MATSURFERS.COM NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2019

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!


JOHN ADKINS IN BAJA

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!


GRIP EXPERIMENTS FROM JERRY

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.


NEW ARTICLE ADDED TO OUR MEDIA PAGE

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.


VIDEO OF THE MONTH

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.

Thanks

MatSurfers.com

MATSURFERS.COM NEWS - MAY 2019

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.

Perfect…


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.

Thanks

MatSurfers.com


MATSURFERS.COM NEWS - FEBRUARY 2019

Welcome to the February newsletter and there is a fair bit going on! It’s been a month of creative output in the surfmat world with wonderful edits, beautiful artwork, clothing, product news and an dded bit of content on the site.


THE GREENDUATE

OK… We apologise for that terrible pun but we make no apologies for sharing this amazing little video from Alex Kopps. No need for more words. This video says it all.

Check out more of Alex’s work on his Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user4751019


RAD BUT ANONYMOUS

Another video now and we have no idea who made this. We have no idea who the mat surfer is.

AND we respect intellectual property and would never normally share content without the owner's permission but c'mon!!! This is way too good not to share. We just found it in our Dropbox folder with no indication as to who, what or where...

Anyway, if you know who this is please let us know. If it's you, let us know and if you want it taken down we will take it down but we would rather give you the credit this deserves and celebrate good film making and mat surfing.


SURFMAT LINO PRINTS

More creative outpourings, this time from the talent that is Bryn Dampney.

Matsurfing, kneelo riding/shaping, SUP’ing, windsurfing Bryn is a man of many talents and visual art is one of them. As you may know, Bryn is the man behind our very own MatSurfers.com logo.

Bryn Dampney Rast Surfmat Lino Print

Bryn has also been hacking away at lino and has come out with a pair of gorgeous prints. The first (above) is of Dave Rastovich cruising across a left.

The second is a copy of a classic shot by Wardie of George Greenough carrying an old Neumatic. Stunning work.

Bryn Dampney George Greenough Surfmat Lino Print
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Bryn says he plans to do a small run of prints in the not too distant future so stay tuned for an announcement on that.

Oh, by the way… Talking of our logo, we are working hard to get some decent quality tees sorted with the logo at the header of this page printed on the chest. Short runs are harder than you might imagine but we’re hopeful we will get the job done on that front!


WARPMATS TEES

Speaking of beautiful artwork and surfmat apparel, we’ve had word from Ian Jermyn at Warpmats to say that they have just taken receipt of a batch of pretty special looking tees.

The new Warpmats t-shirts, Shorebreak Freaks, are a small edition run screen printed on 100% organic cotton.

The shirts are €26 plus shipping.

More details here: http://warpmats.com/product/shorebreak-freaks/


CUSTOM G-MATS ARE AVAILABLE AGAIN

You may remember that G over at G-Mat Surfmats was struggling under a heavy waiting list a while back. Well, he tells us via his blog that he has finally caught up so is open to new orders. He’s changed how hes doing it though so rather than a long waiting list it’s a first come first served basis.

People who want a custom G-Mat can get on G’s mailer to hear when he is taking orders: https://customsurfmats.com/order

Word is we will be getting some G-Mat stock back in store in the Spring too. Get on our Mailing List to make sure you don’t miss out on that one!


NEW ARTICLE ADDED

We have added a new article to our Mats in the Media page. The article comes courtesy of Slideaholics.com over in Oz and is the story of the birth of SCUMM and their formative years.

You can link to the original online article or download a PDF.

A really fun read as you’d expect and a decent bit of surfmat history (let’s face it, they have earned their spot).

It’s particularly moving to see Da Bolt in full flight. #ericwouldgo


So there we have it. That just about wraps up February’s news.

As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.

Thanks

MatSurfers.com

MATSURFERS.COM NEWS - JANUARY 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Starting off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR to mat surfers all over the world! (Better late than never).

So, not the busiest of Newsletters this month but it’s been a slow start to the year, We’ll be keeping oour eye out for stuff and please do send us your news.

Surfmat Happy New Year

MATS THAT MATTER - TERRY’S SECRET SAUCE

Kendog has been at it again with the amazing tale of his Intex mat kept alive with a curious concoction - Terry’s Secret Sauce. Sit back and enjoy the ride HERE.

Kendog has some really good things planned for this year which we’re really excited about so stay tuned for more!


WARPMATS NEWS

Word from mat builder Matt Fedden who is doing a touch of DIY:

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There is a short delay in the production of custom built warpmats.

At the end of January I am starting to renovate an old barn here at my house in Cornwall as a new mat making space. Initially I aim to take out and replace the floor, and eventually will renew walls and roof. Whilst the work is ongoing the mat making gear is under tarps

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The trick is to keep some mat production flowing, so the restoration will progress in stages. In order to preserve my sanity I won't process further orders for mats through the shutdown, in order to concentrate on the building work. However, Ian will be making tee shirts and other Warpmats gear, during this time.

As the work eases I will produce a number of stock mats which will be available at £180, from the facebook site. As soon as the floor will support mat making in the new workshop, custom built surfmats will be made again. Currently I would hope to resume building surfmats for customers at the end of February.. Anyone enquiring about a custom mat will be put on hold till then, and it will be announced on the website when mat builds restart.

Custom built mats will be available for £180 plus post for a mat made with stock (black or white 70 denier, or green 200 denier) material. Dyed mats will continue to be available. In future Ian will undertake most if not all the dyeing. Mats with dyed decks will be available for £250 plus post.

Good wishes,

Matt

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In a follow up Matt said “Forecasting a bit of snow to take the roof off in”!

Have fun Matt!


As always, we welcome your feedback and contributions.

Thanks

MatSurfers.com