Simply stated Lost Surfboards is the number one surfboard brand in the world. Matt Biolos shaped boards for average surfer in average waves. If you live in New England there is a pretty good chance he’s talking about you and the waves you ride. His boards are fun and easy to ride and the RIP!!! More Pros on the Surfing World Tour ride Lost than any other brand. In recent years Lost has made a few key models that many other shaper have used as a base for building a board under their own label. Such boards are the R.N.F, the Rocket, the Bottom Feeder, the Sub Scorcher, and The Speed Demon. While many of those boards are still available and in the line I wanted to introduce you to the new models available for 2014. We will have all these boards in the shop by the beginning of Summer.
Many people chose to custom order their Lost Surfboard thru Pioneers. It’s way easier than you think and doesn’t cost any money. The only major difference is that you generally have to wait 8-10 weeks before receiving your board. So before taking a look at the new models I wanted to give you a quick outline of what the custom order process looks like! On a yearly average we probably order 40-50 custom Lost boards!
1. Choose your model
dimensions, and volume. (check out the new Lost volume calculator HERE, and unless your a pro opt for the upper end which takes into account cold water and thick wetsuits) Lost always has stock dimensions available but there is no reason you can’t change them up a bit. If this sounds confusing, no worries! Stop by and talk to Steve or Bryan and they will get you dialed!
3. Decide if you want some color, art, resin work, or a white board.
4. Choose your board construction Poly, EPS, XTR, Hydro Flex, Future Flex etc…. (we can help here too)
5. Choose fin set up. FCS, Future, Glass-on
6. Put a 25% deposit down and start the 8-10 week wait! It’s that easy and we are here to help at every step!
Now without further adieu here are the new Lost Models for 2014, click HERE to be taken to the models where you can then view the dimensions and volumes for each board.
This highly anticipated new V-2 ShortBoard has proved to be as suited to the “Domesticated” surfer, as to the traveling Pro.
Initially a board created for myself, after being harassed by team riders to “Get off those fun-boards of yours, and ride a real board”. I set about to build an HP ShortBoard that would allow me to compete for waves in crowds and also let me surf as easily (and hopefully more radically) as on my most trusted hybrids. Starting with what I considered to be our best hybrid, the V2-Rocket, I stretched the outline into a pointy, yet conservative, nose and blended the “Rocket” tail into a wide-ish, smooth squash. The exceedingly low entry rocker, coupled with continuous and generous tail lift, made for a board that both paddled and caught waves well, but turned tight and precise in the pocket. It features a similar foil and rails as its predecessor and continues to have slight double concave deck under the rear foot (which really “locks” the surfer into place). My initial results on the first, “Domesticated”, version were so positive that I ended up surfing these boards, daily, for months straight….without reverting back to any “cheater” boards. Assuming it would work for the team also, we instantly began downsizing the design to “Pro” volume, and got them out to the boys. Positive feedback followed with instant success. In addition to winning the VQS National Champs (in Newport) Taylor Clark used his first V2-SB to win both the NSSA Mens National Title (in HB) and the U-18 US Champs Title at Lowers. Griffin Colapinto won both The U-16 US Champs, and the NSSA Boys Title in HB, on his first one as well. After these results we set out to get them under the feet of some International Pros. This resulted in Julian Wilson doing stellar surfing on a V2 at the US OPEN, and Alejo Muniz got his US Open victory on one as well. One week after the Open, Malia Manuel took down a stacked field of women’s WCT surfers at the SuperGirl 6-Star, in Oceanside. on her first V2-Shortboard. With nearly every athlete we work with carrying a V2-SB in the travel bags, it was evident the time was here to release the board to the public. We are offering the board in both standard “Stock” dims and “Domesticated” dims, or you can order with the dims from one of the many Pros listed below, who have adopted this design as one of their faves.
The V3 Rocket is an extension of the Rocket collection and a continuation of the Rocket tradition. We were looking for a one board quiver type of design. Starting with the V2-Rocket, the most notable difference being the double wings cut in the tail outline. These wings accelerate the reduction of surface area in tail curve, resulting in a noticeably narrower “Rocket” tail. Less width behind the rear foot equals more precision and more control in the pocket. It also allows for functionality in a wider range of wave size. The tail width at 12? is still substantial, netting a board that still feels fast, stable and squirty …even in smaller surf. When ridden as a quad, the narrower tail is freed up, allowing the surfer to stand a bit further forward and still remain loose and free in small surf. The nose outline was also pulled in a bit, in the 12-18? area, netting a more elliptical, catch free, overall outline that fits into curvy wave faces better than Rockets of the past. A more freed up and quick reacting outline that handles a wider range of waves, even powerful and well overhead, but still easy to paddle and surf in small or crowded conditions. Inspired by the positive performance feedback from the “Grocket” version (with single wing and pulled in swallow) that we released years ago. The “Grocket” was, and continues to be, a custom order favorite. Like the Grocket, The V3-Rockets higher performance characteristics in relation the other Rockets (and their wide tails) makes it the “fishy” board for guys who don’t ride fish!
The WEEKEND WARRIOR is the latest greatest “Domesticated” model we make. It came about after a couple months of myself riding the new V2-Shortboards. When the surf got tiny I did not want to go back to the radically different small wave boards (Like the Couch Potatos or Bottom Feeders) and have to adjust so dramatically back and forth. It seemed I needed a new twist on a small wave, pointed nose, shortboard influenced design. Hoping to make as seamless of transition as possible from the V2-Shortboard, I started with my 6’3? 21? 2.75? and shortened it, then lowered the entry rocker, widened the nose a bit and widened the tail dramatically. The extreme wide tail creates a very straight outline in the rear half of the board (reminiscent our our “Tri-Fish” and other Rocket Fish of the mid 90?s), so I figured I could increase the concave for more lift in small surf, which also added significant rail rocker, thus adding a more progressive and tight wrapped turning radius off of the rear foot. For the tail shape, I was thinking swallow, but it looked old and done a million times. I first cut a diamond into to it, hoping to shorten the rail line further and allow one to stand a bit more central on the board, and then taking a cue from many of the young indy-hipster shapers, I cut a deep wedge into the stringer. This created a “Split Diamond” tail. The prototype I made myself seemed to cause some controversy. At the same time, it also gave this design a lot of instant recognition and surely brought the other shapers plenty of exposure they might not have normally received. All the elements add up to a shorter, compact and effective small wave design that is high on volume, but holds and carries itself well. It should allow us “Domesticated” dudes another option to chose from in order to ride a pointed nose weapon in small and gutless surf. It makes an incredible one/two punch as a two board quiver with the V2-Shortboard. For those turned off by the Split Diamond tail, we have already made them as swallows, diamonds and even winged Squash tails–all with similar results.
The latest in our quest for the ultimate “Domesticated” design. The RV is exactly as its name implies…A “Recreational Vehicle”. Designed for extracting maximum fun with minimum effort and ease of exploitation of your precious free time…. If you want to cruise the coast in style and comfort, surf in a resplendent state of wave catching excess and bliss, then the R.V. is for you. The design stems from a blend of the Bottom Feeder/Couch Potato/LayZboy genre. Featuring the same “tip to tip” vee bottom as its predecessors. The vee negates the substantial volume and allows easy rail to rail transitions on wide, thick boards with a lot of surface area. Noticeable updates include the double wing flyers added to the tail, to reduce surface area and increase bite and precision in turns. The reduced surface area adds confidence of not sliding out in hard snaps, and carves. The nose outline has also been tweaked to reduce some are in the forward 12-18? of the board, but without reducing drive down the line or paddle ability. The nose feels like it “comes around” quicker in turns and looks …and feels, like more of a performance design. We also shallowed the vee up front (for more trim speed and instant burst in the take off) and actually deepened the vee under the rear foot. We did this for a more solid and forgiving…”controlled” feel in turns and carves.