winters peeler's. I'll send some photos ( I have a host of friends
and inevitably I'll end up with some once we start the winter surf train,) as
the season progresses.
I got one of your Tracker RT mats about
3 years ago and been having a great time surfing it here in Hawaii. We had some
unreal surf in the beginning of the summer and the Tracker absolutely shined!
However the pumping swells eventually stopped, leaving us with a month-long lull
of flat to shin-high surf.
Although I was still able to get in to
the micro surf with the Tracker, I found myself doing more kicking than gliding
through the weak sections of the waves.
I wanted to ask if you are accepting
orders for the Greenough spec UDT? And if you think this design might be a
better option for the tiniest surf we get here on the South Shore of Oahu?
I am 6'2" 195lbs and 37 years old. I have been surfing about 22 years and
mat-riding for about 13 of those years.
If you think the Greenough UDT would fit the bill for long, please let me know the best way I can place an
Mats arrived just now. Spoke to Boyd on the phone and he
wants me to give his mat to George as he is going away this weekend. So I will
see George tomorrow and deliver the mats along with his letter.
Surfs not that crash hot, a bit windy and head height so Im straight
out there for a test run. The forecast is excellent for early next week so will
definitely be getting a good try before indo in 3 weeks.
I am pretty mat-evangelical. I love matting so much. One of the boogie teenagers
from the Lane has borrowed a mat and is loving it. I really liked Ace's letter.
I understand Steve Pendarvis has also become pretty mat-centric. We love Cher
and Steve. Such sweet folks.
I did longboard the other day for the first
time in a while at 38th Ave. It was pretty fun.
Hoping to surf indicators
after work today. Low tide and a little NW- could be fun. I wish you could come
up and mat with us, that would be a gas.
the lane was fun, surf middle peak and the reform. not quite enough swell for
indicators to be consistant. In the water two people asked where I got my mat- I must have looked like I was
having fun. I was.
came home to mixed drinks and a lovely pasta
listening to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and getting ready to do
best to you, thanks for all. my mats are wonderful
Ive been exclusively riding the new standard DRP every day, from a wave face
height from 2 - 8 feet. While on the smaller fatter stuff the glide is slightly
diminished the solid feel of a super low inflation compensates. Generally though
Ive been riding about a number7 to 180 fold inflation thereabouts and find it
just locks onto that rail even at a lower inflation level.
A couple of days when
the surf was clean and good the mat was going off, generating unbelievable speed
by holding higher quicker and longer ( does that make sense ??) without any
sliding to the bottom of the wave . So good for pulling in, even in closeouts
seem to be able to travel for longer. I think it may have the widest rangre of
wave size so far. The one thing that really amazes me, and for the life of me I
cant comprehend why, is how easy it catches waves !!!! So yes I love it !!!!
Oh and it also tracks on the diagonal like its going straight !!!!!!
Tremor, Clay and I had a good session at Dume yesterday. The highlight was when,
after Tremor and I laughed about how I always ran him over at least once in past
sessions, I floored it and barreled into him on purpose! He and I were screaming
with laughter. We both got knocked off course. It was great!
Thanks again for everything. I'm so excited to get back in the water ( warm
water) what I'm writing for is to let you know my friends Greg and Polly Barber
turned me on to your surf mats. They were so happy with their experience I will
now try it.
thanks so much for my Omni surf mat. I've been
out a couple times and it's been a blast. One question though for you - both
times I've scuffed my chin pretty good from riding the mat - not sure if you've
heard this from other riders or have any suggestions.
1M swell today so took the L7 out. 2-3 feet face
height breaking in 6 inches of water over razor sharp coral, unsurfable on a
board but I got piped off my head in perfect crystal cylinders time after time
until I was worn out. Got chased by a big sea snake paddling the lagoon......
got to love the tropics. Swell increase tomorrow.
Ole has really been looking forward to getting one of your mats. I am going to give it to him as an early Xmas present. I might be ordering one for myself in the near future :) I will try his out and will let you know.
I just ordered him a pair of DaFins as well to help him kick into
waves. Excited to get in the water with your
6 hours today on the Lotus at Rincon.
Waves were a 5 out of 10 for quality. Size was chest to head high, but for
testing purposes I rode many waves in the waist to stomach high range. I had no
problem catching waves, in fact I think the lotus is superb at catching waves.
The acceleration on takeoff feels better than my standard and fatty. It likes to
go fast. Got the deepest tube I have had on a mat today, on a screaming stomach
high wave! I made 4 rifling sections and then back doored into a tube deep where
the lip was hitting in front of me and came out dry. The DRP rail really held
in nice. If I had to compare the old bottom to the new bottom, I would say the
old bottom is better for all out trimming on the flattest parts of the wave
where the mat is sitting flat on the water, but the new bottom is better when on
rail. I like them both, so now I am contemplating getting a DRP Fatty and DRP
standard so I have the best of both worlds!
Forgot to mention that I "demoed" the Lotus to a bodyboarder. I rode
the "wave of the day" on his uber-high-end bodyboard and was shocked at how
inefficient and harsh riding it was. The mats just soak up so much bump and chop
that you have to ride a booger to really appreciate the difference. The booger
was also much slower than the mat, this coming from a very experienced
bodyboarder (in a another life and a long time ago). Not that you didn't know
all this already :)
Thanks again for rushing the Lotus, just
in time for the first real waves in a while!
John and I had our first surf on the
Mats today at our local point break. The waves were biggish, about head high and
a bit and the crowd was fairly intense and a bit cranky. Didn't worry us. The
mats went so well. I know we have much to learn, but it was an unbelievable
amount of fun. Can't wait for the next session.
again for making these fine vessels for us.
The surf mat arrived and my boyfriend
cannot wait to get it into the water. Unfortunately, the surf was blown out
today so any plans to hit the beach were aborted (the surf cam is checked
daily). I'm sure the surf will pick up in the next few days and there will be
one very happy guy in the water.
got a few good days on the mat the past few weeks one day was large
about 8 foot or so and long rights with a few sections the mat slipped fast
across the flats with no loss of speed and pulled me back into the wall locked
and rocketed me mid wall glide tell the next section.
I was riding it at a
complete fold over but not floppy I would grab the outer front corner and rise
and fall I loved how it held the wall and take off when released. I also rode it
at a L bend and a 45 I could really feel the grab in the wall and off the bottom
in these inflations so I swam over to the sidewalk a steeper more hollow wave I
rode it at a 45 and it held solid keeping me right in the pocket through a few
The few other
days surf was smaller rode it full bend and it took off on these little 4 foot
peelers thinking for me the full bend and soft L are the inflation I liked on it
also tried different flips but I wont get into that my udts worked well and the
ducks for smaller days need more swell and a bit for time on it for sure I'll.
The Omni arrived last week. Thanks for the speedy service! I
have taken it out twice already and the speed has blown my mind!
past, I have surfed pretty much every surf vehicle known to man! But I have
never experienced speed like I did on this surf mat! On a couple of overhead
waves I caught, the mat just reached the bottom of the wave and hit some sort of
'turbo-button' or something and just took off and flew! I grabbed to big fist
fulls of mat at the front the first time it happened because I felt like I was
going to take off! I cant wait to learn how to utilize this speed like I've seen
guys do on 'youtube'! It's going to be so much fun!
It's not just the
speed that was a surprise either. I caught one wave that held me in the lip a
little too long and then bottomed out over a shallow inside bank. I was in the
lip thinking I was going to get hammered when the wave hit the shallow bank, but
when I started free falling the mat then seemed to suck onto the wave face and
change it's shape to fit perfectly to the contour of the wave and then hurl me
down the face like a roller-coaster ride at amazing speed and then out and
around the section! What other surfing vehicle can do that? No other surfing
vehicle is flexible enough to change itself to the shape of the wave and then
utilize the energy of the wave like that.....amazing!
Anyway, I can't
thank you enough for the mat Paul. Not only has it given me this incredible
surfing experience but it has also opened up a whole new world of surfing
opportunities in a area that has already reached surfer saturation point (Gold
Coast). On-shore, cross-shore, off-shore....all fine! I'm planning to hit the
"Super-Bank" next time it's on-shore with no one out!