May 30, 2016

From JJ ...

 Hello Paul,

I've been holding on to this particular pic for some time. Not sure if it warranted being posted on Surfmatters.

Lo and behold, Roger posts the Leyendecker image, then it all clicked!

This is a neat 50's Kodachrome vacation snap (whereabouts unknown). If you look closely, you can spot some Hodgman content.

I'll report back to ya on my new Polara soon!


May 29, 2016

From Roger ...

I found the attached illustration by the great JC Leyendecker that is probably the precursor of the post "Australian Beach Pattern (1940)."

I suspect it predates the Australian Beach Pattern work by about 30 years, harkening to an era before swim fins and surfmats had been invented.  Seems like a good illustration for a lazy Memorial Day Weekend afternoon. 
Roger Crossland

May 23, 2016

From Bob ...

Hey Paul,

This is me. You can see Morro Rock in the background.

Pat Pemberton took the pic...


May 17, 2016

From Rob ...

Hi Paul
I have had the Lotus  out 3 times now and I must say for the type of waves OB has it has worked the best.

Now the surf I tried in has been pretty junky but as you know if the surf is good anything works. So I found that for OB even when it is junky it is still steep and fast and the Lotus really held like no other mat. At OB you usually have turn at the top and go so holding that line was 100 easier on the Lotus. It will be interesting on a slopey wave so i will let you know about that. I did notice the glide was a little diminished on the smaller day but I will take hold over glide.
I showed Steiny the attached pic of me from 1966  in Santa Cruz and suggested I send it to you. As you can see matting was in my blood from an early age!
(That's me on the mat! The other guy was just some kid that was attracted to the graham crackers I was eating!)


May 16, 2016

From John ...


Hi Paul,

Mossy finally got to try his new mat yesterday, I think you may have a new convert :)

Surf was tiny high tide stuff you would normally drive away from and we had an hour just having the crack :)
John B

May 10, 2016

From Greg ...

The photo is me riding the stock UDT. I ride this place often and its a great mat wave.

I have been riding the stock UDT for the last few months, at least 20 go outs, and like it.

We [Polly, Donna and me, Greg] had a great time meeting and surfing with you and the rest of the group at Refugio and hope to do it again in the future!

Greg............ from Oregon

May 6, 2016

From Sami In Finland...


Hi Paul

Björn finally found the pictures, you can rely see the speed of the mat on some of these photos, and the bols of the boulders which makes the inside section no go for surfcraft with fins, and it also feels safer to go prone .

Can't wait for the next time this spot fires!

Still can remember the heckles I got from the local windsurfers when I told them I had found waves. "There are no waves in Finland, we have been windsurfing since the 80's we know!"