Hi, My Name is Mat ...

by steve watts March 24, 2013

Surf mat alternative surf craft

Your Inflatable Alternative Surf Craft

Ready to take yourself less seriously? Perhaps round out your quiver of shortboards, handboards, and longboardsMat might be just the guy!

Don't dismiss him as just another kook in the line up. This inflatable nylon raft is rumored to have unreal speed and sensation, even in junk conditions, making the surf mat a fun alternative to wave riding.

"Surfers willing to try mats have an element of adventure and individuality.  They're predisposed to accepting the experience for what it is, then follow their hearts," said Paul Gross, a surfboard designer, shaper and surf mat rider since the 1960's. Come check out Mat and his alternative surf friends (including Slyde Handboards) at StokeFest on February 17th, 2013 at Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California!

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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