…Lost Surfboards 2016

We’ve been stocking ...Lost Surfboards since before we can remember.  The relationship has been nothing but awesome and the fact that these boards have been in our shop for so long goes to show the quality, sophistication and overall stoke these boards posses.  Master shaper Matt Biolos has taken some pretty amazing concepts and converted them into superior boards over the years; the domesticated series in particular has been very popular in the Santa Monica bay.  Check out some of the models we offer with descriptions from Mr. Biolos himself.


The Pocket Rocket is the culmination of Lost’s work with many WSL surfers, primarily Kolohe Andino. After a stellar start on the 2015 WQS (with a win at the Australia Open) Kolohe’s momentum had slowed by mid-season. He was ready to try some different curves under foot. I offered up examples of alternative curves we were supplying other WT surfers with success- one in particular, code-name “WLG”.

The board featured a moderate continuous rocker, with no discernible flip or break, and more curve in the center of the board (with less in the tips) than usual. For Kolohe, who was used to boards with more overall rocker, I knew we needed to maintain speed and control in tight radius turns to surf more critical in the pocket than currently, all without losing speed and drive.To do so, we really hollowed out the stringer line between his feet and into the rear third of the board, while maintaining the already healthy amount of rail rocker. This made for a deeper, almost exaggerated concave (for lift and speed) but with enough overall curve to still surf radical in the pocket. Somewhat jokingly, I scribbled “PocketRocket” on his first one. 5’11” 18.75″ 2.32″ 27.05cl. He rode it to a QF finish in the Azores WQS 10,000, then won the Cascais Pro-WQS 10,000 on it, texting me after some heat wins “PocketRocket”. Next came the QuikPro-France WCT and his heat in small Hossegor, besting King Kelly, on the same board. Staying together in France that week, we figured out this would make a great board for surfers looking for a modern HP surfboard based off feedback from competitive surfers. Kolohe has always preferred boards with built-in drive and a little extra surface area and volume, so we feel this design is not too “Pro” or extreme in any way. The deep concave and curvy rail rocker work well to provide lift and pop in even smallish, sloppy surf.The conservative overall rocker and outline lends itself to a feeling of confidence to push hard in good, powerful sections, as well. It’s fun in small snappy beach breaks and excels in chest high to 1.5x overhead.

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The EZ Up comes from Biolos’ own personal experience. Back to Fall 2012 he had been surfing The LazyBoy and Couch Potato as a one/two punch around home all summer. As the winter swells started lining up, Matt soon realized that these boards were not going to cut it. So starting with his trusty 6’0 LazyBoy he stretched it to 6’2”, pulled in the width a bit, added a little more bend through the length of the board (with some flip tip for steeps and late drops) and finally…most noticeably, a re-templated rear half of the board into a conservative, surface area reducing, rounded pin tail. The end result looks a lot like a 1970′s era double ender, and considering the nose to tail vee panels, it kind of is. With a more refined and aggressive rocker, profile and rails this board is not just a blast from the past. Many successful surfs in solid California winter waves followed. The “E-Z Up” named as a very easy way to step up into better waves, after riding boards like the Couch Potato or LazyToy as daily drivers. Interestingly, the board also works pretty damn well even in mediocre surf.

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Next in line with …Lost’s continuing collaboration with Taj Burrow, is the aptly name “Tube Pig”. This one came about in 2014, when building a quiver for Taj to ride at home, in WA. A handful of boards were made specifically built to withstand beatings from, and perform on, the battering wind-buffed barrels of his beloved beach breaks and radical reefs. Not concerned so much with contests, ultra-light weights, or whipping airs and “finners”. One board in particular was just over 5’9” 18.32” 2.25” and 25 liters of volume. Featuring a more pronounced round pin tail, with a narrower than average hip between the feet, and a slightly wider than typical nose, it ooozed of drive. Married to the outline is a pretty typical high performance rocker profile, but with less concave throughout, which runs the rail rocker pretty parallel to the stringer line. This results in no radical curves or breaks in the rail line. One not so noticeable feature that Biolos feels really ads to the effectiveness of this design is that the nose is just slightly thicker than the tail at both the 12” and 24” marks. This really seems to add both paddle power and drive off the front foot. It also isn’t bad for helping with the snapping noses either. Individually, these features are all pretty subtle. Unlike The Round-Up/Rock-Up, and other exaggerated shortened step-ups, they are not strikingly different looking…But all combined, the whole became greater than the sum of its parts.

During a recent run of swell in WA, a series of exasperatingly excited mails and texts poured in from Taj Burrow. Claims like..”I am not sure if it interests you or not, but this is the best board I have ever ridden in the tube. It’s a real Tube Pig. The thickness lets me in early and it knifes into solid tubes better than any shorty would. Paddle power to catch them, but the short little board fits in the curve better than a gun, and still holds in”.  Now… when it’s firing, everyone can go out and make a pig of themselves. Meant to be ridden about the same size, or just a bit longer, as your normal board, but mainly for those powerful pumping days in hollow beach breaks and reefs.

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The Quiver Killer is an extension of …Lost’s recently released ShortRound model. With so many people enjoying the ShortRound, it quickly became clear that the short, relatively flat, and stubby board was an easy answer for fast fun in smaller surf, but with some limitations. While spending time in Bali lst summer Biolos began doing some tweaking to the design. He added a couple inches of length, moderately added to the overall rocker, and pulled the nose outline in a bit. He then changed the tail to a forgiving, rounded “thumb” tail without narrowing it too much where the front fins are. The overall outline and rocker lines are a minimalistic and simplistic continuous curve. The surface area and volume are still generous enough to create speed and feel lively in anything but the smallest, or true “grovel” surf. The rounded tail, reduced nose area, and the added rocker, prevents too much rail being wetted at once in small surf, and allows control and ease of pocket and power surfing in proper waves. Free and easy in small-ish surf while still precise and forgiving in solid surf. Staying with the ammo theme, we swapped the stubby little speeding bullet for the new logo, an elongated, Spitzer influenced munition. The Quiver Killer… a shot straight through the heart.

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The Short Round, a high performance hybrid in the tradition of the Rocket and its many knock offs, the Short Round bridges the gap between easy riding “cheater” boards and the HP Shortboard. Tested all around Southern California in the summer of 2014, this board has more than impressed. The speed comes from a low entry rocker and wide-ish nose, with a forward wide point and generous concave throughout. The performance comes from a moderate, but not flipped up, tail rocker, a double concave through the fins and the same sort of modern bump squash tail that you would find on a typical contest style, small wave HP shortboard. All combined, it doesn’t look like anything fancy and there are no gimmicks, but some times less is more, and there is a lot packed into this little board.

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The Puddle Jumper is a con-caved, planing surfacer speeder. Domestic bliss with a twist. Based off the outline of the Bottom Feeder, but with reversed bottom and rocker curves. This board, unlike the past Domestic models (like The Bottom Feeder and RV) features a concave bottom that transitions to vee in the tail. The wide outline makes for easy wave catching and down the line glide and stability. The concave bottom adds lift and increased rail curve, which allows radical top to bottom surfing. The straight rail line and vee in the tail keep the board moving forward and hold in during hard carving maneuvers. “This is the most excited I have ever been about a small wave surfboard. Personally, it’s the best small wave board I have ever ridden. I have never made a claim like that about any board before” – Matt Biolos

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The Puddle Jumper RP is a twist on the original Puddle Jumper with a rounded pin tail with a little less width in the final 18 inches and a little extra rocker in the tip and tail. The Lost Rounded Pin Puddle Jumper is great for riding small waves with ease but also goes well in larger waves. The curvier outline combined with some extra end rocker helps it to fit better in tight radius beach breaks while holding long arcs with control in large, open face point and reef waves… all without losing paddle power and stability.

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The Lazy Toy takes high volume/low rocker, neutral bottom curves, small wave surfboard designs to a wider range of waves and a more versatile and diverse playing field. Using an elliptical , “Double ender” outline, the Lazy Toy is inspired by the boards ridden by guys like Wayne Lynch and Michael Peterson in the 1970’s. These elliptical, continuous curves and outlines, combined with our proven “Domesticated” rockers, create a board that has a very open and forgiving sweet spot (as far as foot placement goes) and can be ridden in waves from knee high to over head with ease. Because of the narrow hipped, continuous curve, outline, you can surf this with a centered stance for down the line 70’s inspired speed runs, down carves and cutbacks…. or step back on the tail and go vertical off the bottom and in the pocket. The bottom contours (mostly flat rail to rail, with rolled, soft edges and a spiral vee under the rear foot) neutralize the high volume and free the board up, making it easy to push and permeate the rail deep and perpendicular into the face of the wave…..rather than skate flat on top of the water. Paddling? What do you expect….like a Cadillac…for Domestic Domination.

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The Sub Scorcher II was Matt Biolos’ favorite Shortboard all year when it came out. He wanted to make a board with all the positive traits of the SS2 (easy paddle and glide into waves, down line drive and holds speed though carves) but add more snap and release in the tail. A little more whip! He also didn’t want to change the rocker or positive attributes of the board. Taking influence from Mark “MR” Richards, and his “Super Twin” outline, a pronounced single wing was added which reduced the tail area, then foiled the rails overall (especially through the tail ) making it easier to roll from side to side, and surf more on a rail. The dims are tweaked a bit from the DWSwallow, on most sizes, but the main ingredients remain.  One could call it the easiest riding, all around pointy nose shortboard in the Lost line. Domestic bliss at its best.

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Short n wide…with tons of glide. The “V2-Grinder” is a V2-SB squished into a stubby, squatty little firecracker. First built for a few “Domestic” buddies whose surfing can be described as “ former pro level, now grown up, with kids and a job, surfing crappy beach breaks with my kids…whenever I get a chance”. Pleasantly surprised by rave reviews from the older, local heroes, …Lost placed a few under the feet of some WCT and QS “Grinders”. Ends up, the board is a superb small wave contest machine. With the likes of Carissa Moore and other world class competitors using them in lackluster conditions to great success, we included it in the line. To the V2s distinctive low entry and noticeable tail lift married to an outline that resembles the classic Sub Scorcher. The wide tail block provides drive, lift and a stable platform in meager conditions. The short rail line and healthy amount of tail lift (paired with full and forgiving rails) still permeate the water and allow proper rail turns in small, tight, quirky shore pound. Don’t be afraid to go Short n fat with this one!

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The Bean Bag is a radically extreme small wave concept! Based around maximum surface area for lift and stability in tiny surf. Balanced by a “double ender” outline and a tip to tail vee bottom, for forgiveness and on rail surfing in the smallest of waves. Similar to the Couch Potato, but with a wider tail and a lower overall rocker. It also features a flat (low center of gravity) and stable deck. This board is meant to be surfed very short. Unlike most extremely wide and short boards, it has the ability to be surfed aggressively from the tail, and up onto a rail, without sliding out…Get off the Couch, toss your LazyBoy and bust out the BeanBag!

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