Thursday, 26 September 2013

Extreme Mat Sliding


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Pic above by Eric Bridges


Yep , that's me about to get smacked in the head and lightly rolled across the reef…and the view from my helmet cam as I was taking off on a fun one!


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‘Lefties’

We have often looked at this wave break and wondered if it was possible to ride it on a mat, nice and sucky, more the domain of the boogie riders and quick footed stand ups, so when the swell and wind came together the other day , it provided the chance to see what we could do on a surf mat. I had to work first up in the morning, and after a call from da Bolt saying that he was heading on down, I was keen to finish and make the most of the high tide before it drained to low. As I pulled into the carpark , I was surprised by the amount of cars, but spotted da Bolts car and was soon walking up the path towards the reef when I saw and heard  a few of the local crew yell out ‘go the mat man’ , amongst the hoots and hollers! Yep , Eric was out there pulling into some great pits, much to the delight of the younger crew, so it didn’t take long for me to ‘run 'back to my van , grab my gear and hit the water quick smart before the tide made it a really difficult wave to ride!


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So with a super low inflation on the mat, and with a lot of egging on from da Bolt, I was soon on the take off zone with just one lidder and a couple of stand up lad’s. My first wave was a nice soft one, and gave me a chance to feel out the drop, so the next one was way deep and got barrelled off my head , but mowed down as quickly as I pulled in…at least I didnt get rag dolled across the reef, so that spurred me on to see how far I could push my little MT5 mat , and was surprised how well I could get a rail to bite and hold its line down the sucky faces.


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‘’You can go this one’’


A pecking order was soon in place, with the lidder taking the main bombs ( closeout 6ft plus barrels) leaving just me a one other foot boarder to share the medium plus waves, so was surprised when a nice sucky one stood up and the look on the stand up was priceless….├Żou can take this one’…and so the pecking order was set, much to the amusement of myself considering that I am a 51 year old mat sliding grommet and been given waves by a young 18 year old rooster…have to remind him next time its     3 feet and he wants to paddle on the inside of me…classic!


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Nice Drainer


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We had a ball, but the tide was soon too low and causing the waves to really shutdown across the reef, so it was back to the local shop for a feed and a short rest before heading off on our next adventure.


Video below via my Helmet Cam





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Surf Number Two…..After a quick drive down a few bush tracks, we were soon down at one of our old favourite haunts, and with nobody out it was a nice relaxing surf after the earlier womp-a-thon.


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A truly Tropical Place, where thongs grown on the tree’s!


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Next Weekend….be there or be SQUARE



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Saturday, 21 September 2013

A Few Week’s Back


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Its been a blur of late , so many swells and great waves and some great company to share these gems with.


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A few more pictures from Eric’s 60th Birthday Celebrations


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A Day with Neal and SCUMM


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Of my new Edge Spoon


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A few fun waves were had here


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but there was also fun waves here as well


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Off to Funky Town





After a fun surf out at Gilligans on the mats , I jump into Neal’s buggy and took the back road to Cudmirrah via Cedar Road


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Filling the Tank up!!


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A View from the Water


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Two different views


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Crossover fun with Friends