Welcome to the MatSurfers.com 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.
MARK THOMSON SENTENCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
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.
ALL HAIL THE SURFMAT KINGS AND QUEENS!
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!
GET WELL SOON PETE!
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,
When asked about getting back in the water, Pete replied:
We can’t imagine he won’t be there.
Get well soon Pete!
So then, that’s us for August. As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.