Let's get simple
Photo courtesy of Daly Bread.
It has come to my attention that everyone I know is broke.
Of course the people I come in contact with the most are unemployed and or retired surfers at the local beaches.
But assuming that you have a mat but are still interested in other surfcraft, how about these relitively cheap options.
Alaia - I road Clay Fin's a few weeks ago. An amazing amount of fun!
Here is Cyrus Sutton at Cardiff Reef
Take a board off the side of the house shape in some belly and rails and give it a go!
Hand Plane - another fun way to spend some time and increase your knowledge of the advanced hydrodynamics that make up our surf craft.
Check out this video over at Shakas and Singlefins
Single fins - Not to take anything away from two, three, four and five fin surfboards. No wait a minute that's exactly what I'm saying! But shape your own clean line single fin, glass it in the garage and surf it!
Extra points if you include a hand drawn pen and ink decal!
(PS - your wife / husband will hate you after this. The process leaves a huge mess in the garage! But well worth the experience)
Body Surf - Or should I say body surf more? If you ride a mat you probably body surf quite a bit already. Trade fins with your buddies and compare and contrast!
Just a few things to keep your mind and body nimble between mat sessions.