I saw a couple YouTube videos of people using surf mats, which I had never heard of before. We go to the beach at Navarre on the Florida gulf coast and we were there this weekend after the tropical storm - I bought some cheap ($10) Intex rafts hoping to recreate the surf mat idea and even tho the waves were very small I was shocked that the kids and I were riding waves in way better than we ever do on buggy boards.
These waves are very small and they break very close to the sandy beach so I don’t think there is time for turns or tricks - it is basically ride it 40-50ft onto the beach. I wanted to ask you if we bought a real surf mat would we experience something a lot different knowing the limitations of our waves? Just wanted to pick your brain - thanks!