Monday, January 7, 2013
As I was reviewing 2012's posts.........
There are a number of events that have been posted about (a record 139 in 2012) that may explain for you why I am entertaining this idea.
Before recapping the significant posts, a couple of other interesting facts. In May I noted that the blog had just clocked up 40000 visits. In just another 7 months, by the end of 2012, it had grown to over 71000. That adds up to more than a thousand visits a week!
Secondly, there has been an incredible amount of surf mat related images and videos that have appeared this year. This has resulted in my surf mat image collection now not far away from 1500 images and my Youtube site also gaining more footage.
Stream 1 which is full with 1000 images
Stream 2 which now has nearly 500 images and continues to grow rapidly.
RamsnakeSurf which now has nearly 50 videos and has had more than 100,000 visitors.
A quick run through this years posts saw MT5 surf mat designer Mark Thomson of Krypt International launching the first ever tube riding competition specifically for surf mats which garnered an amazing 11 image and video entries from all over the world. When it came to voting for the winning entry, there was a phenomenal response with over 500 people taking the time to visit ASMR and vote. Two of the entries, both of which could have been worthy winners, came from riders at the legendary Wedge in Newport Beach in the US and another arrived from an Irish lass at Nias in Indonesia! Pretty hard to get anymore mainstream than that!
reference that I have ever seen in a mainstream surf related magazine occurred when Mark Anders noted in Surfer's Path that he loved his Paul Gross designed 4GF Vespa Roundtail!
Chad Stickney and his mates surfed Uluwatu!
rode a 4GF 5GF on the pretty challenging reef break at Gnaraloo in the North West of Australia. Thousands saw the footage of that ride in concerts around Australia and when the Sydney concert of "The Reef" was televised recently.
Cyrus Sutton and the crew at the very popular Korduroy.TV produced a great little vid of surf mat riding featuring Daniel Thomson
Tanner Gaudaskas took a surf mat out at J Bay and the footage of that ride appeared in Vans video release Get-N Classic Volume 2.
Swedish mat rider Tim Ciasto produced some great standing wave footage out of Germany.
official surf mat ambassador.
So there you go, an awful lot happened last year to support my supposition. I was interested to see Tim Ciasto's comment on a recent post at Surfmatters where he spoke of his belief that 2013 would be the year of the surf mat. Sorry, Tim but I reckon 2012 was the year. Now I know there are some who might completely detest this thought and would like to keep the surf mat thing all clubby and cliquey, but personally, I would like to see surf mats become a common part of the line up everywhere. There would be definitely be more grins on show rather than the serious looks that seem to accompany some lineups especially those that are populated by riders of thrusters around 6' or so for some reason.