Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Officer on Deck






































Mat Surfing the new 5 Star General Surf Mat from G-MAT CUSTOM SURF MATS


Okay I have been slack and have been meaning to write a review of this new mat, so here we go.


































First Impressions







































Beautifully hand made mat that has a great deck grip system built in , so no need to add any extra grip or wax.
The air valve ( Boston valve) is different but easy to get use to, apparently there is a rubber diaphragm that normally comes with the  valve but Graeme took it out as people were having trouble blowing air into their mats with it in .
Slightly longer and narrower than say the Krypt or the 4GF , which really does not make  alot of difference as I never compare mats as ' apples for apples ' as there is too many variables in the rider ( height ,weight & style ) and the actual type of wave that your surfing ( beach , reef or pointbreak)
This is a restricted breather , I am not one to crap on about low inflation and what bend you should be riding it at, its all in the touch & feel on the day your mat hits the water , small days , pump it up and the larger days , let them down , again it all comes down to the ability and experience of the  rider!





















Our first surf on the 5 Star

 I was joined by Neal Cameron and Phil Harper for the early out at Gilligans Island , the surf was not exactly pumping but there was still plenty of push and length of ride for its maiden voyage!
Bonus was were all able to swap mats and all have a ride !So 3 different mats, 3 different riders and 3 bags of mixed air!

watch for the Dolphin cameo right at the end of this video




MIXED BAGS OF AIR from adam williams on Vimeo.


Phil Harper below





Finding the G SPOT by Phil Harper





Early Birds

This time I was able to share a few small right handers  with Paul Newman, at one of our favorite reef breaks






Vision below
2 different mats and riders
2 different views from their cameras 



EARLY BIRDS from adam williams on Vimeo.




Mat Adventures from Bulkheads Stuff on Vimeo.


Feeling Flat?
now that's really low inflation





Late afternoon , after work surf at Gilligans.
Drove into the carpark and one of my mates mentioned that Tom Carroll was out in the water...so I paddled out on the 5 Star , straight inside everyone and took off on the biggest close out set that I could get , much to the bewilderment of the crew out there, paddled back out and said hello to Tommy as I paddled past, back  to the inside again!

Vision below via my helmet cam



Tommy Gun and the 5 Star General from adam williams on Vimeo.


Happy Fathers Day

surfing this left hand Bommie





Scored this with just another couple for over 2 hours, Happy Fathers Day to me!!



5 STAR GENERAL from adam williams on Vimeo.



Followed by a yummy breakfast of papaya , apple , tangelo and mandarin




Plonka

Surfing Coco Pops, one of my favorite right hand point breaks, this time Paul Newman is at the helm of the 5 Star General




plonka from adam williams on Vimeo.





Friday Afternoon Fun







Early Saturday Morning Fun






Super early fun with Paul , had this for 2 hours before a foot boarder joined us!




Spinning Around from adam williams on Vimeo.









Candy Crush

fun in the sun with the 5 Star General



blackrabbitt from adam williams on Vimeo.



Thursday, 25 August 2016

5 STAR GENERAL






























FROM

G-MAT CUSTOM SURFMATS

IT'S ARRIVED !!

Well after raiding the grand kids piggy banks and selling my complete Pokomon Card Collection , I was able to raise enough funds to purchase a new mat from G-MAT CUSTOM SURF MATS








































Ordering and Payment was a breeze , very user friendly with delivery from the UK in record time , arriving to my front door via courier , packaged inside a cardbox with  tissue paper.
Included with the mat was a repair patch, instructions and a sticker.
















































































The 5 Star General is a stock model
200 Denier nylon deck and 70 Denier internal structures and bottom skin































All the outside flaps are glued tight









































Sikaflex EBT for durable traction









































Modified Boston Valve 








































Concave & Free Rocker
























Restricted Breather 








































All I can say is this is one seriously great looking surf mat.

Many Thanks to Graeme Webster, looking forward to getting this in the water for its first test run.







































Innermost Limits of Fun 

Saturday 20th August




Well its 1-2 foot and a cold winters morning




You Go Mat Sanding 



















or you can still hit those little waves
watch video below of da Bolt and myself sharing a few on our 4GF Surf Mats




4GF from adam williams on Vimeo.



Fish in the Wild 

Sunday 21st August 2016







Whoosk


Black Hawk from adam williams on Vimeo.


There was a rise in the swell













fished from adam williams on Vimeo.


well big enough for us to earn our breakfast










From Phil & Angus










South Coast Dreaming





SOUTH COAST DREAMING from adam williams on Vimeo.






Thursday, 18 August 2016

Fourth Gear Flyers






















Eric Matman and Myself,  'Post Surf Wash Off '

4GF Surf Mats....Tracker RT,  Omni , Standard & Vespa RT

A Clothesline Full of Fun




Once open a winters morning, with Justin and Neal



















Well winter has arrived and with that the early morning summer crowds have gone , leaving those 
who get up early with the sun and the cold, to share some really good , down the line , offshore and powerful, winter swell lines .

Fourth Gear Flyers, the Prequel

Friday Morning
How we Roll on the South Coast....Justin on his Standard, Neal Tracker RT and myself , Omni

After meeting Justin in the car park at 6am, and getting changed in the darkness, the sun was barely peeking its head above the horizon when we paddled out and could only see large , long left hand lines peeling perfectly , groomed by a brisk offshore west wind. I turned to Justin and smile , not a soul out bar us, pumping solid 4-5 feet  and just us two paddling out on surf mats. Our first 4 waves were in the dark before Neal finally joined us , and this is where the video below begins. We shared some absolute bombs, and with myself taking off way deep , I finally paid the price of a late takeoff, with my mat ripped cleaned from my hands , so 40 minutes later, a huge swim and walk over the rocks to the Island to retrieve my Omni , which as you can see blends in with all the boulders , and nearly thought it was lost , but at the last minute the sun beam some light on the blue bottom and I was soon back in the water, joining Neal and Justin in the fun.



Fourth Gear Flyers, the prequel from adam williams on Vimeo.


The Day Before

Thursday 












The swell was on the rise but wind had been screaming crossshore for days, so when I woke up Thursday morning and heard the wind had backed off ,it was a quick drive down to Gilligans where I was soon joined by Neal . We often take turns sharing the helmet and filming duties, between crossovers and laughs, so always a added bonus to the final edit.






















Thunderbirds are Go




thunderbirds are GO from adam williams on Vimeo.




Friday 

Fourth Gear Flyers

Well this picks up from myself retrieving my mat from the Island and joining the boys again, as you can see the waves had cleaned up extremely by the time I finally paddled back out, so much smoother but still plenty of power and zoom to have us sharing waves together. 



fourth gear flyers from adam williams on Vimeo.



Back Mount Go Pro Rig

As you could have seen Neal was riding with a camera pole attached to his back, with my old Go Pro 2 camera used for the recording. I always wear a helmet with a side mount, giving me line of sight vision and also keeping my hands free to steer my mat and also to clean and wipe the camera port each time before depressing the button, so this is the new and improved model from Neal, we broke the old one after a nasty T-Bone collision while attempting a serious fast crossover, so below is what was recorded from the back of Neal Cameron. 




neal cameron back mount test from adam williams on Vimeo.



Saturday

Different location

 Big Left Hander Bombora

Monumental Solo Fun

Got up late and paid the price with the onshore getting blowy by mid morning, so only had a hour before the wind nuked the line up and right on cue, Neal just arrived from walking up the beach, just as the wind turned onshore.







monument from adam williams on Vimeo.



Nothing better than a post surf coffee with the local crew



Sunday

This time I made sure we were there early , the swell had backed off slightly but there was still a few bombs to be had. This was the first time Neal has surfed here and he was surprised at the power of this break and the distance out to sea where it breaks, so if you loose your mat, like I did , its a big swim back in against shifting currents, luckily for me my Omni caught a wave in by its self , remote control riding i say, as apparently it rode very stylish along the wave face all the way to the sand.





dolphin delight from adam williams on Vimeo.



Tuesday

Riding Tadem

Small but extremely FUN
You do not need large waves to get your surf mat running at warp speed ! 
ZOOM








TANDEM from adam williams on Vimeo.



Houston , We have a problem

 'The old Tracker is in damage control with major air leaks and now this lump has appeared like a cancerous growth on the underside of one of the pontoons.'

























A Day in the Life of Mat Man












After ringing around the local surf mat grapevine, I was able to secure Neal another surf mat at a great price and would you believe it was another Tracker RT? ridden only twice, we had to drive up to Gerringong for the pick up and exchange of dollars, and so while up there we had a little mat slide at Eric's favorite reef 007 ,





ONLY SMALL BUT ENOUGH FUN TO MAKE THIS LITTLE EDIT BELOW






a day in the life from adam williams on Vimeo.




Only in Oz


The Effects of way too much Coffee


FUN from adam williams on Vimeo.



Aloha from Oz

Feel like I am back on the Island of  Kauai  





Nathan's New Fatty





I pulled into the car park not expecting much, walked up to the lookout and spotted....a mat rider!
Fancy seeing you here Nathan and mid week as well.

Congrats to you and Naomi on the birth of your new daughter Carly Rebecca Hughes





Nathan is not a bad spoon rider as well and but since moving down from the Gong and a new job, he found the mat would suit him better for the surf that is close by, so he ordered 2 mats from 4GF , a Fatty as well as a Standard.




The Red Baron is mine, full polyester tri-axle construction , while Nathans is a full carbon fiber construction, both spoons made by Neal Cameron.




Nathan on Rail





First Surf on a Fatty

I am riding my Omni with Nathan surfing his brand new Fatty for the first time.


The Fatty Surf Mat from adam williams on Vimeo.



Brand New Tracker RT

Give us a call when you want it small.








First time on his new Tracker RT

I had been surfing a beach close by on my side cut fish and scored some beaut waves, Nal had some business to do first up, so after my surf and a feed, I rang Neal to see if he was heading out to the Island for a surf on his new mat, I hung around for a hour, shooting some pics from the lookout and some video with my IPhone

Fun Times on a Beautiful South Coast Day



funtimes from adam williams on Vimeo.







The entrance to Lake Conjola, Neal lives over the other side and most times just walks over and jumps in the Lake and floats out to the entrance.







Another morning in Paradise
Beautiful Clean water, it was like swimming in a fish bowl!

Small but still had enough power to push the mats along and besides I had Neals new mat in my hands and I wanted to surf it before handing it over, so in the video below I am riding the new Tracker while Neal is giving his old Tracker one last run



tracker rt from adam williams on Vimeo.


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