4th Gear flyer love....

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by high pockets, May 10, 2017.

  1. high pockets

    high pockets Member

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    What can I say that already hasnt been said?
    PG is a genius and EVERYBODY should ride a surf mat? The world would be a better place if we all rode mats :)
    We took a chance of a 1.5ft swell at 8 seconds over the weekend.... and had the time of our lives :)

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    If you have even given getting a surf mat the slightest thought, GO! DO IT NOW!!!
    Last night, I went and surfed my local, at high tide on a two ft swell. It felt wrong even driving down there on such a forecast but I spent and hour and a half pulling into sandy shore dumpy close outs laughing myself senseless.
     
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  2. Salinity

    Salinity Active Member

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    Got a 4th gear standard (used) about a month ago and been eagerly anticipating trying it out (fins don't fit with my 7mm booties) and this has re-kindled the fire! I don't think I have the proper fins (or a proper kick conditioning yet), but I'm psyched to give it a go. I do find it hard to swap out a surfboard if conditions look at least somewhat surfable, but I think I'll get over that eventually.
     
  3. RePete

    RePete New Member

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    Two weeks ago I got a tracker to replace one that was ganked off the beach with my fins a couple of years back. I plan to take her to Ireland with me next week so I can jump in if I see waves. I've been riding it hard the past few days, taking advantage of the high tide shorebreak nearby. Super fun, but I find I need the waves to have some juice (months of inactivity doesn't help). Do you take off with the mat that far out in front of you? I ride mine at about 40-60% inflation, and have just been squeezing it to plane into waves, and releasing on the drop. Am I missing something?
     
  4. Stringer

    Stringer Active Member

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  5. RePete

    RePete New Member

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    this is the position I shoot for, but I was wondering if extending it forward would goose my wave count on slow days. Not sure how to mount up once on the wave, tho
     
  6. Stringer

    Stringer Active Member

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    In slower surf I sit a little further in and as the wave lifts me I grab the corners of the nose and push down while kicking in. Once I'm moving I straighten out, dip a fin and move along. Some people refer to this as creating reverse rocker.
     
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  7. matsurfer

    matsurfer Active Member

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    I rest my case. I get all of my mats from Paul. They're perfection.
     
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  8. RePete

    RePete New Member

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    One more thing to try! Mat's are awesome. Do you inflate the mat more in slower waves?
     
  9. nedsurf

    nedsurf Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I find it a little easier to get into soft waves with more air, but inflation level is still soft, more than 90 degree bend always. If you're close to O-side come up and let's mat.
     
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  10. RePete

    RePete New Member

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    I am, and will do. I'll be back from Ireland mid august.
     

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