So as we roll in to another season we can take a look at this month’s happenings in the Surfmat world. We have a fun video added to our YouTube page, fresh from the shores of Baja, an interesting approach to deck grip, a new (old) article and a prper cute dog video! The stoke is on!


San Diegan mat surfer, John Adkins, shared a fun little clip of himself in Baja in the Facebook Group and we loved it so much that we just had to ask for it to make a proiper little video.

John tells us that he was completely unaware of the So Cal surfmat scene so be sure to hit him up if you live down that way!


Jerry Phillips sent us in an email and some photos of his experiments with gripping his new 4GF Blue Streak using a combination of Sikaflex EBT and glass micro-beads. Intersting thoughts from Jerry. It will be interesting to see how this works out in the long term.

Until now we only had the choice of Canvas decks found on 4th gear mats or polyurethane adhesive decks both have there pros and cons canvas decks don’t always have enough grip for some riders, I have never had this problem and would be happy to ride canvas deck mats but the mats themselves are not as durable as their Blue streak counterpart. Adhesive decks offer all the grip you could possibly want but the downside is they wear with use and need topping up both are not very face friendly if you do a lot of duck diving.

My new mat has a new experimental deck which uses a combination of Sikaflex EBT and glass micro beads which so far has proved more durable than just EBTand has a strange tacky feel when wet and gives tons of grip. The downside is the mat feels heavy but this was my first effort and now I would use even smaller micro beads in thinner strips. Future could be a durable grippy deck tailor made for the individual rider.
— Jerry Phillips

Here are some photos of Jerry’s handy work.

Jerry followed up with some info on a second grip job:

Thought I would not find a buyer for my second Lotus so I have given it a deck. I have used even smaller 0.07mm micro beads the advantage was I only needed a very thin EBT coat and needed a different technique to apply the beads but have ended with a grippy deck that still leaves the mat very flexible and the grip can now be waxed if you wanted.
— Jerry Phillips

For those who remember it, this looks like a similar effect to the Blue Streak mats that we did through our store in partnership with PG at the beginning of the 2010’s which were gripped with a PU sealant called Tremflex with rubber crumb added. As the sealant wore down the rubber was exposed giving grip but we moved away from this because of the weight issue and to prevent rubber beads getting in to the ocean.

Interesting work from Jerry here. Thoughts are more than welcome in the comments section.


We have just added a great article from UK based Real Surfing Magazine by Steve Griffin.

CLICK HERE for a full PDF of this excellent article.


Yes, we think John’s video is amazing too but you have to go a long way to beat a dog video, so a doggy mat video… Are you kidding me?!?!?

Amazing stuff! from @matman_jpn

Give him a follow. One of our favourite Instagram accounts.

As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.



Welcome to the August Newsletter. This month we have news on Mark Thomson’s sentencing, some and some sexy looking tees on the way from Organic Devolution. We pass on our love to one of our brethren recovering from an op and, of course, look at the photo of the month.


Krypt owner, Mark Thomson was found guilty of assaulting Jodie Cooper after dropping in on her a Lennox Head as we reported in last month’s newsletter. He has gone back to court and according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald has been given a 2 year Community Corrections Order with 300 hours of Community Service.

A further report on the Beach Grit website suggests that “online bullies save surf-mat king from prison…” with the article saying that:

In sentencing Thomson, who is fifty-four, Magistrate Karen Stafford noted the offence was in the upper-range of seriousness and that Thomson had form in the surf-fight game, referring to another incident at Byron Bay in 1998.

However, Stafford took into account a submission from his lawyer Andrew Sochacki who said Thomson had suffered psychological distress as a result of online “abuse”.

“Disgusting and horrifying,” Sochacki said.


“Surfmat King” indeed? We didn’t know Greenough was a suspect! We also didn’t realise that MT was so sensitive but it seems so. In any case, we’re hopeful that this whole sorry business can be put to bed and the focus on Surfmats can be redirected to where it belongs and that is on the real Kings and Queens of mat surfing and that’s you. The people who love mats and love no-nonsense simple fun in the surf.



Ian Jermyn of Organic Devolution and collaborator with Matt Feddon over at Warpmats is hard at work cooking up a range of really fun looking surfmat themed tees. He have be working hard on the lino cuts which look great!

Ian say:

A while back I picked up some Gamblin's lino printing ink for textiles - Drive By Black. Now I've finally finished carving this piece I'll endeavour to get a test prints done. The plan is to do a limited edition run of this print on 100% organic cotton tees. Classic black on white.

We’ve spoken to Ian who is unsure on the timeline but these will be with us and when they are, we will let you know… Keep an eye out for these. It looks like they’re going to go fast when they land!


On to another talented matsurfer and artist, Pete Misson has bee in hospital having a hip replacement op. Petes made of stern stuff as his Facebook Post attests to,

Pete says:

Hello Dear Friends, I AM AMAZED!!! 6 days after hip replacement surgery, I’m walking with one stick after struggling with a walking frame only 4 days ago. I’M GOING HOME TODAY! 😁 NO REHAB HOSPITAL! 😁 I’m not completely mobile & I will have a visiting nurse until the stitches come out. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS 🙏🏻🌟🌟🙏🏻 Namaste 🙏🏻 Namaste🙏🏻 God is good.
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When asked about getting back in the water, Pete replied:

i still have my eye on Capbreton 🌊 in October, we’ll see 😁

We can’t imagine he won’t be there.

Get well soon Pete!


Well it was a tight one this month with August being a great month for mat pics. The winner though was this one by Dave Fox of Dion Agius trying every dirty trick to catch up with Harry Bryant on his mat!

So then, that’s us for August. As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.



Firstly, sorry for the lack of news last month. It’s just that nothing really happened! But don’t worry, we have something for you in July although it’s all a bit miserable unfortunately!


It’s unlikely that you will have missed this saga and it has moved on to the next stage with Mark Thomson (Owner of Krypt) being found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. According to a report from ABC News in Australia:

The court heard the incident erupted after Thomson dropped in on Ms Cooper on his surf mat and began aggressively veering towards her. Ms Cooper told the court she feared for her life as she was grabbed by the head and repeatedly held underwater.

Mark Thomson on his way in to Court - Photo: ABC North Coast: Leah White

Mark Thomson on his way in to Court - Photo: ABC North Coast: Leah White

"It was quick and so violent," she said. "Every time I'd come to go to the surface he'd yank my hair and push me back down again.”

The report goes on:

The court was shown a short video clip of the final seconds of the incident, which Magistrate Karen Stafford said supported Ms Cooper's version of events. "I saw his arm have three movements in a plunging motion while the other person was underwater," she said.

According to ABC, MT told the court that he thought that he was being attacked. However the magistrate stated that: Mr Thomson's story lacked credibility.

MT will be back in Court next month for sentencing and is currently being assessed for suitability for Community Service.

Read the full report from ABC HERE.



That’s right, the fin brand that came and went has come and gone. A real shame but possibly on the cards following the withdrawal of the crowdfunding earlier in the year and brave but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to find distribution for mass-production. Something of a shame as the devotees love them and many potential mat surfers never had the chance to try.

In a post on their Instagram page they said:

“Dear friends, supporters, colleagues and all those who follow us:
JSC Mauricio, the founder of LeblonFins, has returned to what led him to create Leblonfins: the development of the aquacity of those dealing with the mobile energies in the big surf.

Since then, the number of athletes, watermen/ waterwomen who have collaborated and trained with us has grown surprisingly.
Athletes from the Brazilian Lifesaving and Finswimming national teams, bodysurfers, countless members of Rio de Janeiro's military lifeguards and from Brazilian Navy combat divers and other military special forces as well as professional and amateur surfers and big waves water safety professionals.

What do we have in common?
In this case, we all share the love for BIG SURF and we are all committed to real hard physical and psychological training that led to the development of the aquacity of big wave watermen and women.

From now on, LeblonFins is produced solely to equip those fantastic watermen and women with whom we train.
If you are lucky enough to have purchased a pair, now you have a stock that is worth more and more. Keep it as a treasure because we're not going to sell anymore and it's impossible to replace one that's spoiled or lost.


I’m sure we all wish Mauricio and the crew the very best moving forward.


And finally, something to ameliorate the doom and gloom. Photo of the month was a really hard pick this month but who can argue with this from Glen Wenrich on Instagram.

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I need to listen to George’s advice

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Thanks Glen!

As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.



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.


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.


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.



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.