El Gnaranja!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I would like to introduce you to "El Gnaranja", a G-Mat Ute built for a true giant of Californian mat surfing (in every sense of the word).

Matt Pierce is a very talented mat rider. You may be familiar with his image popping up on the site every now and then in the banners. I have a lot of time for Matt. He is a very knowledgeable, and a really good guy with an eye for hand built surf craft.

Matt rides mats at super low inflation so El Gnaranja is a free breather to make the mat super responsive. On paper, she is a small mat for Matt's 6' 7" frame, but Matt has grown up on mats that are small for him an we settled on these dims after a lot of collaborative head scratching. 

In addition to the free-breathing innards, El Gnaranja has a free elastic rocker, meaning that fore/aft elasticity is in place on both top and bottom skins. All-in-all she should be a fast mat.

The grip is Sikaflex EBT so nice and durable offering some added stability.

California seems set for some good swell this Autumn and winter so El Gnaranja should get plenty of water time. With Matt recently moving back to Orange County he should get her in the water a ton! 

Have fun Matt!


California King - A Big Mat for Big Matt

I have just built a monster. This is "California King", a G-Mat Ute for the 6' 7" wookie that is Matt Pierce, OC mat charger. California King is Matt's 3rd G-Mat and this time he's going BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG!!!!!!!!

Matt asked for this 70/70 monster to have added grip at the nose to save unwanted separation, hence the snow-capped corners. This is a very lightweight mat  which has been scaled to fit Matt's colossal dimensions.

As you might expect, Matt has largely learned his mat riding on craft which are comparative travel pillows so this will be a new experience for him, which which may require some adjustment. I know he's relishing the challenge and I know that a rider of his immense talent will do it with ease.

I'm hopeful that California King will open up new waves for Matt.

This has been a real fun build and I'm really looking forward to hearing the feedback.


California King next to an average sized mat.

Matt and his Mat

Hoth Monster

This is a mat for California's Matt Pierce named "Hoth Monster", a 200/70 Ubercat with a flat rocker. Gripped with Sikaflex. This mat is completely un restricted in terms of airflow but as the stablity of the Ubercat. The flat rocker should help to give it a wee bit more and I've done a little something to help to keep the nose in order without the need for asymmetrical corners.

G-Mat 26 (AKA "Hoth Monster")

G-Mat 26 (AKA "Hoth Monster")

Matt is something of a big hairy monster himself and has been looking for a little something to get into those tight wedges kicking around down there. Hopefully this mat will fit the bill being slightly undersized but with enough in the gut to compensate.