Jul 11, 2024

Tale Of Two Lips




Jul 7, 2024

From Lou



 Best Opening Scene Of Any Surf Movie Ever!

Jun 23, 2024

More Ruminations From Mat Max


Hi PG,
The latest controversy Down Under is a raging debate as to whether or not wetsuits actually keep you warm! Of course it was me who sparked this blasphemous indignation. I'm claiming that cold water washing through negates any qualities of insulation. However I am a minority of one. 
The rest of the crew here in Gisborne staunchly deny the obvious fact that wetsuits are purely a fashion statement reflecting weak minded group think. Utilizing the afore mentioned theory of surfmatting relativity I suggest foregoing buying that new 4/5 and purchasing another 4GF so as to further the quest for eight-billion sales worldwide. Furthermore, a class action lawsuit against all wetsuit manufacturers would go a long way towards earning enough money to buy the whole planet...

Jun 21, 2024

Jun 12, 2024

From Mikey

Mikey over at Pack Ratt Records and Junk in San Diego is the resident mat guru. Follow along as he schools a newbie on the nuances of mat surfing in his own, inimitable style!

4746 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115   (619) 581-9168

Jun 10, 2024

From Mat Max


Mat Max's Theory of Everything

As I am now suffering a severe existential crisis I am seriously questioning the relativity of things. For example I have seven mats and must employ a double-blind scientific comparison in order to choose which one to ride. Lo and behold, I always make the right choice, because they all work great! The same goes for inflation. Statistical analysis shows that the larger the surf the more air volume is required. And also the smaller the mat. 

You don't have to be Albert Einstein to come up with your own E=mc2 Theory of Surfmatting Relativity to make the most of your quiver. The key element to this stunning intellectual inquiry is to have a mat in the first place to experiment with. To sum up my theory on the relativity of things, I calculate that if everyone on Earth bought a 4GF, Gloria and Paul would earn 8,000,000,000 x $360.00 which equals $2,880,000,000,000.00, making them the richest people in the world! Take that Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos... 

So, let's all get out there and convince everyone we know to purchase their own Paul Gross creation in order to drive eight-billion worldwide sales. Everything really is the all the same but different. Thus, now that you are completely confused by this drivel and bollocks like I am, get out in the water, and come up with your own bogus pseudo-scientific rationale for not going to work on a sunny day. Blind them with science!!!


May 26, 2024

UDT Action From Sam, Jamie and Nina


Sam took his son Jamie out for his first surf over the weekend. 18 months old!

Imagery: Nina

Apr 26, 2024

Surfmatting 1951


Matting starts at 3:55

Apr 24, 2024

From Mikey


This is Captain Dave. He's one of the most bad assed old timers from SD. He's a boat captain and a really crazy fisherman. 

The off-the-top slice he did was so good, but my buddy's camera blurred out for some reason in the middle of the ride.

We were riding near the swimming area at the OB pier. We meet there early most mornings for a mat surf. I have loaners mats for anyone who want's to give matting a try.

Mikey/Pack Ratt Records

Apr 7, 2024

From Christopher


Dear Paul-

I was finally able to get the Fatty wet this morning and I wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you for making such a wonderful product. 

I just turned 42 last month and I was fortunate enough to purchase a home less than 10 minutes from the beach about 18 months ago. For the past 6 months I've been running on the beach and bodysurfing in order to get back into ocean shape since I'd been landlocked for the past 20 years. I'm also lucky enough to be able to go almost daily and often get first look at any potential waves. 

That being said, in typical Florida fashion it went flat as soon as my 4GF was delivered. I've been hauling it down to the beach daily in anticipation of anything ridable, and today we had some decent knee to waist high sets roll in on a pretty short beach break but I couldn't resist getting out there. 

It took me a bit to get comfortable paddling but once I figured out my torso placement and rhythm I was floored at how well it paddles and has far less drag than I would have anticipated. My first few attempts were pretty hilarious, I either didn't pull the mat far back enough once I caught the wave and subsequently lost power, or I would get a bit too far forward and plunge the nose down because I wasn't using enough finesse and acting like it was a boogie board.

However, after about 5 attempts I started to get the hang of things and was able to catch a handful of short glorious rides.  I can already tell this will be way too much fun, and I'm very excited to practice and progress with my skills.

Obviously I didn't unlock 3rd or 4th gear, but I could feel the power of the wave under and behind my mat and can only imagine how fun it will be when I learn to fly!

Thanks again for making me this surfmat.


Apr 2, 2024

From Mark


Hey Paul, 

Hope you’re well.

I’ve been wanting to send these to you for a while. I was going through Moms’s stuff last spring and found these. I remember begging my dad to rent a mat when the surf was up. That's him with a mat behind me...my mom in the first one.