Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Krypt Grip UpdateAfter one of the most amazing runs of surf in the history of the planet the Captain is final back on deck.
WELL ...the surf had to drop sooner or later.!!!!! and the Captain never misses out.
So heres the latest Krypt Grip update.
The MT5 is the lightest surfmat available so to maintain that super sensitivity to the oceans energy care should be taken when applying your grip.
Here a great example from our mate in the USA ....Ara Peterson.
The diagonal pattern maintains the flexibility of the mat with minimal weight gain.
Heres what he had to say.
I've been getting in some good time on that fresh mt5 I can confirm the grip job is working very well. I ended up using a 3m fast cure marine adhesive sealant. Still able to slide it under me forward or backward for stalling or early take offs and has excellent all around grip and its holding up so far. The design allows the nylon material to flex and move naturally and is light weight.
Great Job Ara!
Also notice in this shot is Are,s VDUCK modification to his Voit Duck Feet swim fins.
I asked him if he could tell the difference.
I'm having a hard time deciding if I can sense to much of a difference.Possibly a more even stroke when digging in deep to the water kicking off. I like the flat ruler cut because it's more aesthetically functional, allows me to stand them up on the bumper of the the astro van!
Well I,ll leave you all to make your own mind up on that.
For me their fine just the way they are.
So me salty sea dogs and me marvelous mermaids, Equinox is just around the corner and if the doldrums continue you might hear a bit more from the Captain but it is cyclone season so the Captain could disappear at any time on another adventure .
Monday, 12 October 2015
Krypt Surf Technology Master Class with Surf Mat Master Mark Thomson
This short and simple lesson shows how to increase the grip around your hips whilst still allowing you to slide up onto the mat.
Contrary to what others have had to say about this process being expensive, messy and difficult, this lesson shows that you can customize the non skid on your mat quickly and cleanly and using your own personal design if you want to.
Stuff You Will Need
One Ice cream Bucket
Small plastic container
One roll of masking tape
Vulkem 116 or other Sticker Flex or Marine Urethane Sealants
Wash your mat with fresh water and allow too dry.
Inflate your mat to maximum pressure.
Clean the deck surface with Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylated Spirits or if available I use Toluene.
Toluene is nasty so wear gloves and use in a ventilated area.
Allow to dry.
You can now apply masking tape to the mat in the design of your choice.
Keep it simple like this lesson or be creative and inventive
If you have an artistic streak you can use cardboard to make a stencil and apply double sided tape to the stencil.
Repeat the process and add more Vulkem.
Allow to dry for 24 hours before surfing.
With the MT5 surf mat weighing only 500gms, the designs we have chosen to use are strategically placed and add as little weight as possible whilst still providing ample grip.
For this lesson a few friends brought along their mats and attended the Master Class also.
My Series 3 mat is over a year old now and pretty thrashed so I needed more grip through the middle.
The others non skid is still in good condition and they only needed the hip grip so we made a short strip design on the rails to provide more grip allowing greater confidence in larger surf and bottom turns.
We also did one using a basic circular stencil.
Well now you know how to do it, have a bit of fun and give it go.
My old mate Waka couldn,t wait to give it a go!!!!
Being a master in floor coatings he came up with this awesome epoxy urethane sealant.
Heres a few fine examples of Wakas handy work.
The lads are stoked on their new custom Krypts
Good on ya Waka!!!!
As you can see anything is possible and its only limited by your imagination.
So give it a go and we look forward to seeing your new grip designs in the water.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Small Mats and Rocker!
by Robin Thomson
The Captain has generously taken the time to take images and provide informative material in relation to the smaller mats he designed and the role of rocker in surf mats. The first pic shows the MT2 and MT3 he had made by Dale Solomonson to his very specific instructions. It also shows the 15 4GF surf mats that MT has demolished over many years as he evolved his own ideas on surf mat design. I think I wouldn't mind living where MT does too, as the view is pretty spectacular.
The prototype MT5 went back to a flat rocker before the production MT5 design was settled and included a further tweaked concave and reintroduced the rocker.
The MT5 was the break through design that found the perfect aspect ratio of a mat that was 2 inches shorter than those original 4GFs and 20" wide for the most efficient planing surface. You will also have noted that the MT5 has very square rear corners. This design is the best for fast speed runs and carving turns as it releases the laminar flow for the least amount of drag. On that note, he states that the MT5 is designed very specifically to suit his style of riding and the conditions that he generally rides in and that it may not suit everyone. But I have found that, like board riding, experiencing a range of mat types can only add to your mat riding knowledge and skill set.
The Bernoulli formula of ( L=CL P/2 SV2) states:
As the (V) Velocity of the fluid increases, (P) Pressure of the fluid decreases, therefore creating (L) Lift and is the fundamental principle of all aviation..
Rocker is based on this principle in that it amplifies the fluid and creates lift by decreasing the pressure of that fluid. In the pic you can see MT flexing up the rocker so as he can attack the lip. I guess if a subtle curve already exists in the bottom of the mat then it is only going to enhance being able to carry out a move like this. To my question as to when rocker is at it's most effective MT replied "It"s always working to lift you up and out of the water to get planing and up to speed!"
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Surfmat for Kids II
The Captain never ceases to be amazed watching my guys learn to surf on a high tech surfmat. It instills in the young ones a true love for the ocean and surfing. Learning to surf with no leash teaches them to trust in their own ability and gives them a confidence in themselves to get out the back and search out and find their own waves in the line up.
There's no hurry learning to surf. Just let them discover surfing themselves and develop their skills at their own pace. Make it FUN.
Here my 6 year old grandson Jake lights up a green water hyper burn to set up the inside section. Surf Mats harness the hidden vortex energy with in the wave and are sucked along at speed effortlessly. Jake says it tickles his belly yeah it does and the faster you go the more it tickles.
In this video shot on the Winter Solstice in 2014, Jake gives a look at how relaxed and confident he is getting in his surfing. He shows us how much fun and joyful the simple act of sliding across a wave on a surfmat can be. Exposing them to natures energy and beauty are memories they will carry with them forever.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Equinox Special Edition
A Surfmat Tube Riding Masterclass with the Captain
Here are a few tips for riding deep tubes on a surf mat that I have learned over the years.
Riding good tubes and making it on a surf mat is one of the most difficult and satisfying things to do in the surfing world.
Inflation is critical! Too hard and the mat will get sucked up and over the falls. Too soft and the mat tends to slide to the bottom of the wave and you get a flogging from the lip! Everything has to be just right. Your inflation, your body position on the mat, your reflexes.....everything!
Taking off is a high speed flutter kick and hurry hurry hurry quick quick quick step on the gas and kick kick kick. Drive straight down the wave into the bowl and hit a hard bottom turn. I find this set up turn gives me the whip and acceleration I need to project down the line.
I like to hit the section from behind accelerating from the bottom turn to get into the tube deep behind the curtain.
Stalling to get into the tube and slowing a surf mat down can be a challenge as mats are so incredibly fast and you can break from that perfect line you need to hold the rail in the tube. Some people complain that my surfmats are slippery but you need that combination of grip and slip to be able to slide off the back of the mat to slow it down to wave speed and then pull yourself back up to throw your weight forward to accelerate back out.
As soon as I park it inside, I find the best results come from setting the outside rail!
This allows the water to drain around and under the mat and the surfmat will intuitively hold the perfect line.
To achieve this perfect line as soon as I get the inner vision I throw my inside arm back and release my inside rail, put my head down and fire all my energy at the escape route.
Left arm holding and setting the outside rail and again letting go of the mat in a critical tube is not exactly a natural thing to do but you have to trust the mat knows where to go and you have done all you can do..
Next comes something super difficult and counter intuitive to do....The Check Turn
Being deep inside a deep tube at warp drive is amazing but your mind can freeze.The micro second you feel the mat track too far up the face you need to alter course instantly back down the face towards the lip....then rip on the corner and reset the perfect fall line trim position.
This the part where time stands still. Being deep behind the curtain enveloped in a whirlwind of electromagnetic vortex energy is one of life's ultimate spiritual experiences.
This is the worm hole where the time space continuum gets bent to your will. Every atom in your body is activated. I believe you can and do control the wave and what is happening around you at this critical moment... if your mind can remain relaxed and focus all that energy.
Getting out of the tube is a matter of experience and being comfortable with your surfmat and your ability to make changes and corrections to your flight path at the speed of light as the barrel unwinds itself.
Nothing feels better than to successfully navigate the sacred path and get shot out of the barrel at warp drive knowing you just banked a drainer.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
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