Mat: surfing for 25 years and shaping for 7, always been keen on shaped and repairs and various shapes and models from all shapers
SB: Where is you favourite local spot to surf?
Mat: My factory is 200m from the break called "pipe" in strand/ cape town.
SB: What is your favourite MAT model to surf? What is the most popular selling board?
Mat: The Hipkabab model, wider plan shape for 1 to 5 ft everyday kind of waves, I call it the bread and butter board, out of my 1000 handshaped I've done about 500 of them and every one is complimenting this model, ive had high profiled surfers riding them and raving about them.
SB: What do you think about CNC machines and new technologies of board building?
Mat: I think it's awesome, I believe in techno designs but for me and my business it's all about handcrafted/ handshapes, I do about 60 boards by hand each month and I love what I'm doing, from copying good boards and old boards to dialing in good surfers boards by hand keeps ky eye in and sharp, Cnc is awesome if you do huge volumes but my personal preference is handshapes.
SB: Do you have any influences in the shaping world?
Mat: There are a few, the late Errol Hickman, Thys Rebel my friend, Matt Kazuma Surfboards to name a few, basically all great handshapers that had evolved to cnc yet passionate about a handshaped product
SB: Your DJ Fly Grovel board looks like a lot of fun, how much would one cost me and how long would it take to get one built?
Mat: DJ fly is a top seller and would take about 3 weeks to complete, R3500 to build ($250 us )
SB: Do you ship to Europe, the States and Australia?
Mat: All the time. To ship a board to any off those countries depends on the size of the order, let's say 20 boards for shops would work out an extra 1600 rand. (100pounds etc) To ship one board would probably be around 2200 rand. (135 pounds), Those are freight prices only.
SB: Who do you think is the greatest surfer of all time
Mat: Parko is the best surfer because off his smooth style yet powerful surfing, he ticks all the boxes speed power and flow and for me that's what I'm going for when shaping a board for someone; For them to perform critical maneuvers with style in the pocket going as fast as possible without getting stuck on bottom or top turns.
SB: It's a no brainer really, MAT shapes and surfs very well indeed, he uses quality materials so that the finished product has a reliable quality about it and he knows how to build you the best surfboard you have ever owned. Why not take advantage of an awesome price, be you a shop or punter both. We are itching to have a blast on that Hipkabab model, infact there is one for sale on Surf Bunker right now.
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