The foundation of Mc Surfmats was to explore ideas in close collaboration with each rider – the conversation taking in details about the waves they surfed and how. This would inform the design details and the materials used. The result was the creation of a unique, personally customised surf craft that not only feels alive but a living part of you.
A personally customised surfmat will change the way you think about riding waves – designed look good, built to last and go fast! For us this is what it was all about.
Mc Surfmats has rebranded as Warpmats where they are still handmade and personally customised; read more about this below and how to order a new surfmat…
Matt Fedden – Surfmat Designer & Maker
Matt was six when he made his first boat out of a beehive box and sailed it across Titley pond. He’s been making, mending and generally fooling around with hulls, boards and mats ever since. Matt started Mc Surfmats and continues to evolve his designs at Warpmats.
“In college I studied bats and farming and followed this up by working for several years in West Africa and the Caribbean. When I returned to the UK I worked as a blacksmith and have done for the past 25 years. I’ve been keeping my hands busy designing and making work since.”
“I got into surfing on the river Severn 20 years ago. However, it was the surf mats that really started the obsession with really having fun in the surf. My riding started with a Redback, which soon gave way to a Paul Gross Fourth Gear Flyer. I made my first surfmat in 2013. Since then I’ve been building, testing and refining the surfmats, along with the tools and the techniques I use to bring them to life. It has become an all-encompassing passion.”
Ian Jermyn – Design Collaborator, Website & Social Media Wrangler
After being completely humbled on his first surfmatting session on a west coast Irish slab, he knew they had ruined his life. Ian also draws and prints things as Organic Devolution. He collaborated with Matt on the creative design and testing of Mc Surfmats and continues to do with Warpmats.
“I bought my first surfmats while living on the west coast of Ireland. On the mats I was continually bewildered with what they we capable of taking on. Tiny through to terrifying, a surfmat soon seemed like the most sensible (or most ludicrous) choice.”
“Collaborating with Matt and the handmade process of building the surfmats has been a privilege. We started talking more and more back and forth about the designs and I began testing out these ideas on the consistent breaks near home (Ireland). It’s been a lot of fun.”
Mc Surfmats are now Warpmats
Rebranding Mc to Warpmats marks the collaborative intent of Matt and Ian to evolve modern surfmat design. They’re both adamant that this evolution comes through the involvement of each rider in the design process – the conversation. The new surfmats are beautiful, strong, super-lightweight and really fun.
Every Warpmats surfmat is handmade by Matt Fedden in his workshop in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Ian also contributes with the creation of unique acid dyed decks and experimental grip patterns. Ian also looks after a lot of the online end of things. He’s usually a first person to get back to you on Facebook and Instagram.
The process begins with a chat to the man who will build your surfmat from start to finish. If you’re ready to build or would like to know more get in contact.