Win a Mark Thomson Surf Mat

15 Dec 2010 0 Share

Wanna get your mits on one of Mark's mats? Email us a photo of yourself on the most ridiculous inflatable craft, or dig through the family photo album for a classic surf-mat shot, and send to competitions@coastalwatch.com to be in the running. So grab your pool toys and camera and hit the beach. It’s the perfect excuse for some flat-day fun. Competition closes December 24.



Mark Thomson’s Surf Mats.

Surf mats are an Aussie invention have been around since the 1930’s. In fact for many surfers, surf mats or surfoplanes were the vehicle that they first rode waves on, way before their grommethood had begun.

However, there has always been a hard core cult of surf mat riders who never stopped riding them with George Greenough being the most publicly recognizable. They were always singing the praises of their “bow up” missiles with tales of deep tubes rides and red line speed runs.

Lennox Head surfer, shaper and cinematographer, Mark Thomson has been riding surf mats seriously for 30 for years and after “blowing up” the last of his high tech mats, decided to develop and manufacture his own designs. Mark surfs a variety of high tech surfboards but finds that riding his mats give him a more intimate connection with the waves.

MT “ When I’m on the mats, I get a more pure surfing experience of gliding effortlessly across the wave. It’s kinda like the way a dolphin surfs or an albatross rides the updraft of a wave. The mat taps the hidden energy potential of a wave not available to a surfboard and massive increases of speed can be obtained with minimal input from the rider. I call it auto acceleration.”

The mats dimensions are 3’6’’ long by 20” wide, they are 5” thick and because they are manufactured from lightweight military fabrics they weigh less than 20 ounces. They’re as tough as nails and very durable. Design features, are a blueprinted concave in the deck and bottom and fluid amplification rocker which creates dynamic lift to give you a high speed, frictionless ride.

MT “They run over chop and bumps in a wave like they don’t exist as they have the ability to bend and conform with the shape of the water. They can be used regardless of surface conditions and can turn a windy, blown out day into a day of high performance riding and fun.”

Riding the MT5 Surf Mat is portable, lightweight, high performance surfing experience. You can pull it out of your back pocket, blow it up and go and charge. In fact, Mark reckons they are potentially the fastest surf craft on the planet, having been clocked at 48.3 kph and are unlike any other surf mat ever created. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your dial every time you take it out for a spin.

Check them out at Mark’s website for more details. kryptsurf.com

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