Jul 9, 2020

From The Depths Of Hell...

...otherwise known as the SCUMM House Of Fashion.

Jul 8, 2020

From Benoit

Hey Paul,

Hope you're well !!!

I really have good feelings now, and I'm really impressed how we can make the mat go up on the rail.

I made a little clip what I made with a gopro in the mouth and pictures.

See you soon and keep safe !!! 😉

Bye my friend !!!

Benny from France

Jul 6, 2020

From Warren

Hey Paul

Mats going great

Not usually anyone taking pics, but yesterday my daughters friend had a drone

There may be some more but just have this one at the moment so if u can use it do by all means and if u want some others let me know

Stay well both u and Gloria



Jul 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July From Oz


Hope all is well mate!

Crazy Times world wide with the virus and the threat of a second wave upon us....might as well make the most of the time off I have and go surfing , its just a matter of ducking and weaving the crowds of people all flocking down after being locked away for so long but scored this wave at one of my favorite reefs to myself for a couple of hours before being joined by another 2 friends.

I am stoked with the Standard surf mat. I have well and truly flogged the life out of it and now its one of my favorite slow leakers!

Take Care and all the best to you and your Family


Jul 1, 2020

From Steiny

The other day on my Omni...



Jun 29, 2020

From John

Aloha Paul,

I’m 4th gear flying off the left at Pt Panics yesterday. 

Thanks and I love it!

John L.

From Jim

Howdy Paul

This is interesting. Look at the airflow under the Lotus even as I’m just slightly moving. Think what it must be like when really moving down the wave!


Jun 25, 2020

Morro Bay Matters: A Breed Apart

Hi Paul

Surfmat Art by Bill Mulder.

Fiddler crab playing cello on the mat while poking a hole with the peg.

Musical notation = Jaws theme by John Williams.

Bill is available to spruce up your mat with custom art.



"Swim fins? We don't need no stinkin' swim fins!"  Greg H, showing how it's done on the Central Coast...

Jun 20, 2020

Jun 17, 2020

4GF Update

Maybe take up ''beer yoga'' while waiting for your mat ???

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are doing well during these dark times.

Oddly enough, the order load at 4GF is at an all time high...over double our usual volume. That, combined with C-19 related delays in material delivery, has put us way behind. Orders received today are taking 4 weeks to ship. And that's with me working insanely long hours.

It's a nice problem to have, but we take pride in getting one-off mats out to customers in a few days. That perk is being put aside for the time being.

We're making exceptions in the delivery time for people who are leaving on planned trips, and for birthday mats. That's no guarantee we'll get you your mat to you on time, just a promise that we'll try.

If you're thinking about ordering a mat, plan for a month delay in delivery.



Velzy and Andre

Alohas !

Hope y'all are doing well.

Velzy and I just cruising around sharks cove. Haha.

Just sending some Alohas!


Jun 11, 2020

Inflatable Progress From 1845

“A new method has been proposed for extending the lines of the Magnetic Telegraph across rivers and bays. It is proposed to support the wires in an elevated position, by means of elliptic balloons. These balloons, being each 60 feet in length, will support about 40 pounds each besides its own weight. The cost will not exceed $200 each, being made of thin varnished cloth and inflated with hydrogen gas. A small pipe 1.4 inch in diameter will be extended to each balloon, by means of which the gas in the balloon may be occasionally replenished."

Scientific American, November 1845

May 31, 2020

From Chad

Hey Paul!

Hope all is well! Took my Standard out today at Secos and it was so fun! Here's some screen grabs from some footage shot today. Stay well!


May 28, 2020

From Mat Max In NZ Lockdown

Hey PG,

With the surf being stink lately here in NZ, I've published a 10,000 word sci-fi story with a surfing angle called NOT FROM EARTH. It's available to read at mat-max.webnode.com. I want to see it made into a TV show in the X-Files tradition. (If anyone out there knows Chris Carter, please show him this concept.)



May 21, 2020

SCUMM Rises From The Ashes

Hey PG,

Hope your well mate and hanging in there amongst the madness of the year so far..

Well with the forecast looking good and the slight relaxation of some travel and social gathering rules we SCUMMbags decided to head a little south to one of our fav rights a point break.  We hadn’t been down since just after the fires ripped through there early February,  we hit it about 20 mins before sunrise all to ourselves for a short while then we had to put up with another two in the line up one of the two being a local kneelo we have gotten to know over the years and one other a another kneelo so the vibe was good..  anyways said Gday to Keith the kneelo  and the first thing he says is ….. where you guys been? its has been noticed that you guys haven’t been here in a while.. haha..

Heres a quick video, I went for the slomo option as  you get to see a lot more of how we all wrangle our craft differently.. again they were put through the abuse cycle that is that right hander and again the 4thgearflyers lived up to the challenge check for Adams early sinus cleanse first wave.. yehaaa and of curse there was lots of sympathy from Neal and I      ..not.

Take care friend..


May 15, 2020

Birdwell Beach Britches

The classic California beach wear company Birdwell has a "Buy a Mask, Give a Mask" program going....it's worth participating in, for sure. Here...

Also, they have a blog with some interesting interviews with fascinating people in the surfing world!

May 13, 2020

From Andre

Hope u n ur family are well. Much love from the Islands and Krikorians.

Here's Velzy girl 6 months old at waimea bay...Before waimea gets 15ft this weekend for a spring time winter swell!


May 11, 2020

From Robert

Richard Harvey pulls In!

May 5, 2020

From Googlefog

Hi Paul,

Hope you and yours are well in these crazy times!

I just came across these pictures from Chile back in 2017.  I’m pretty sure I was riding a standard.

The tide, sand, and swell direction this afternoon were absolutely flawless! The glass tells what the wind was like!
Fingers crossed for next year!

Take care,

May 3, 2020

From Jim

Not today, but a few years back. Share on the surfmatters blog. 


Apr 30, 2020

From Surf Sister

It's a moment to be celebrated for the mats!

This all happened organically. It's a testament to how much people love the mats, as well as how word about them is getting around.



Apr 29, 2020

From Oily


Hey PG, 

Hope this finds you and yours all happy ( as much as you can be in isolation) and healthy.  Been some tough times over our ways this year so far particularly  in our little hamilet on the South Coast NSW,  first we had the fires over the summer that devastated so many areas and communities around here over the holiday season then we had some floods happening and now  its been several weeks since we had the freedom of doing what we want when we want replaced with the current virus crisis worldwide. It has  its good and bad points i suppose as you know where us SCUMMbags reside down here and with the fires and now the travel bans and  social distancing and isolation rules ( not lockdown ha) it has kept the city dwellers and non locals out of our breaks  for the first quarter of 2020 well the majority of them anyways still the odd outa towner.. We are still managing some slide time under the banner of daily exercise. The Autumn (Fall) weather has been kind with some glorious mornings enjoyed around our local stomping ground.

Philfee Phil Harper celebrated a Birthday the other Saturday so we through him a wave party at one of our regular breaks Flatties nice fun early morning slide then a wander up the beach to another sneaky bommie we knew was working for some low tide right handers was a great morning indeed.  The swell was forecasted to jack up overnight with Sunday morning proving to be a bit more of a challenge at Flatties but hey Paul you know us we SCUMMbags love a challenge. Here are a couple of short videos  of the weekends fun and mayhem we hope you enjoy seeing your craft being put through its paces SCUMM style.


Take care my friend 


Apr 28, 2020

2 Lockdown Go Outs

 Zaf, in Australia


Matt, in New York

Apr 27, 2020

From Brandon

I can’t express how stoked I am on matting, I prefer to mat over riding a board most days. and if someone else is matting with me I am like a giddy child!  Hope you and your family is staying safe during these times.

I included a picture of me at the 28th street pier on a blown out day...I had to myself.


Apr 25, 2020

From Jeremy

Hi Paul,

Matt surfing is one of my favorite things to do. When I have a moment, I search for the smallest waves to mattress surf.

I shot it with a Digital camera positioned on the beach. 

Apr 22, 2020

More From David

I went back this last weekend and got some more slides on the Lotus.  Took some gopro video.  Fun!  
Thank you always,


Apr 20, 2020

From David

Hi Paul,

 I hope you and yours are happy and healthy during these trying times.  I just wanted to share with you the joy your mats give me whenever I have a chance to ride them.  I was able to go down south last weekend on a windy afternoon and decided to ride the mat after seeing some small peelers off a jetty.  I was preparing to keep my social distance from anyone in the water but was thankful to see that there wasn't anyone else out as far as the eye could see.  I got many fun rides and my wife was able to catch a few on her cell phone.  Thank you again for these fun vehicles that help me keep my stoke and sanity during this pandemic!  Praying for everyone to get through this and on to a better tomorrow.



Apr 19, 2020

Sand Marble Racing

While Marble Racing has been around a while, lately it has picked up steam as a spectator sport.

The above pictured coastal-centric race is appropriate for us!

Apr 17, 2020

From Andre

This is Smokey the cat once again, with best friend and matting protege Velzy. We named her Velzy after my favorite wave and love and respect for Dale Velzy, the great Dutch woodworker. His lifetsyle and contributing to surfing from the beginning..

Yet to my knowledge, Dale never even surfed Velzyland!
Alohas nui loa.
Hope y'all are good

Apr 16, 2020

From Tusked Beast ...

An insane number of mat surfers share the waves in Pacific Ocean Park back in the 50's...sans leashes, sunblock, or concerns about a pandemic. You can't say those were better days for any number of social reasons...but these kids are sure having fun!

Apr 14, 2020

Mysto Lockdown ...

Greg and Bill cracked one of the mysto spots along the Central Coast...with a lockdown camera. Some fun little zingers!

Apr 10, 2020

From Andre: Corvid 19 Lockdown !!!

Smokey the cat, patiently waiting for the green light to crack it again...