I think all of us first became aware that Tim had joined the mat riding community when a terrific little standing wave video surfaced. I decided to edit out everybody else except Tim and posted it here.
Now Tim and his missus, Christina, have created another gem of a video and it was the appearance of this that inspired me to find out a little more about the man.
Having made some rather arbitrary assumptions about Tim above, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was probably on the money as he and his wife are prolific bloggers about all things inspirational! Mat riding of course, being one of those inspirational things. It was searching through their blog for mat riding posts that I stumbled across the wonderfully quirky image of Tim striding down the beach with mat under arm! Of course I had to use Google Translate to find out what the post spoke about with the following most amusing result.
Lying on his back in the water and I am doing something to blow the black before me. Incredulous I see a couple of surfers bobbing far from me in the water and wait for the next wave. I smile at them friendly, which is reciprocated with questioning looks and smile."What does the guy there with the white beard?" It is my surfer colleagues in his face. What am I doing here? I'm here to surf and extremely fun to have! However, I have to ride off no surfboard, but an air mattress to the waves. Anyone who thinks that this is the same as a boogie board, a short plastic board that you surf lying on his stomach, is totally wrong. While I surf my little black air mattress lying on his stomach, but this requires a totally different approach. It works best when it is not inflated plump, but still a little limp. If I succeed with my fins to paddle a little wave the mattress beneath me awake to life and speeds as fast as I'm not used to from my surfboards. I fly along the shaft wall and now I'm the one who has to grin. The cool thing is that I have with the mattress for longer and can continue browsing to the shallowest water. Yeah! When paddling back to the others I am questioned by a surfer on my mattress. My counterpart smiles when I explain that it is actually a limp air-filled mattress. This thing is just a toy, and who consequently in the water rumtollt that you can not really take seriously. One thing is certain, it is definitely not real surfing! I do not care of it and make me take it to the next wave. As I'm flying along the shaft wall, am like a little kid and think, "No real Surfing is a lot of fun!"
I have a mat riding tip for you Tim. I reckon you would benefit from dropping your chin on to the mat more often to develop the speed to get through to the next section.