Welcome to the May newsletter. Just a wee one this month as we haven’t seen loads going on but with a fun edit and news about a new products in our store I guess we have some stuff of note to talk about.
SURFMAT REPAIR KITS IN STORE NOW
The title says it all here. We have put together some Surfmat repair kits. Each kit contains a 5g tube of Stormsure glue, a patch of 70 denier TPU backed nylon in either navy or black, a sheet of grease-proof paper and a spreader. Oh, and instructions on how to fix pinholes and tears of course!
Kits are £4.99 GBP and available in store now.
We also have some G-Mat 5 Star Generals and Bodybags on the way so stay tuned for them and get on our mailing list to get the heads up when they’re in if you haven’t already.
COTTONS MATMEET, 2019
First up, you might remember that there was a Matmeet at Trestles in April. You might also remember that we said Chad Stickney was there to film it and Chad has uploaded his edit!
You’ve got to agree. This pretty much sums up mat surfing. No BS friendship in the water.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Well, we’re slightly cheating here cause the photo was actually from last month but it was since the last Newsletter so I guess sort of, of this month… Anyway, look!
I guess we can be forgiven for just deciding to share this eh?! Cracking shot from Instagram of @nihilseebart
So there we go, short but sweet. As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.
Welcome to the April 2019 MatSurfers.com Newsletter. We have a lot in this month with a new Here & Now, an update on the 'Surfmat Rage debacle and news about a stock mat from Warpmats, plus a great video from Trevor Gordon riding a G-Mat Bodybag at Sandspit.
Oh… and a Matmeet!
JJ’s HERE & NOW
We are so proud to present the latest Here & Now instalment from Kendog.
This one has taken a lot of work to put together. Field work from Ken and then Jamie slogging through the tons of material to put it all together but what a final result, were sure you’ll agree. Reed all about it HERE.
SURFMAT RAGE UPDATE
Not the nicest of subjects this one but needs reporting on. Mark Thomson has been in court. The article speaks for itself so we don’t have anything to say on it. You can read it HERE.
We’ll have to see how this all pans out. What we would say though is keep it mellow out there. A scene as small as ours is susceptible to being tarred with brushes and some of the comments online seem to really focus on the mat element. Mat riders are generally seen as low key, relaxed, no bullsh*t individuals. Let’s keep it that way.
G from G-Mat Surfmats recently took a trip to California and, whilst there, put up the Mat Signal for a matmeet. It was held at Cottons and was well attended by some old and new faces. The waves weren’t great, but as you’d expect, the fun was world class!
Chad Stickney of HCW Housings was there with his camera and drone. He’s working on an edit right now which we’ll stick in the next news letter. For now, here are a few GoPro clips taken by Matt Pierce of a session he had at a rare spot with James “Mattitude” Sowell and G.
WARPMATS STOCK MODEL
News from Warpmats. They are back in action and have brought out a stock mat called the GP.
This has a big size range in terms of rider and suits most conditions as you’d expect for all rounders. Have a read about them and get yours on the Warpmats site HERE.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Well… We’ve gone for a video this time. Technically broken our own rules but this clip from Trevor Gordon surfing Sandspit with a G-Mat Bodybag is waaaaaaaay too good not to share!
As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.
An exciting and inspiring first post this month as we look at a DIY surfmat build. Also, news of an impending Here & Now…
ANDREW’S MAT BUILD
We were so stoked to see this pop up in the Facebook group that we got in touch with Andrew and asked him to tell us all about his DIY mat building exploits. Here’s what he told us:
I try and approach my surfing from a practical angle. Long boards always worked great for me, then I grew to love big heavy boards and even got into SUP. The history of surfing naturally became a passion, people like Skip Frye, Bob McTavish and of course George Greenough always featured high on my hero list and this in turn bought about my first glimpse of surf mats. Like many Brits my mother in law moved out to Spain about 15 yrs ago, so a couple of cheap holidays a year in the Med were on the cards, "you can't surf in the med" and taking a longboard on a cheap flight is almost impossible...turns out you can of course surf in the med!! That was it! Time to try and f find a surf mat. I got hope of a couple of sea eagle mats for me ,my and daughter to mess about on at J Nannys house. My with was already a compitant body boarder and stand up surfer so she taught me how to use fins. We were hooked!! I later got hold of a redback which I thought was ace, until it popped while my daughter was riding it.
Then I found the matsurfers page on facebook I felt like the little girl from the Blind Melon No Rain video...more weirdos like me!! So back to the point practicality, I needed a half decent strong mate and being too cheap to buy one I thought I'd have a go at making one. I hasten to add it would have been much easier to buy one! I am a stubborn cheap skate. I really wanted something like the old hogman something retro and cool?! Like George?? I got chatting to Graham from gmats online who was subtly trying to tell me I was wasting my time with the old style heavy canvas mats...however I found out the hard way hence Mark one of my efforts became a dogmat.
Dogmat Mark two...proper stuff and loads of encouragement from G, tips and advice. Which was very humbling as this guy makes mats for a living but never pushed a sale...really cool guy. The build was the hardest thing I have ever done, there is nothing to relate to...heat bonding TPU is something you just don't do in every day life. I had a rough idea of what I though would work for me based on the redback and my sea eagle...but Graham nudged me in the right direction. I didn't expect a perfect mat and didnt really care just as long as it worked and that I had built it myself. One of the things I am passionate about making stuff...Like I said the build was completely alien I just learnt as I went along...the hardest part was the internal.construction...wow mind blowing!! I went for a simple four pontoon construction to keep it as easy as possib!e, easy being a word that soon bit me on the arse...there was some stuff on YouTube about building with TPU BUT not much. It instantly made me realise that £250 or 250 dollars for mat is nothing...the build took me 4-5days in total, materials aren't cheap those guys can't be making a lot of cash...Which makes it even cooler they clearly do it for the love of matsurfing very rare in this world...so guys this is it my Mark two Dogmat.
Three days into the build thought 'fuck this, I am never doing this again' I just focussed on getting it air tight...and not wasting the time and money id already invested in something that may not even work...I took a break and watch Crystal Voyager...for the 50th time. George's mellow attitude and inventive tenacity drive me on...me and George had a moment of cosmic electricity or maybe that was just the fumes...so it was finally finished, I added some grip (also really hard to do) satisfaction...I
did it! Not perfect I know...wonky lines, messy grip but I did it! I never have to make a fuckin mat again!! The next day a second back up Boston valve arrived in the post...my little brain started ticking...
Dogmat Mark 3???
JJ GETS THE KENDOG TREATMENT
Jonathan Jarrett (better known as JJ) is a mat rider, collector and builder who has a real story to tell. Kendog and Jamie are just wrapping this one up. Say tuned for something special…
As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.