Jul 25, 2020

SCUMM Surf/Shill Session

i Paul
Weird & Wacky times here at the moment as we hurtle towards a 2nd lockdown!

I have been loving reading all the posts on the Surfmatters site but unfortunately cannot share any on my FB page as apparently 'it does not meet community standards' so you must have a real fan there or a frustrated mat rider, either way its weird!

Yesterday morning we were lucky to score some fun waves out at Gilligans with our usual cohorts of friends and would make a point of recommending these Soft Surf Helmets from DMC Fins, considering we surf low to the water it offers extra protection to the head while surfing on those crowded days and helps also with sun protection on the back of your neck and throw in the amphibious eyeware from Barz Optics and you can roll with the whole package!

Stay Wet & Safe


Adam and Bigshot Neal

Neal in Bigshot Evening Wear

Jul 22, 2020

From Cher

Dear Paul,

We hope that my email finds you and Gloria well and enjoying July.

Steve and I have been enjoying dawn patrols on the low tide curve. This week there has been a fun NW windswell and small SW swell mix. With days of onshore winds, the water dropped more than ten degrees! One morning measured 56 degrees on our friend’s dive watch. Chilly but refreshing! We’re back in our full suits. Water was a bit warmer this morning.

As promised, here is a scan of the mat surfing photo of me by Sarah Lee that was published in Lauren Hill’s book "She Surf." This photo appears in Sarah Lee’s feature in the book. I’ve also attached a cover shot of the book. It’s an honor to be featured. Later in the book, there is a story and photos of me surfing my boards.

Thank you Paul for the amazingly fun surf craft that you make for us. Steve and I are all smiles. 

Love and Aloha,
Cher and Steve

Jul 21, 2020

From Steiny

4 plus years old? Don't want to spend more than 35 bucks? Wanna get in the water, but feeling a little peckish at the same time? Problems solved!

From The Washington Post

Jul 18, 2020

From Ben

Thanks Paul.

Received it today.  Getting in the water tomorrow!


Jul 13, 2020

Fresh Water Matting

Dear 4th gear,

I’m a landlocked surfer in Denver, Colorado. We have some standing waves that range from steep and fun to ankle biters.

Here is a 1984 Intex mat I was surfing couple days ago at a standing wave 15 minutes from my home that is surfable 12 months out of the year.




My partner is Ellen, and fresh flat water is her favorite place to take the mats out these days. We’re headed up to camp at some alpine lakes in the Trinity Alps this week, and once again the mats will be lashed to our frame packs!

Here's a photo of me (with Ellen behind the camera) taking the mats out on their maiden freshwater voyage, in the slot canyons of Arroyo Seco. Once again, they proved to be the most fun and versatile watercraft I saw anyone riding...

Take care,

Jul 12, 2020

From Jonathan

Hi Paul!

Diane and I are cat sitting 16-year-old Rufus. His play-pounce stance gives a strong flash of mat body positioning (and a facial expression one might have entering a pitching section.... )

AKA Tusked Beast

Jul 10, 2020

From Mike

Hey Paul,

Still having a blast on my mats.

I was on a road trip and had the Standard with me not my favorite, the Lotus. But finally got to ride it. It's so much fun!


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...