The SMTH – Maytrix in action

SMTH – Maytrix

5’10” x 18 5/8” x 2 1/4” 26.56 L

Shaped By Graham and Jordy Smith

It’s a moderate entry rocker designed for a quicker glide in day-to-day surf. The outline of the Maytrix has a slightly wider nose to help with easier paddling into waves. The wider nose gives more area to land on when doing airs, and the wider tail breaks into a hip in front of the fins to bring the tail in for control. The Matrix was developed when Jordy messed around in the shaping bay while at home. We cut a few boards and tweaked measurements and design details almost every surf. Jordy wanted a fast and responsive board for performance surfing to use through his European leg. Over this period, he then consistently provided feedback to adjust and fine-tune the model whilst he was surfing on tour. He needed a fast and responsive board that he could scale down to fit in the smaller conditions and compliment his quiver. Matt McGillivray from J-Bay qualified for the WCT surfing this model. We worked on his Maytrix, and he gave us vital feedback—from when he surfed perfect Super Tubes walls—to create a better balance in volume for the average-weight surfer as well as keeping up with pro-surfing performance demands.

Tested By Louie Hynd and Kirra-Belle Olsson

I know Graham and Jordy have been working on this model for quite some time and have really put in the hours to produce a great board. Most of the aspects are what you’d find on most performance shortboards, but what I noticed different about this board was it’s quite a deep single concave into a slight double. This made it quick and with the wide tail, it was very loose off the top ... with good release for fin blows and airs.

This board went really well on Occy’s Peak, especially going left on my forehand. It has a fairly wide square tail, which had really good release during snaps. I found this board easy to manoeuvre and quick off the mark, and it held its speed throughout the wave. It’s a great board—no doubt. This will be great in two- to five-foot punchy beach breaks.

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