These are pictures of me on a mat. The fact is, I have only seen two or three pictures of mat riding that I feel represent the experience even moderately. Most mat riding pictures are rather...unsatisfying.
It provides such disequilibrium for me. When I ride a mat I feel dynamically connected to a wave. Connected to the texture of the wave with only air as my medium. I feel like I could plane from power pocket to power pocket. I don't feel like a potato shaped lump sliding along a wave. I don't feel like a glorified rubber ducky. But that is what I look like.
Like I said, disequilibrium. I suppose if we all did things only for appearances' sake it would be a sad, monolithic world. Oh wait, it almost is.
Maybe bodysurfing would look cooler...