March 26, 2013 - Welcome to the Matador/BoneYard surfboard blog. This site is about your everyday surfer discussing boards, surfing, and anything else that comes to mind. The reason the focus is on Matador and BoneYard surfboards is because these boards just work and the guys who shape them make sure they work for you. These boards are still hand shaped in the USA with the care and attention to what works for your everyday surfer. And that is me--I am not a young, hot ripper looking for the latest 5'6" shortboard shape. I want a board that floats me, paddles easily, gets me into the wave early, and performs down the line. For every surfer that board is going to be different, but for most of us the pro-style ASP tour board is not it. Don't get me wrong, I wish I could surf like Kelly, Dane, Parko or any of the other gods of surfing. But I can't and won't--that is just a reality. Does that mean I can't have as much or more fun than those guys every time I paddle out? Nope! But it does mean that I probably need a different board.
That is where this blog comes in. This is a place to discuss the type of boards that work for us--your everyday surfer. Remember, surfing is about having fun and just enjoying the glide. For everyone that has caught a wave, you know the experience is like nothing else. It becomes part of your soul, who you are, and what you want to be. It becomes part of our identity--we are surfers, for now and for life. And that has nothing to do with how hard you hit the lip, how big of an air you pulled or how deep the barrel was. It is about a love for riding waves, no matter how you do it.
I recently got back from surfing the West coast with my right coast board--an experience I will discuss in future posts. But when I was in Huntington I snapped a couple of pics at the walk of fame. The picture above truly captured the spirit of this blog, so I leave you with the words of Mark Richards:
"Surf for fun."
-Eric, "The Professor"
Check out Eric's Blog directly: http://matadorsurfboards.blogspot.com