Matt (head product designer at Matuse wetsuits) and I talked about coming up with a design that allows for complete mobility while at the same time having enough buoyancy to help me get to the surface during life-threatening hold-downs.
This vest is not on the market because the team and I need to do some additional testing. Going to take it through some more serious beatdowns before we have adequate feedback for Matuse to make a production model.
Compression vests are not designed for surfers to throw caution to the wind and paddle into waves that we otherwise wouldn’t. We can never depend on a material good enough to save our lives and should always prepare for the worst when surfing big waves.
I don’t surf big waves unless I am confident in my health and mental state before each session.
So far the vest has worked really well. Keep you posted on the Lorica and the latest in big-wave paddle wetsuit designs from Matuse as they come to life.
Photo: John Maher in Hawaii, by Hank