I am constantly working on new surfmat designs and have been lucky to have shared ideas with great surfmat builders. To date, I have developed the models below. When I say models, I am talking about essential design characteristics. These are the basics of a custom surfmat. Your bespoke custom surf mat will we individually designed and completely tailored to you.

Like all surfcraft, different dimensions and materials make a huge difference to performance so it's worth taking your time to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each model. Keep in mind that there is a good deal of overlap between surfmat models (see the slide guide at the bottom of the page) and one of the advantages of custom mats is that we can mix characteristics to suit your needs so please feel free to get in touch to chat things over.

All-Rounders

G-MAT UTE

The Ute is the perfect utility mat enjoying an extremely wide range of conditions. This surfmat has a very subtle rail hook and less concave compared to the Rubber Bucky and Ubercat. The deck is flattened giving it a fuller, flatter, traditional mat feel and allowing a slick profile whilst maintaining volume. Elastic rocker is built in as standard, and offers a subtle curve to help with hard bottom turns and cutbacks with the inflation increased, but reverts to a flat rocker as inflation is released. Can be built with flat rocker if preferred.

The Ute offers a lot of down-the-line drive and holds in really well, favouring drawn out, arcing turns and sharper manouveres off the rail and performs very well in bigger surf. That said, the Ute will get through flat spots without any trouble, loving super low inflation riding. 

In short, the Ute is possibly the perfect mat for the one-mat-quiver. 

As with all G-Mats, the Ute is built as a free-breather (well vented to allow air movement) as standard.

200/70 configuration (200 denier deck and 70 denier bottom skin). 

G-MAT RUBBER BUCKY

Apart from having possibly the funnest name to say out loud of all the G-Mat range (I bet you just tried it too) the free-breathing Rubber Bucky is a contender for the Ute’s all-rounder crown. Developed in partnership with Santa Barbara mat-meister, Andrew Stephen Buck, this mat emphasises traditional high speed mat surfing, quickly finding a plane and favouring controlled drifts and subtle rail control, whilst still holding well enough on steep walls to get your fins out of the water and let loose.

Elastic rocker is built in as standard, and offers a subtle curve to help with hard bottom turns and cutbacks with the inflation increased, but reverts to a flat rocker as inflation is released. Can be built with flat rocker if preferred.

This three pontoon mat has slightly more volume and is a smidgen longer than the Ute giving a fuller feel. The I-beam positioning draws heavily from the Ubercat giving a deep concave and pronounced rail hook. The overall feel is very different though with a greater width to length ratio and slightly enhanced bottom contours.

Slightly rounder parabolic corners fore and aft work together with the bottom contours to give a clean progressive curve to aid hold. 

200/70 Configuration is recommended given the extra volume, but Can be built as 70/70 for those seeking the extra sensitivity. 

G-MAT CHINO RACER

The 4 pontoon Chino Racer is an all-round very good mat. With a wide concave giving plenty of lift and hooked outer pontoons, the Chino Racer offers a solid and predictable glide. Originally designed with bigger waves in mind (a role ultimately filled by the Nouveau Racer), it is not surprising that the Chino Racer is an all-rounder, but with an eye more towards waves with some shape, holding a nice line in critical sections and on open faces.

That said, the reason the Chino Racer has shifted in to the all-rounder category is that the long-term feedback from riders was that they were constantly surprised how low the bottom end is. The mat has a flat and stable deck and a lower I-beam height than a 3 pontoon mat of similar length and beam. This reduces the overall volume making it easier to get under waves. 

200/70 configuration (200 denier deck and 70 denier bottom skin). 

Specialist Models

G-MAT Nouveau RACER

The 4 pontoon Chino Racer is the “gun” of the G-Mat range, being the choice for waves overhead and bigger, or heavier and hollow smaller surf. Tested in solid conditions, the feedback has universally been that this mat needs a decent wave to get going but when it does, it is really quick from the off, giving a very assured and predictable hold. Warren Pfeiffer has described this model as “feeling like it is locked on rails”.

The mat is relatively narrow and the 4 pontoon design reduces the overall volume making it easier to get under waves.  The I-Beam configuration through the middle pontoons features 2 lower I-beams with a slightly taller central I-Beam giving a concave through the bottom and increased stability through the centre line.

200/70 configuration (200 denier deck and 70 denier bottom skin). 

G-MAT UBERCAT

As the name suggests, the bottom of the compact, flat decked, streamlined Ubercat has a deep concave and rail hook giving it a completely unique, lively, edgy, almost skeleton-bob type feel.

The pocket loving Ubercat loves steep, hollow waves, offering stacks of hold and exceptional maneuverability at speed and in critical situations.  Elastic rocker is built in as standard, and offers a subtle curve to help with hard bottom turns and cutbacks with the inflation increased, but reverts to a flat rocker as inflation is released. 

The Ubercat responds well to being ridden off the tail with the emphasis being on manoeuvrability and hold. This surf mat has a fairly narrow range then, but is the perfect mat for S-turn surfing and riding in the barrel in hollow, solid waves and peaky/wedgy conditions where other mats can be stuck out in the flats after the first bottom turn.

Medium sized parabolic corners fore and aft keep things loose and quick Well vented internal structures facilitate easy air transfer, 

200/70 Configuration. (Can be built as 70/70) 

G-MAT FLYING CARPET

The Flying Carpet is the whippet of the bunch. This mat has three pontoons with deeper stagger and an extra stabilising I-beam in the middle pontoon to flatten out the overall profile. This mat can prove to be a hard ride for less experienced mat surfers, being slippy, 'glidy' and loose, But all of this means that the Flying Carpet epitomises the essence of Magic Towel  surfing. The Flying Carpet is built with a flat rocker.

The Flying Carpet has a hooked rail and slight concave, top and bottom. Very sharp, practically square corners at the tail minimise hold letting the mat break free and fly.. Slightly rounder, faded front corners help to prevent the outer front corner from catching. 

free-Breathing air transfer allows the mat to change shape rapidly, thus increasing speed, responsiveness and sensitivity. 

Best as 70/70 only to maximise pliability. 

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