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!)