I think I really prefer to ride a small surf mat. I am starting to entertain the theory that the smaller a mat one can get away with the better. Maybe it is the waves we have around here but I don't think so after yesterdays experience. I initially took the Standard out to a fast right hander in front of the inlet that looked reasonably steep so assessed that the Standard's squarer back end would be more appropriate than a roundtail mat. Anyway, my strategy was unsuccesful as the low tide was on the way and the current pushing out through mouth of the inlet made it impossible to get on to anything as it came through. So I moved across to the point where Michelle and another longboarding friend of ours were hunting down some very small waves. I didn't hold out much hope of getting anything there either but I was sick of my own company by this stage and felt the need for some conversation. It turned out that there was the odd catchable wave coming through and the Standard really showed it's pedigree locking straight into the pocket like a magnet and affording me three most satisfying rides on what were micro waves much smaller than that depicted in the image above. I have given the repaired Fatty to my good friend Jay who lives further to the east in my previous hometown leaving the Standard and the MT5 as the only two mats I own that do not have a roundtail. So I am thinking that a quiver of 4 mats including the Tracker Roundtail, of which the biggest is the Vespa Roundtail providing more than enough mats for my needs, is more than adequate. Incidentally, I have been meaning to mention for sometime now how well the new wax job on the deck of the 4GF's works. I only realised how effective it was when I got back on the Tracker Roundtail, that has not had this particular treatment, and I started sliding around all over it. So what are we gonna call this new wax job? A "Reverse Brazilian" maybe, as it effectively puts the hair back on so to speak!?
Anyway, to get back on track, I am offering my twice used 4GF UDT for sale and am happy to post it anywhere around the world. Make an offer and I will consider it!
PS Had a very interesting email from a mat riding legend recently and you can look forward to more on that soon I hope!