I've just packed up a mat going to Californian skateboarding legend that is Henry Hester.
Henry recently tried out my G-Mat Glider and enjoyed the ride but, having come from riding round-tail mats, found the tail a little loose. After a little arm twisting, Henry talked me into building him a modified Glider with my original XR corner template at the tail and an extre 1/2 inch of length. I used this template on the first two mats I ever made.
Other than that, this is a Glider with Tweener template front corners and completely free-breathing (I'm done with wheezers).
So, here's introducing G-Mat 41 (AKA "Stinkles").
Henry tells me that his face is too beautiful to risk damage so he has opted to have his valve below the seam at the nose of the mat. I've tucked it up under the edge-lap to ensure that it stays clear of the water.
How well this arrangement works out remains to be seen but it should be fine. All in all this is a really experimental model which will need to be field tested.
Given that, I just have to try one myself so have built the monochrome sister of Stinkles: G-Mat 42 (AKA "Big 'H'"). I've named the mat after Henry.
So then, that's two of us trying these out so lets see how they go. It'll be really interesting for me to get back to the XR corner and see how it performs with my current dimensions and I can't wait to hear Henry's thoughts.