Want to charge bigger waves? You need a reliable step-up. This Lost Surfboards Round Up is my go to step-up right now for solid standout sessions at home and away!
Matt Biolos tweaked the popular Lost Rock Up model to make it more accessible and a touch more forgiving and created the Lost Surfboards Round Up.
This board breeds confidence when the waves are solid but it can be surfed down a bit.
I hope you enjoy this Lost Surfboards Round Up Surfboard Review + Futures Fins EA Quads.
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+ A great, forgiving all around step up surfboard for surfing big, powerful waves
+ The slightly more voluminous outline and additional width in the tip and tail makes the outline more capable in slightly smaller waves (circa head high to just overhead)
+ It breeds confidence when taking a big drop or charging down a critical wave face, which is, in my opinion, the most important aspect that I look for in a board for bigger waves
– It did feel a touch stiff at times in slower, smaller waves (could be the big fins…)
The Lost Surfboards Round Up model at 6’6″ x 20 1/2 x 2 2/3 at 38.8L’s. I surfed the Round Up exclusively as a quad, using the Futures Fins EA Quads, which I love. I did notice a couple of times in smaller, slower surf that the board felt a bit stiff. If I were to surf this board down more, I would switch the the Futures Fins Danny Fuller quad fins!
Standard Lost Surfboards Round Up dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Big, powerful waves from overhead to double overhead (or larger, if that’s your thing!).
I got this to handle big, powerful waves but it is meant to be a little more forgiving as well and have a slightly larger wave range versus the Lost Rock Up. Biolos ended up bringing a little bit more foam onto the rails and made them a little bit fuller so it’s more capable as an all rounder shortboard but perhaps a little less capable as a step up?
- Biolos added width and curve to the tail (in the last 24”) and changing it from a pin to a softer, rounded pin (vs the Lost Rock Up)
- Rocker, foil and forward outline are geared to handle the speed and power of bigger, more critical waves
- Rail apex raised slightly, making the rails a touch fuller – more like your standard shortboard and less gunny
- Still a great option for those bigger days at home and away but now more versatile and capable in slightly smaller, more average conditions
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If you’re a Matt Biolos aficionado as many of you are – I am – you will be very excited to hear about this Lost Surfboards Round Up. The Round Up was my step up board on a recent trip to Indonesia. I also took it down to Winkipop and Bells Beach and surfed it in that Aussie Indo mega swell that everybody was raving about. [See the feature ‘Meanwhile, In Vicco’]…
Anyway, I spoke with Dave, the lovely gentleman (and fellow seppo) I deal with at Lost Surfboards in Australia. He recommended this board. This is a tweaked version basically of the Lost Rock Up.
This Lost Surfboards Round Up been made a little bit more forgiving and a little bit more versatile. The feedback on the Rock Up was that it was great when it was pumping and hollow and powerful, but it was a little bit too “gunny’ when the waves are a little bit smaller and a little bit less intense.
I have always surfed my Lost Round Up as a step up. I have always surfed this basically overhead. I surfed it one session when I was down in Victoria at Winkipop on one of smaller sets coming through that were just under head high but that was as small as I surfed it.
My Lost Surfboards Round Up is 6’6 by 20 1/2 by 2.64 at 38.8 liters and, again, I got this to handle big, powerful waves. It is meant to be a little bit more forgiving as well.
Biolos ended up bringing a little bit more foam onto the rails, made the rails a little bit fuller so they are a little bit less kind of precise and refined – more like your everyday shortboard. That makes the board feel a little bit more forgiving, it also allows the rails to hold more volume throughout the board, so this is a slightly more voluminous pound for pound, or length for length vs. the Rock Up.
Biolos has also tweaked the tail a touch so they’ve made it a little bit less of a pin and given it a little bit more curve and a little bit more width to help make the board feel more lively and playful.
Experience in the Surf
The purpose of adding those more forgiving aspects to it is, again, to make it more accessible and to have a board that is not just going to be pulled out in those rare events where it’s really big and pumping.
My first surf on the Lost Surfboards Round Up was at pumping Winkipop, down in Victoria. I was wearing a thicker wetsuit, booties and a hood and it was absolutely pumping. I’m not used to the cold water down there and I know if you live down there it’s not that cold, but when you come from surfing around Sydney, it’s pretty cold! Regardless, the conditions were fantastic.
It was one of the best, probably the best swells that has come through in ten years. I surfed this at Winkipop, which is a very fast, technical wave. It’s really amazing to watch the guys who have that wave dialled in – to just watch how well they surf it. They make it look so easy.
It’s actually, for me anyway on my backhand, it’s not an easy wave to surf. There are defined sections in the wave that are hard to make it around. It’s a very fast wave. It’s not terribly forgiving, if you don’t nail your takeoff, you can pretty much kiss the wave goodbye.
This board was great to surf in those conditions because it has the length, it has a little bit of extra volume and all of these things helped me to get up and get going down the line as quickly as I could. I didn’t make all the waves there and I think that the fuller rails and other design aspects that make this board more forgiving didn’t help in surfing those very technical waves.
I think you want something that is a little bit more gunny, or at least I did, something that you could really control the speed and power of that wave.
Anyway, I was able to bring it around and hit the lip and really throw around a bit more than you might be able to do with a traditional gun surfboard or something just geared for hollow, big waves.
When I took it to Indonesia, I brought this as my biggest board. This was the longest board I brought. We had some really solid surf there. I mean, like six to eight foot, solid double overhead plus on some days and powerful, thick waves. There were thick, round, gaping barrels and I was intimidated some of the days that we were out there.
I didn’t catch any of those really massive bombs but I did get some big, chunky waves approaching double overhead and this board felt fantastic on my forehand surfing those waves.
“When I’m surfing a step up style of board, I want confidence. I want the confidence that I can get onto the wave easily and I want confidence that when I get down to the bottom of a really fast moving wave after a big drop that I’m going to be able to pull it around and get it down the line and actually surf the wave. This board bred confidence for me.”
I surfed it in those big, solid conditions and I took some drops that I really should not have made!
“You want something like this for those days. The days where you’re pushing yourself, you’re paddling onto bigger waves,”
There is a feel in the water, where we are all pushing each other and hooting each other into waves! It was awesome and I felt really comfortable on the bigger days. We had many days that were big and I always felt great surfing this board.
I surfed it on my forehand, again, at this wave that really kind of a fast hollow left and it felt fantastic, but I also surfed the rights, which were kind of more even paced and a little bit less hollow and less critical but still fast and fun.
The board just lit up. That feeling of coming down the wave and getting to the bottom and knowing that it’s going to hold and knowing that it’s not only going to hold but you’re going to be able to just shift your weight just a touch and just bring it around and get in front of this beast that’s trying to chase you.
That is exactly what I want for this type of board. As a step up, I think it was fantastic. If you’re looking for a step up that’s a little bit more forgiving, has a little bit more volume but still really refined and if you look at the outline, it’s not a terribly wide board.
It does have a nice tight tail, has a bit of curve running throughout the board as well, so really great all around board for surfing big, powerful waves. If you’re into bigger, more powerful waves, you want to go out on those days when it’s a bit bigger, this could be a great option for you.
For fin setup, I used basically these EA Quads by Futures Fins. I used this quad set up pretty much the entire time with this board. I never even surfed it as a thruster. It felt great with the EA Quads, I would say if anything it was just a touch stiff at some times.
I think having a lot of fin in the water – they have a bit of area and to have four fins with a bit of area in them – definitely held the board in place when I wanted it to. Taking those bigger drops, it felt great when it was really pumping and solid.
But there were some days where I felt like I wanted to have the Lost Surfboards Round Up a little bit looser so I could really pull it around on backhand turns. I would probably go down to these fins:
These are the Danny Fuller quads by Futures Fins. They just have a little bit less area. I think they are great for, again, holding and controlling speed, which is what you want, but they also maybe just feel a touch more nimble.
I don’t know, they’re just two shades of grey. They’re both great fins. Again, I can’t fault the EA Quads or anything, they felt great at Winki actually and they felt great on big solid days when I was in Indonesia. I would like to give these a go as well. I haven’t surfed these in this board yet, but I do really enjoy them.
Those are my fins for this board, the Lost Surfboards Round Up and this is probably what I’d switch to if I was kind of surfing it more around Sydney more often, surfing in bigger stuff but less critical, powerful waves.
To summarise my experience with the Lost Surfboards Round Up and what you might find if you were to get this board, again, if you want a board for bigger days, you’re going to need a step up at some point.
“You can only go so far up (in wave height) with your high performance shortboard. You’re going to need something with a little more length and something that’s geared for really controlling all the speed you get on those bigger days.”
If you’re looking for a step up, this is a great option. Again, it breeds confidence, which is my single most important aspect that I look for in a board for bigger waves. I want to know that it’s going to take the drop, I want to know it’s going to handle the speed and I want to know that it’s going to give me the confidence to take those drops. That’s really what it’s all about when it’s bigger.
Having a board that’s a little more forgiving and something that can be surfed down a little bit, yeah, I think it was useful.
I probably, again, wouldn’t surf this down all that much, I got this board to be surfed when it’s bigger more powerful, but it’s nice to know that if I did go on a session and it got smaller, for example, that I’m not going to feel like I’m stuck riding this really big, hard to turn log type thing.
I think this would be a good board for a lot of different ability levels of surfer. I don’t think this would limit the more advanced surfer. I think this would be great for a novice or intermediate, again, who wants to tackle kind of bigger, better waves.
It is a Lost Surfboards model anyway. Matt (Biolos) makes such good boards and this is based on his more popular one, the Lost Rock Up and it’s just been refined to make it a little bit more user friendly and to give it a slightly better wave range.
That is the Lost Surfboards Round Up. My go to Indo step up board. Really fantastic time surfing it at Winkipop. I surfed it at the beaches out front once or twice and handles the every day conditions as well. A really good all around step up if you’re looking for something for bigger, better waves.
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Standard Lost Surfboards Round Up Dimensions & Volumes available at the Lost Surfboards.
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