Aug 13, 2018

Vespa Sale !!!

We're slightly overstocked with Vespas this summer, so we're dropping the price $40 on the wide, roundtail 4GF model that eats small surf for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We have 5 in stock, and when they're gone, so is this sale.

To order, open our home page at surfmats.com, go to the dropdown list along the top, click on surfmats, then click on Vespa. You will be charged the full amount, but we will rebate 40 bucks to you as soon as we get your order. These Vespas will go out ASAP, so you should get yours in just 2-4 days in the U.S. 1-2 weeks overseas.

Thanks!

Paul and Gloria

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UPDATE, 4:00 PM

2 sold, 3 left... 

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UPDATE, 7:30 PM

3 sold, 2 left...

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UPDATE, 10:00 PM

4 sold, 1 left

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UPDATE Tuesday August 14, 6:30 AM PDT

Still one left...

Aug 12, 2018

From GB

Somewhere north of San Diego...

It's 1981 rabbit diesel. It gets up to 50 mpg and burns used cooking oil and bio diesel. The mat is the first UDT you made for me nine years ago... and the one I'm still riding. The new one you made for me a few years ago to replace it, is now Polly's.

Greg


Aug 11, 2018

Eric 'Matman' Bridges Remembered





Hi Paul

Hope all is well mate and you are up and running on all cylinders!

Its been 12 months since our good friend Eric lost his battle with cancer , and I would like to share this wonderful video that his son in law Jason had put together from the paddle out & renewing his wedding vows to Faye.

Jason is a professional photographer and his business Cole Studios specialize in weddings and other social events, so I always new that this video was going to be of a high standard. On the day of the paddle out he approached me to speak on behalf of the family , reassuring me that Eric's instructions were that, 'waka' had it covered, and so I think he did a fantastic job with the final edit, blending all the vision, words and love into one.

We are all ( SCUMM ) going for a surf this morning and will catch a few in his memory.

Vale Eric Bridges

Adam

Aug 10, 2018

From Florian

Hi Paul,

A few days ago we watched the 1966 movie ‘Harper’ with Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall filmed after a Ross Mcdonald novel.

Lots of great period footage of Los Angeles, Malibu and PCH and a surf mat cameo!

Much love and healing,

Florian

Aug 8, 2018

From A Real Matter


In a stunning turn of events, I gave away a mat today to a little boy. His mom, who had him in the shorebreak on a board and a boogie board, asked if she could put him on my mat, saying she remembered riding them when she was little. She also mentioned the boogie board had hit him in the gut. So she wanted to let him try the mat.

The time was right. They were nice people. It just seemed like the thing to do. When they came to the parking lot. I grabbed my old Omni and walked it over to him. His mom was shocked and offered to pay me for it. I declined and said I was just passing on the stoke.

🙂

M

Aug 7, 2018

From Troy

Hi Paul,

I just ordered my 3rd UDT from you.  I had a stock one that was stolen a month ago and I now ride a custom round tail you made me last spring.  I preach your virtues every time I ride.

I included a shot from mainland Mexico just to show I ride them!!

I believe Marc Andreini posted this shot on his instagram account.

TroyM

Aug 2, 2018

From Peter C

This week's New Yorker cover!

Details here...


Jul 28, 2018

From Philthy



Hey Paul
Here’s another little slide session from today.
Enjoy.

Phil Philthy Harper

Jul 26, 2018

From Crowe



Hey Paul!

Here is some footage of myself riding the Vespa Roundtail. I will hopefully update you with footage of how the Vespa and my standard perform in a range of conditions. 

I recently scored 4 foot Winkipop on my standard. The speed was unparalleled as I sat high on the pocket over the energy source.  

I hope you enjoy. The clip was filmed and edited by Joshua Simpson (surf Cassette CEO).

Thanks for the joy!

Crowe

Jul 25, 2018

From Philthy




Hey mates,

Watch some more Scumm videos riding your wave riding bags of air. Scumm love our equipment and can’t keep the smiles off our faces

Take care
#ericwouldgo
Phil Harper

Jul 23, 2018

From Bretto


Hi Paul , 
 
Here's a little bit of history...

Bretto

Jul 22, 2018

From Tom




Hello from Kauai Paul!

We're on a bucket-list-dream-vacation to Hawaii.

The trip was/is not about waves, but I brought along some mats and fins.

Spent a week at Turtle Bay and "scored" some "students". On two of the little waves I managed to get around the girl, but then someone shoved another longboard in my path and I got stuck on its wax. (Nobody got hurt and all were smiling afterwards.)

Now were in a beautiful house at the end of the road in Po'ipu with a little private reefbreak right in front of the lanai.

Chillaxing turtles, a seal, and enough solo waves on the standard here to wear me out.

Sorry for the non-pro-cell-phone video-quality, just wanted to send some Aloha.

All the best!
Cheers
Tom

p.s.: Do you know the third guy on the photo? Must have something to do with film&music. Seems to be his place.


Jul 16, 2018

From Bretto


From Oily


Hey Paul,

Hope all you and your mob are happy and healthy.. we are happy healthy and cold.. but it doesn’t stop the stoke in SCUMMville Australia. I've put ‘Dabolt’ my Omni through some stress lately and its starting to show.. haha the repairs from previous abuse have been tried and tested and seem to be holding up a bit ... just..haha.


The patch has come adrift but the rubber seal has held well and i think it should go the distance. Got  a few fun ones with the SCUMMBags at a local rocky out crop on a cold Saturdays morning and as usual the stoke was flowing thick and fast..

Anyways, keep on smiling.

Oily 
SCUMMbag.

Jul 14, 2018

From George Leone

Like all mat surfers in their right mind, he imagines going right!

Jul 11, 2018

More TS Chris

 
 
 
Paul,

We got some Tropical Punch in the water today! Yeeewwwwww! I call this one all eyes on me. Fast almost closeout conditions but boy where they Beautiful!

Let those Positive thoughts flow!  Positive Vibes and Healing Energy! Much Love from Florida!

Super Stoked,
Rob

Jul 9, 2018

North Florida Morning Light

 
 

 



Paul,

I got out with Chris this morning...for some Tropical Storm 'Chris' front runner swell! I was blessed to watch the sunrise and catch a couple of Dreamy slides! 
 
The Omni eats Everything!

 
Super Stoked,
Rob

Jul 7, 2018

From Mikey

 
 
Hey Paul,

Few weeks ago traveled up to Oregon and took a couple mats to Short Sands on a somewhat choppy day. My local friend Jeff kicked out for the fist time. We had fun, laughing and screaming while surf boarders struggled to find much. Looking forward to more travel with my mats.

Mikey (Mooks)

Jul 5, 2018

From Michael

 Hi Paul!

New customer feedback...

Just wanted to say THANKS from Journey, myself and George for your Rapid Response that made our holiday fun possible!  Now we just have to experiment a lot to understand how to use the mat better and be STOKED!!

Michael

Jul 2, 2018

From Rob

 
 
Paul,

Here are some shots of the micro swell the other day. The Omni still gets down the line!
 
Positive Vibes and Healing Energy my Friend! Much Love from Florida!



Rob

Jun 30, 2018

From Steiny

Garage sale find...they gave it to me!!!

"I-Beam construction. A new dimension in appearance, stability, and durability..."

Steiny

Jun 27, 2018

Unintended Consequences

 
I put up a posting on Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch on Displacementia a few days ago.

Another thing worth mentioning -- one that relates more directly to mat surfing -- is the "side spot" created by the generation of the wave. The junk behind the main wave actually looks rideable on a mat! This could be a hidden gem in the wave pool paradigm. Why let it go to waste??? Hold a mat meet while a pro contest is going on!

Jun 25, 2018

From Colin

 
Hi Paul,

Finally got to ride the mat!  What a blast!! There was a bunch of us body surfing. Whe has hand planes and a few of us had our mats as well. All 4th Gear Flyers. 2’ with some little faces. Super duper fun, right here in Rockaway. A spot we call the Box. Not bad for summer surf. 

Thanks for the mat!

Colin

Jun 15, 2018

From Rob

 
 
Paul,

Summer is here!
 
Thank you so much for all you do!
 
Positive Vibes and Healing Energy! Much Love from Florida!

Super Stoked,
Rob

Jun 13, 2018

Our Relationship With Water


This is a long read, and in no way surfing-oriented...but any surfer can relate on a visceral level.

And, a hopeful project to help rid the ocean of plastic...

 

Jun 11, 2018

From Adam

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Howdy Paul

I had John Adkins write to me, he is coming back for a visit again and bringing mats with him as well as kneeboards, should be here in a months time, so just in time for the true cold winter swells to arrive. 

I meant to slip this edit to you last post, its from the morning that Neal filmed , you can really see how hard his crap hips have affected him just walking, but he is all good and in recovery from having 2 new hip joints installed, he sounded in good spirits when I spoke to him this morning, a week at rehab, then back home to recover...we will have our own camera man for a few weeks till he is back in.



This was our last together before his operation, this break is called the Bogey Hole, such a fun quirky right hander, when its really big you can take off from around the point ( it called Kamakazi's)  with a big bowl section before wrapping back into the bogey hole . Its so much fun on mats and the trick is to take off right next to the wall, ride the foam wall, then pull into the bowl section over the rock ledge and then onto the reform which takes you onto the beach.



I love my kneeboards but have been rocking on these little soft top boards, so much flex in them, riding boards 4'6" you learn rail control is totally different to surfing a standard fibreglass kneeboard...this was our 2nd surf after riding mats most of the morning.



adam