What happens when you cross the good wave prowess of Taj Burrow’s Lost Surfboards Beach Buggy with the mush eating capabilities of the Lost Sub Driver and toss in a brand new foil? You get the best ‘shortboard’ I’ve surfed by Lost Surfboards in a good long while, the Lost Surfboards Sub Buggy.
The new foil (distribution of foam/volume through the outline) gets you into smaller waves easily (I liked it from chest high+), the outline/rails have no fear of mushy conditions and the Beach Buggy rocker makes the Sub Buggy feel rock solid when the waves are bigger and more powerful (easily 2ft overhead, maybe more).
The result is one of the most exciting, versatile small to medium size wave performance shortboards in the Lost Surfboards repertoire. The Lost Surfboards Sub Buggy feels solid and controlled in overhead, powerful surf but also extra fast and lively in your smaller, more average conditions at home and away.
Another great result of collaboration by Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos and Kolohe Andino, the Lost Sub Buggy is a true high performance board that still handles your average days at home.
This is the Lost Sub Buggy review.
+ Ultra versatile performer: loves the bigger stuff, fun in the little stuff, eats the mushy stuff
+ Outline/rocker combo yields control in steeper drops and foil helps to keep it fast and lively in smaller, weaker surf
+ Very nimble and lively under foot – great performance option for everyday to good conditions
– Hard to fault the Sub Buggy on anything in particular. I wish it had a touch more volume running through the foil so I could surf it in smaller conditions, too
The Lost Sub Buggy at 6’4 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 @ 38L’s of volume. I put the Future’s MB2 Matt Biolos 3-fin thruster fins [Shop now…] in this board and never took them out…they worked great. Standard Lost Sub Buggy dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Average to good waves from chest high to well overhead. It handles big, powerful, good waves with ease but handles sub-par conditions well, too
- A hybrid between Taj Burrow’s good wave Beach Buggy model and the Sub Driver small wave mush machine
- Featuring the Beach Buggy rocker, Sub Driver outline and a newly developed foil (distribution of foam/volume)
- Fast, high performance foil for quick rail to rail surfing
- Enough volume hidden throughout the board to feel forgiving in average to poor conditions
- Three dimension sets – Standard, Slim and Domesticated – to cater to all surfers
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This is the Lost Sub Buggy. This is the best shortboard I’ve had in quite some time. Bold call, I know, I think the last board that stuck out to me as much as this was the Haydenshapes Ando [See the HS Ando review…], which is not dissimilar looking but there are some subtle differences between these two boards. The Lost Sub Buggy is a smash up between the Lost Sub Driver and the Lost Beach Buggy [See the Lost Beach Buggy review…].
You’ve got the Beach Buggy, which is a forgiving but all-around performance shortboard. It is a shortboard and it’s meant to be surfed in waves that are better and slightly bigger. It’s generally a more high performance shape. It’s got a fair bit of rocker and is one of Taj Burrow’s Lost signature model designs.
Now, the Sub Driver has grown a cult following and it’s renowned as being a bit of a mush machine; it can handle sub-par, sloppy, average waves.
“The outline from the Sub Driver was combined with the rocker of the Beach Buggy for the Sub Buggy.”
This was intended to be a board that could be surfed in smaller surf but with a “good wave approach.”
I have to say, I don’t know if that’s exactly what I got of it but I have absolutely loved surfing this board. I’ve been surfing this thing non-stop ever since I got it. My first surf on this board, I surfed this beach break that was a little bit cross shore. It was by no means perfect but there were some big – overhead to a few feet overhead – big, burly peaks coming through. Some really nice, fast lefts and rights. I remember taking off on this for the first time and I took off, [00:02:00] did my bottom turn on a nice big walled up right, took off, did this big bottom turn, came around, whacked across the lip and then just rode this thing all the way down the line until the wave closed out. That was a good start.
It was solid, it was head-high, probably overhead too, a couple of feet overhead – there were some bigger sets coming through – with a lot of power, but it wasn’t perfect. It was kind of cross shore and a little bit junky and this Lost Surfboards Sub Buggy just ate those conditions up – this board was just fantastic.
Since then, I’ve surfed it in lots of other conditions. Just last weekend actually, I was surfing at a little beach break up the coast from me and I was surfing it in waves that were peaky and fun with a little rip bowl running into it. A lot of these waves are not perfect but still really good fun. That was the morning session. We actually came back out and surfed the same wave in the afternoon and the wind had gone straight offshore and blown it completely clean but it was smaller. It was only about stomach or chest high to maybe head high on the sets but just perfectly beautiful and clean. This thing just loved the conditions in the morning and then came back and backed it up in the afternoon. I actually had a better surf on in the morning. It like the waves a little bit bigger, a little more powerful.
Overall, so far, I’m really enjoying surfing the Lost Sub Buggy. Again, it’s got that Taj Burrow Beach Buggy rocker which is flat through the center here and it’s got a little more curvature going up to the nose and the tail so it’s quite a forgiving shortboard rocker. Now the foil, or distribution of foam throughout the board, is another element that makes this board different.
“The foil of the Sub Buggy is brand new. There isn’t another Lost surfboard that uses this foil.”
So, that distribution of foam, it carries it out to fuller rails so has versatile medium rails. They are good as all rounder rails, they are not too catchy when the waves aren’t as good but they’re not too bulky when the waves are good. It does carry quite a bit of foam, as you can see, throughout the board here but it never, ever feels bulky. When I put this under my arm for the first time, it felt really great under my arm. For a guy who generally rides bigger boards, I’m used to surfing a lot of boards that do feel quite bulky, this just doesn’t feel that way. They’ve hidden the volume very well throughout the board.
It does have the all-rounder bottom contour of choice. It has a single concave that flows through to a double out the back.
Overall, a really great board. I have no complaints about this thing. I’ve even surfed it down in the waist high range and I would prefer a different type of board, something that’s a little bit more wide, looks less like a high performance shortboard, in those types of conditions. But again, that foil, that volume that is hidden throughout the board allows you to get up and get going when it is a bit smaller.
Definitely give the Sub Buggy a look this summer or if you’re just surfing smaller waves (or bigger waves). This type of board will be fantastic in surfing beach breaks around Southern California even through those nice Northwest winter groundswells and also around the East Coast of Australia. Around Sydney where I’ve been surfing it most of the time. I think the East Coast beach breaks in the summer are a little bit small for those average days that we get a lot that don’t have as much push and power and swell. This board would be perfect for those waves.
That is the Lost Sub Buggy review. I’ve been surfing it with these Future’s MB2 Matt Biolos 3-fin thruster fins. You can’t go wrong – Matt Biolos (founder/co-owner Lost Surfboards) helped design these fins with Futures Fins so they go really well in this board.
Thank you so much for watching. I’m going to get out of here and I’m going to surf my Sub Buggy right now. You have a great day. Hit the subscribe button, hit like if you like this video and leave comments, ask questions and thank you so much for watching the show!
OUTRO: The Sub Buggy smash up will make you feel like [00:06:00] you surf better than you do, grasshopper.