Say hello to "Gino the Chino"! She is the first in a bit of a run of 4 pontoon mats and has just set sail from G-Mat Towers to hook up with Graham Gidden on Vancouver Island.
You might remember Graham from HIS TIME WITH PHILEAS. Graham was the perfect host.
So, moving on to the mat, Gino the Chino is, as you may have guessed, a Chino Racer. He is built with a 200/70 construction, is a complete free-breather and has a free elastic rocker so has a mind to find a line and to commit, giving Graham a secure and dependable ride in those solid, Northern Pacific conditions.
Graham fancied a bit of colour with a brilliant blue bottom and blue logo. The colour of the logo is misleading in these photo's. It is much more blue than it looks. The deck grip is Puraflex 40 in a pattern of Graham's own design.
Graham has also gone for a bungee fitting to add a little piece of mind should his bear hug fail.
I'm a huge fan of cold water surfing so can't wait to hear about Gino The Chino's adventures.