probably not what you’re thinking …
I’m mainly directing this question to the “shorter term” mat riders [ie: people who have just started riding surf mats in the last few months / years [?] , after many many years of riding surfboards. ]
Do you get strong shoulder and neck pain , after a few go outs on your mat ?
do you sit on your mat between waves , to get a higher up view of approaching waves ?
how wide are your mat/s , compared to your boards ?
I ask , because I am off work for at least three days [probably more] with intense shoulder , neck , and chest pain at present.
[Having never had one ] at one stage last night I wondered if I was perhaps having a heart attack , the pain in the chest area was so severe . I couldn’t breath properly .
After an E.C.G. this morning at the docco’s , and a blood pressure test , he [thankfully!] informed me it wasn’t heart , but rather chest , pain .
so , back to mat riding …
my mat is 30" wide , and nearly 6" thick , inflated . It is 53 1/2" long [4’ 5 1/2"]
my fingertip to armpit measurement is 27"
Ian [‘sandgroper’] made the interesting comment / observation that on a mat , I seem to be paddling from the elbows down . [makes sense to me , as the rest of my arm is covered by the mat !]
By comparison …
on , for instance , my widest surfboard [the ‘bushfire fish’] , at the area where my arm is in the water , the width of the board there is 17" [and that’s my widest board !] , and the rail [a blocky one , my others are THINNER !] is only just 2" thick . The bushfire fish is 5’8" long [68" , ie: 14 1/2" longer than my mat]
the pain in my chest is still severe as I type this . [yes I am now on painkillers]
I don’t want to do further damage , IF this is mat-related .
Has anyone here experienced a similar scenario, riding their mats ?
[it should be noted …this was riding the Redback ‘Bali model’ mat , which is the same width throughout its whole length . ]
I suppose , short of riding a much narrower [? and longer?] mat for a few weeks , it is a hard thing to pinpoint precisely what has caused this excruciating pain . ‘Cleanlines’ and ‘Dale’ , I now have new found empathy for you both …I pray for a complete pain-free recovery to you , and no relapses .
I would be interested to hear people's feedback on this whole issue ['mats and pain'], if there have been others experiencing similar problems with their bodies , after switching to mats .
Of course , I’m also aware that long-term damage [already done through years of surfing]
… for example …compacted vertebrae, hyperextending the neck , C5 / C6 damage , L5 / S1 damage …all could be exacerbated by the wider mat , ? the shorter length, the extra buoyancy , things such as that …
if possible , and if it’s not too much trouble …can you please include dimensions of the mats that YOU are all riding [width [at paddling area?] , length, inflated thickness ] , as well as your armpit to fingertip measurement , as a common ground thing ? cheers , that would be MOST appreciated ! Your age and fitness level [?previous injuries?] might also be useful …