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.