RIP Scott Reeder

This post is hard to write.

I woke this morning to an email from Scott Reeder's wife, Pam, saying that Scott has passed away.  For those who were unaware, Scott had been living with a rare  form of cancer since 2012. He never let that get in the way of living his life though, carrying on mat and stand-up surfing, snowboarding and spreading his infectious joy for life to everyone he touched.

I first got to know Scott when I worked with him and Ken McKnight on his HERE & NOW INTERVIEW for UK Mat Surfers.  Anyone who has read that has been blown away by it, and anyone who hasn't read it should. We obviously spent a lot of time talking about mats and I was honoured to build Scott a Ute named "Wiggleworm" last year. We spent well over an hour talking on the phone about all sorts and I was struck then by Scott's energy and joy. He regularly gave me feedback and clips via email, in amongst just talking shit.  Scott's sense of humour was a good match for mine, and I enjoyed many long email conversations with Scott putting the world to rights (and wrongs). People who have been following the Phileas Project will remember how much work Scott and Pam put in to Phileas' stay in San Diego and the comedy of it all. You can see all that HERE.

Recently, Scott was readmitted to hospital to undergo surgery and unfortunately passed away after a period in ITU. Scott sent me an email just before going into hospital with a couple of clips entitled "Small Wave Hellman". He said:

I surfed Wiggleworm a bunch during the leadup to surgery. The last day, Sunday, was sublime. Probably snagged 40 glassy little racers. These clips are not from that day. I’ve been having a blast lately trying to build speed through the cutbacks. Surf mats are the best. Goodwill to all matkind! OK, gotta rest for the big day tomorrow. Cheers.

And that sums Scott up for me. He never stopped living and he never stopped loving. My thoughts and heart-felt wishes go out to to Pam, Maz and all of Scott's family and friends.

I will say Rest in Peace but I seriously doubt that Scott will rest at all in whichever form of heaven he finds himself.  He'll be dragging everyone down to ride the next cosmic swell with a smile on his face and I'm sure he will check in on the rest of us from time to time just to make sure that we're not taking ourselves too seriously.

3 cheers to you Festus Porkmeyer, and thanks for the inspiration.


Wiggleworm. The bungee that never was...

G-Mat 64 (AKA "Wiggleworm")

I'm immensely proud to be able to say that I have just finished building a Ute for the genuinely heroic Scott Reeder. For more on why I say heroic, have a read of Scott's interview with UKMS.

 So then, on to the mat. Scott was pretty clear on what he wanted: a black decked, green bottomed 200/70 Ute. He also wanted a bungee at the nose.

All went well with the build and my new forest green 70 denier material is great, but I've recently re-stocked on stainless steel eyelets which are, inexplicably, razor sharp around the edges once fitted making them unusable for the leash fitting as they'll just push through the edge-lap and come out! Who the hell designed that!?

The first mat built with the new 70d taffeta

Anyway, I'm sure Scott will enjoy his decorative eyelet whilst terrorizing the San Diegan lineups on his new leash-free ride.  (If anyone knows of a good European based stockist who can supply sensible stainless steel eyelets than I'd be very excited to hear from you).

So, back to the bits that work, Scott's new mat has a mellow elastic rocker to help to project the mat off the bottom. The clue to this feature is in the name, using the elasticity of the bottom skin to create rocker at high inflation. This means that a slight rocker comes in to play when squeezing the rails on hard turns, but then springs back to being flat again on lower inflation to maximise speed on a flat plane.

Anyhoo, Scott has named her "Wiggleworm" which he tells me is because he likes the way G-Mats "wiggle" and also in homage to his wonderful wife Pam who he affectionately calls "Worm". 

Have fun Scott!



Elastic rocker comes into effect at high inflation