The secret to a good bottom turn on a surf mat is too rotate and twist your hips, your body is just a extension of the craft that you are riding, so its the outline of the inside of your body that basically becomes the rail of your surf craft …starting from your inside hand flat on the deck, right thru to your inside leg and flipper, which in the end becomes your rudder. Eric da Bolt pictured above and below about to set his rail line ….the Wrangler at his best!
Some mat vision from last Saturday afternoons fun slide out at Coco Pops.
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Flex and Fins
I recently pulled out these shed dwellers of mine , pictured from left to right below , the kneeboard is a Chris Crozier flex tail and the spoons are carbon fibre and polyester glass which were the handicraft of Master Glasser and Board maker , Neal Cameron. I was hoping to get my Red Baron in the water this week, but the swell didn’t cooperate , so stuck with my mats instead!
Pray to the Mat Gods for good waves this weekend!!
Eric below doing his best ‘seal ‘ impersonation
Eric heads West
pictured below with Robin from a previous trip, he is taking this time a quiver of mats to ride and share, so lets hope he scores good weather and waves
He also has a 4GF RT with some extended length, that is on loan from Henry Hester , all the way from La Jolla , USA!
Thanks again Henry for the loan and we will be sure to share it around amongst the crew.
and with his new Custom made G-Mat 41 ( aka Stinkles )
For a further read and information about G-Mat Custom Surf Mats, check out link below
Faster than a speeding bullet…
Terry asked the other day about wearing booties to stop the chaffing of flippers on their bare feet! I have been wearing hard sole reef booties for the past 20 odd years. I wear a size larger in fins to accommodate the booties and they are great to run around all the rocks and reefs .
A few waves with Eric and myself the other afternoon, the lid rider was getting some smoking pits!
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Made in Taiwan
Spiritual Buddhist Temples Everywhere
No Surfers Unattended
I was blessed to travel and surf this country long before anyone or the surfing media took an interest in Taiwan.
And the fact they have best tech on the planet to make my mats the decision to manufacture there was easy.
SurfTaiwan.com - Personal Tours In the Tropics from Surf Taiwan-Tours in the Tropics on Vimeo.
pictured below is Mark’s Grandson Jake, with the KRYPT MT5 Series IV surf and mini kids mat below
Its no secret that Krypt surf mats are made in Taiwan, Mark Thomson designed and develop the MT5 to what it is today…the fastest High Performance Surf Mat on the market and my mat of choice when surfing large fast pointbreaks, reefs and beach breaks.
Krypt surf mats are available in most surf shops world wide, and they fill the void that the custom makers cannot…a regular supply to the retail surf shops of high end mats, without the time and wait that the custom builders need to manufacture, thus enabling more of the general public and surfers to buy and access the joy of riding surf mats !
This is what got me hooked on surf mats again and after riding kneeboards for the past 35 years….
SURF MAT TURBO TIME II : NEXT LEVEL
Blind in the surf without Glasses?
I have been wearing daily disposable contacts for the past 12 years , but alot of surfers cannot and wont ( hint hint Eric) use them, so these water specs are the go and highly recommended by our good mate Mike ‘Spaniard ‘ Fernandez
and pictured below with Tommy Pip, myself and Tommy Backer but in 2011
Picture by Rob Slater
below is a great interview with good friend , Artist and Surfer Tom Backer
ARTIST INTERVIEW – TOM BACKER
http://www.ocartblog.coI first discovered Tom Backer’s work in the early 80′s when he was documenting the burgeoning So Cal punk rock scene. Backer’s extensive photographic collection of early punk shows, although unheralded, rivaled the work of better known punk rock documentarian’s like Edward Colver. I was a fan. However, as the 80′s progressed Backer disappeared from my radar and I wasn’t sure what happened to this talented photographer. But as fate would have it, I was fortunate enough to run into Backer’s wife Jennifer recently who pointed me to Tom’s website and gave me an update of what he’s been doing these last few decades. Well it turns out that Backer has been busy in his studio producing wonderful new work consisting mostly of assemblages and reliquaries. After seeing his new work I was blown away, and knew I needed to get his work on the OC Art Blog. So I am pleased to introduce Tom Backer and his work to the OC Art Blog community. Enjoy!