M*A*T Surfboards Europe
Lode and Karel, two Dutch surfers, met Jacques Marais, A.K.A. "Mat", in Cape Town, South Africa. "Mat" is a local hero, and one of the most respected South African shapers, having shaped thousands of boards since 1993. From the first board they bought they were immediately sold. The quality of the boards, the shaping skills and the personal and friendly approach of Mat, as well as the nice local factory he was working in. Everything was exactly right. During a drive back from the beach they decided all European surfers should be able to get one of his boards easily!