Customising the grip on your surf mat is simple and easy.
Although the proprietary Dolphin Skin non skid deck of the Krypt MT5 surf mats works well, like anything, it does wear out over time.
This short and simple lesson shows how to increase the grip around your hips whilst still allowing you to slide up onto the mat.
Contrary to what others have had to say about this process being expensive, messy and difficult, this lesson shows that you can customise the non skid on your mat quickly and cleanly and using your own personal design if you want to.
Stuff You Will Need
One Ice cream Bucket
Small plastic container
One roll of masking tape
Vulkem 116 or other Sticker Flex or Marine Urethane Sealants
Wash your mat with fresh water and allow too dry.
Inflate your mat to maximum pressure.
Clean the deck surface with Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylated Spirits or if available I use Toluene.
Toluene is nasty so wear gloves and use in a ventilated area.
Allow to dry.
You can now apply masking tape to the mat in the design of your choice.
Keep it simple like this lesson or be creative and inventive
If you have an artistic streak you can use cardboard to make a stencil and apply double sided tape to the stencil.
Repeat the process and add more Vulkem.
Allow to dry for 24 hours before surfing.
With the MT5 surf mat weighing only 500gms, the designs we have chosen to use are strategically placed and add as little weight as possible whilst still providing ample grip.
For this lesson a few friends brought along their mats and attended the Master Class also.
My Series 3 mat is over a year old now and pretty thrashed so I needed more grip through the middle.
The others non skid is still in good condition and they only needed the hip grip so we made a short strip design on the rails to provide more grip allowing greater confidence in larger surf and bottom turns.
We also did one using a basic circular stencil.
Well now you know how to do it, have a bit of fun and give it go.
Or........ we can customize your next Krypt Surfmat for a small extra charge.
A fantastic amount of effort has gone in to preparing the material for this post so a big thank you to MT, the photog Hilton Dawe and his mat riding mates for donating their mats for the demo!
I will definitely be having a go at applying grip to my MT5s.