I recently stumbled across a pretty weird and (possibly) wonderful phenomenon ... 'Mat Surfing' Now, if I've understood this correctly, you ride prone on an inflatable mat (bit like a smallish reinforced lilo) with no leash and depending on preference, either bodyboard fins or divers flippers. I'm confused .... Don't get me wrong, this sounds like it could be fun on a clean smallish day in the middle of summer, but I can't get my head around how you don't lose the board (umm mat, rug, whatever) on anything remotely large or choppy. I honestly canâ€™t count the times my leash has saved me from being boardless, probably at least once a sesh. My first thought was that these mats must be cheap as chips so, environmental issues aside, no huge bother if you lose one. But with a bit more googlage I found that theyâ€™re in the same price range as sponge?! More bizarre still is that apparently the traditional wave riding etiquette of â€˜don't drop inâ€™ isn't recognised by the mat riders, who supposedly try to ride waves in large groups like some deranged inflatable convoy! Sounds like a formidable sight Again, this sounds well fun but if thereâ€™s anyone other than mat riders or swimmers in the water, I'm pretty sure youâ€™re gonna get dinged by some wayward stick. I may well be in the minority of never having heard of this water sport, so my spongy brethren, anyone witnessed or maybe even tried (and survived) this peculiar past time? I gotta know, what's it like??