Singapore and Beyond...

So then, Phileas has landed with Tom Way over in SE Asia. Tom lives in Indo but is on a trip and has just hooked up with our freshened up girl.


Here’s what he has to say:

"Hello all. Except for a couple of misadventures with a Redback mat around 15 years ago (it melted in the indo sun after my first couple days and all seams came unstuck) I'm not an experienced mat rider. But I'm honoured to be the custodian of Phileas for the next few months and hopefully will get her into some worthy lineups. For the next couple of weeks however, we are landlocked in Singapore so I've taken the opportunity to put in some Kms in the pool and get some paddle fitness (a good enough reason to have a mat in the quiver, I reckon: pool friendly

Some rookie observations on paddling: wide nose = rash inside arms (must wear rash vest). Arm paddle speed is surprisingly fast. I imagined long paddles might be hard, but not so. Wind: how does this affect paddling? A lot I suspect. Decreasing air = less buoyancy, in tail primarily, and especially in the rear corners. Eventually it became quite unstable but wondering if this aids turning? Grip is super sticky, but with decreased air I still found myself slipping backward every few hundred yards as tail sank. Flippers: my legs are buggered so I can only wear short swim fins. I'm wondering how much this will affect the ride and paddle.

Need to get on the forums now and get reading! Thanks G for the trust on this. Next update from the beach."

Here are a few tips fella:

Looking forward to hearing about Phileas’ journey into Tom’s world and Tom’s journey into mat surfing.

Welcome off-board Tom!



A Little TLC

Phileas recently made a pitstop back at G-Mat Towers following her stint with Ian Wraith. Ian thought she needed a service and he was right! 


The grip was a state. As I think I've mentioned before, Phileas has been waxed by someone and then someone else has bravely attempted to top up the grip which led to a strange sticky goo! The only solution there was to get off what I could and plaster a thick layer of sealant over the top.  She also had 3 pinholes with one being quite leaky. They're all fixed now with Stormsure.

She's a tired old girl. Grip is really top heavy as I've had to lay it thick. Still going though! ❤️❤️❤️

Phileas is heading off now to stay a for a couple of months with Tom Way in South East Asia. Tom has no end of off-the-beaten-track spots in his little black book so it's gonna be great to see what he gets! 



A Quick Trip to Japan... Again!

As we roll into the arbitrary boundary between 2018 and ‘19 it is nice to catch up with our girl. Phileas has gone back to Japan for a flying visit with Ian Wraith at the tail end of the monsoon.

Ian says they have had some fun, and did consider a trip to some outer Islands but, as readers may recall, Phileas has had some grip issues in the past where it looks like wax has been applied and then a top up of PU sealant over the top has led to some gooey goings on. Well… it seems we’re back down to that layer so she will be briefly coming to G-Mat Towers for some TLC before heading to Indo.

Anyway, enjoy the video. Thanks to Ian and Kana for hosting.




Phileas in Denmark (Oz)... And then a U-Turn!

So, Phileas has had a long ol’ stint in Australia, finishing up with Robin Thomson over in Denmark. Robin sent the following words:

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything at all about surfmats and riding them because, to be

honest, it has been a long time since I was last on one. I have been revisiting the boogie

board and riding stand up experience mostly in the last couple of years.

But…as most of you would already know…….Phileas finally made it to where I live in

Denmark way, way down on the south coast of Western Australia a couple of weeks ago.


Phileas is certainly a quality piece of kit. Reminds me very much of the 200/70 Dale

Solomonson I used to own but maybe even a little more sturdy which is probably down to

the large areas of grip as well from the quality of material used.

Phileas is far bigger and heavier mat than my usual go to mats, a Krypt MT5 and 4GF

Standard. I am a bit of a less is more man. I remember giving up on the 4GF UDT, a monster of a mat, and giving it a way as a prize in a competition I ran a few years ago.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how I go wrestling with Phileas.

First session

Phileas and I finally managed to become acquainted this week when in desperation, the

opportunity to surf having been very limited of late, I got a session round the bay in a lumpy

little onshore.

So I trudged nearly kilometre around the bay sat down and blew Phileas up to a 90 degree

level of inflation for starters. I was surprised how quickly that occurred as Phileas is a big


I did actually feel pretty comfortable on Phileas as soon as I hit the water paddling

effortlessly out to the the sparsely populated line up. She certainly helps here. There is

possibly a little more grip on Phileas than I normally like as I was not able to adjust position

on it as easily as usual, but it was certainly manageable. The waves were not that flash I

have to say but they were, at least, sitting up enough for a mat and although I never got out

first or second gear I was impressed with the performance on reforms.

I like the valve on G-mats. Especially being able to loosen the bottom section to accurately

release air. I did find screwing on the top of the valve fiddly as you have to get it on squarely

which can be problematic whilst bobbing around out there. But once you get it screwed

down properly, it appears to be very secure. No likelihood of an unexpected 4GF deflation

episode then! So I came away from that first session having quite enjoyed being on a mat again after so long and looking forward to how Phileas performs on a better wave.


Second session

Got another session on Philleas round the bay in the same spot but a cleaner side shore

and more crowded. Really only got on to one reasonable wave and had to get out of that as

I dropped in on an acquaintance visiting from a neighbouring town. That’s alright then eh!

Got a couple of others but was getting caught up behind the face of the wave as they were

breaking pretty quick and Phileas is a bit more of a handful that I am used to.

So still didn’t really find out what Phileas can do as the waves weren’t that flash for a mat

and I would have to spend a lot more time back on a mat to regain the skills I use to have.

But, very strangely, considering how much fun I use to have riding one for quite a number

of years, I don’t really have any great desire to do so but will always maintain a surf mat or

two in my quiver just in case I do feel like a session on one.

Thanks to G for sending one of his beautifully made mats over here but now Phileas moves

on to Ian Wraith in Japan. Unfortunately Phileas arrived in a particularly bad off season for

surfing here, Autumn and Winter being a better time, so I hope Ian gets a more of an

opportunity to find some good waves than what I did.”

Thanks to Robin for taking care of our girl. The final Oz video will be along Dreckly (that’s Cornish for whenever I get on it… We have good waves right now!).

She heads back to Japan to catch the tail end of the Cyclones with Ian Wraith.