Hey Paul, hope you and the Clan are happy and healthy...
Well, I took one of the Lotus SS mats for a blast at one of our premier mat waves in our area
Gilligans'. Our fav mat wave was working, well and we SCUMMbags hit it before the sun was up..
I inflated the Lotus to what i though was the same as i would the Omni and noticed immediately as soon as i mounted it.. that there was more mat in different places and less in others.. for me it felt there was more support on my upper thigh than the Omni and that my elbows were tucked more into my sides.. I note that the Lotus is slightly longer and a little off the width of the Omni, but surprised as to the change in feel on the mat.
Ok as for wave riding .. woohoo what a blast, we picked a great morning to let me try it out.. The mat was fast, faster than the Omni.. id say. Mmm thats a hard one.. I did make comment to the lads that after talking off on a bomb set and hitting 4th gear doing a big roundhouse back to bounce of the foam ball and line up again i felt as that id never been so far out on the wall before .. even the Guru said that i was honking down the line i did do some fully sideways slides and managed to control it and continue..
Gilligan’s had turned it on early for us and as the tide fell the waves were few and far between and the crowd was swelling.. we had had nearly 3 hrs and needed coffee and food.
SCUMMBag and proud.