A surfboard that works just as well in hollow Indonesian reef breaks as your mushy, local beach break. The Lost Mini Driver promises much but does it deliver?
+ Volume = great paddle power
+ Fast down the line in flatter faced waves
+ Forgiving outline
– The Mini Driver feels bulky. The volume is not as well hidden as in other …Lost surfboards
– Harder to turn versus a comparable shortboard with the wide outline and, voluminous round tail
– Flatter rocker, wider outline = hard to stick steep, fast drops in larger, more powerful waves
The Lost Mini Driver by Matt Biolos at 6’4 x 21 x 2 3/4 at 39.1L. While this is right in my volume sweet spot, perhaps this was too big for better waves?
Not sure…I had little success surfing the Mini Driver. It felt too bulky surfing bigger more powerful reef breaks like Thunders in the Mentawais. It went okay at Blacks Beach but I hoped for something more precise to handle the tricky drops and down the line races. It felt slow surfing my home breaks around Sydney.
I am a long time fan of Matt Biolos’ shapes – the …Lost Rocket is still my all-time favourite all rounder – but the Mini Driver didn’t float my boat like other …Lost surfboards.
It all started with my intention for the board. I read on the …Lost site that:
“While preparing a quiver for an Indo trip Kolohe asked for ‘a short, fast (flat rockered) little 5 fin tube rider’”
…and then later in the description:
“Interestingly enough, one of Kolohe’s buddies (Taylor Clark) grabbed it after it came back from Indo and used it in the US Nationals event in Huntington Beach. He surfed it in 2’ slop all the way to a second place finish in the Open Men’s division. The board worked in everything.”
Good. Great. Grand! A board that works in everything! I’ll take two! I needed a board for Indonesia but even better if it also worked well as an all-rounder at home. However, like a politician who tells tries to be everything to every one, the …Lost Mini Driver didn’t work very well for me in either scenario.
I had trouble with the …Lost Mini Driver on a trip to the Mentawais in Indonesia and the shape isn’t ideal for the flatter faced, weaker beach breaks I surf most of the time at home. In short, it didn’t excel as a good wave board and I felt it had shortcomings as an all-rounder for home. In the end, I couldn’t find a place for it in my quiver.
Do you have a Mini Driver? What do you think?
Standard Dimensions & Volume
Lost Mini Driver dimensions from Lost’s website (good luck finding it!):
|5’4||18 1/4||2 1/6||22.5L|
|5’5||18 3/8||2 1/6||23.1|
|5’6||18 1/2||2 1/4||24.3|
|5’7||18 3/4||2 1/4||25L|
|5’9||19 1/4||2 1/3||27.2L|
|5’10||19 1/2||2 3/8||28.5L|
|5’11||19 3/4||2 4/9||30L|
|6’1||20 1/4||2 5/8||34.8L|
|6’2||20 1/2||2 3/4||37.1L|
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Bought my Mini Driver about 4 years ago and initially, like Benny, didnt gel with it as a thruster. Put it in the garage for almost a year and was going to sell it on Craigslist, but a friend suggested trying it as a quad. BIG Difference, with emphasis on positive improvement. It has since become my go-to board, and I recently rode it in the Mentawais with good success.
I have a 6'2 mini driver 35.5 liters and I love this board. I'm 6'2 185lbs and typically surf a punchy beach break. Haven't tried it as a quad.