Feb 22, 2020

Another One From Lloyd

 Hi Paul

Second surf on the air mat at urbansurf Melbourne on Wed night - advanced mode - 30kph onshore winds so not ideal but still lots of fun and more powered up than intermediate mode - again the oldest in the water by at least 15 years. As we entered the the water an ace surfer stepped up indicated towards me and said to everyone " respect your elders, let the guy on the mat lead us out and get the first wave - we follow him" Thanks for that! The facilities and staff are fantastic also, Andrew Ross is creating a great venue and the fact one has to book a few weeks in advance is testimony to this. Thanks to Matt Blackwood for the video.  

 Cheers Lloyd


Feb 17, 2020

From Lou

Kirra in the 1940s, with surfers riding the surf-o-planes they've hired from my Mum and Dad. As a little kid dad would send me to swim out to any people that had exceeded their hire time, to tell them they must come in. Courtesy of Toni Cameron.

1957 Surf O' plane championship that was then sponsored by Johnny Charlton who ran the kiosk. Courtesy Kirra Surf life Saving Club 100 Years

Feb 15, 2020

From Nolan

Hey Paul,

How are you man!? Haven’t spoken in a minute, just wanted to check in and send you this video of myself and Harry Bryant out at rock piles. Hope you dig it! It was for sure the biggest surf I’ve ever ridden a mat on.

Enjoy! Talk soon!!


Feb 12, 2020

From Capetown

Finally. Here. Thank you.

Will take it into the Atlantic tomorrow!!!!

And of course... will be in touch :)

From Jon


Here's two shots from my recent riding!


Feb 11, 2020

Happy Birthday Kaylee !!!

As you can see by the picture Kaylee loves her surf mat!! She actually squealed when she opened it!  Thank you so much for helping her grandpa make her birthday such a happy one!  AND for making sure it arrived on time!!  When the time comes, and all three grandkids are on them at the Point I will send another picture (might be awhile!)
The kids are loving these mats so much!  And Kaylee, not much of a swimmer yet, felt so confident using her brother’s in Hawaii. I’m sure it’s going to be a fun summer!

Thank you and all the best to you!

Feb 9, 2020

From JB ...



Saw these on Edhat this morning. Some fun photos, especially of the body surfing.
How about these for yet another non-advertisement for matting? 


Feb 3, 2020

From Tusked Beast

Dear Paul,

Really fun day, beautiful and warm, spent with Capt'n Thom, down at Mat Disneyland (where the rides are exciting but the queues are long)! With Steiny out it was a Momentary Mat Meetup :) No pics but Thom took this snippet of a video. Doesn't it look delectable?

Thanks as always for creating- what did Rob call them? Vehicles of Joy.... :)


Feb 1, 2020

From ACE

Just a little update from Ecuador..

Thank you for the mats they really helped me keep my sanity.. Waves looked small and a little mixed up this morning..A change from the BOMBS we have been having all week.. Good day for a mat..give it a go might get a couple little corners..As I am heading out the waves just keep getting bigger and further out.. I was making it through most of them.. Getting half way up the face and just punching through with all I had to not get sucked backwards over the fall.. The waves were a really pretty translucent blue color.. The water was warm.. But they were definitely more than I thought I was going to get into..Kind of had to wake up the serious side. Only me and one other guy up the beach aways ..

I finally got all the way outside.. Now what.. All I really saw were thick close outs on the race out.. Paddled to a landmark spot I have thinking this would be as good a spot as any for maybe making one.. Had to let a few go by and keep going further out.. Finally I see a peak in about the right spot.. It has a pretty good shoulder maybe.. I kick and paddle the mat as hard as I can not going to be a easy one to catch.. I got it.. But it is so big that any angle top turn for a easy set up is impossible.. We're going over with it.. I knew I had a shot at making it IF I could hit the bottom twist the mat into a turn and somhowe hold a line using everything I had to keep from sliding sideways and getting severely pummeled..

Somehow I came around the section thinking I have to get up the face some to find the slot.. DID IT.. Now off to the races down the line through several long arching tubing sections.. I ended up waist deep at the finish.. That was my first wave of the day.. For some reason I knew I was not going to be able to top that one.. I tried to get back out but the tide had shifted and all I was doing was diving under waves.. I caught a couple safe mid sized ones and called it a day.. I had watched the waves for at least 1/2 hour before heading out and saw nothing like those waves.. Frikin Mats are cool...