The Lost V3 Round It has a specific purpose: stability & control in punchier, steeper, chunkier surf over the original V3 Rocket. Does it achieve this purpose?
This is the Lost V3 Round It + FCS 2 Performers fins Surfboard Review. The Lost V3 Round It has subtle tweaks to the bottom contours, rocker and tail shape vs. the über popular Lost V3 Rocket that help it to fulfill its mission.
But beware, there are tradeoffs.
Still, if you are looking at a Lost V3 Rocket but want something slightly less stubby and playful, the Lost V3 Round It will help you when the conditions are bigger and / or better.
Yes, I would take the Lost V3 Round It to surf in Indo. Yes, I would happily take it to Nicaragua / Costa Rica / Central America to surf heaving, warm water beach breaks.
This is the Lost V3 Round IT review with FCS 2 Performers (and Accelerators).
Have a question? Wondering if the Lost V3 Round It + FCS 2 Performers is the right board for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments…
+ The Lost V3 Round It does help you in situations more stability and control is required
+ Great steeper, more powerful surf
+ Still a workhorse for average waves with good hidden volume and relaxed rocker – it just needs a bit more power and push over the Lost V3 Rocket
– Unsurprisingly, the Lost V3 Round It needs a little bit more push to get going
– It doesn’t have the V3 Rocket’s glide to help you in weaker, more average conditions
The Lost V3 Round It model at 6’4 x … Matt Biolos’ custom dimensions, which I can’t remember :). I used the FCS 2 Performers with this board and they worked.
Standard Lost Surfboards V3 Round It + FCS 2 Performers dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Slightly larger, more powerful and critical surf…vs. the V3 Rocket. The Lost V3 Round It doesn’t mind more average, everyday conditions but it does need a bit of push to get going.
- Tighter, thinner round tail with double bumps to reduce area
- Subtle change in outline help to make this board a more precise
- Still maintains width through the nose but the back half is all business
- Low entry and relaxed entry rocker
- Matt Biolos has reduced the concaves throughout the board to help it to feel more stable at high speeds
What Matt Biolos of Lost Surfboards Says About the Lost V3 Round It
“A one-two punch with the V3-Squash-It. The “Round It” features a round tail behind the double bumps. The new tail shape, combined with a more relaxed central rocker and a reduction in concave throughout, makes the board more stable and controllable in punchy surf.
Although it will easily handle larger surf, it is not designed necessarily as a step up, but more as an all-around, one board, war horse.
With its still wide-ish nose, low entry rocker (and the high performance back half) it is a very predictable, precise yet forgiving board that is at home on head high Trestles crumblers, chest high dumping beach break, or overhead reef breaks.”
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You are looking at the Lost V3 Round It. Not the Lost V3 Rocket and not the V3 Squash-It, but the Round It.
The purpose of this board, the Round-It is to give you more stability and control in slightly bigger surf. The V3 Rocket was a hugely popular board, it is used by so many people and loved by so many people. I actually only have one person, who’s a very good friend of mine, John, who actually didn’t like his V3 Rocket but he is a strange, wonderful man. Everybody else I know loves their Lost V3 Rocket.
Here is another take on the Lost V3 Round It from the Shredding Hippie:
If you really love the V3 Rocket, you love that style of board, but you’re maybe looking for something that edges towards the better wave end of the spectrum, you’ll love the Lost V3 Round It. It’s a high performance shortboard, something you might take to surf in like Central America or Indonesia or somewhere with good waves. I always go back and forth about the Lost V3 Rocket, about whether or not I would take it to Indo…This Lost V3 Round It is probably a good option for you if you’re just on the fence thinking the Rocket may be a little too short and stubby for good waves.
Onto the good, the bad and the ugly of the Lost V3 Round-it. We’ve talked about the purpose of this board. This is the kind of a board that’s not necessarily intended as a step up per se from Lost Surfboards but is something that is going to give you more control and stability while surfing faster, bigger and better waves.
The purpose of the Lost V3 Round It is well intentioned. I think it definitely does help you in situations where you want more stability and control. You don’t want it to be quite as loose because you won’t throw it around like you know you can with the V3 Rocket and certainly the Rockets before that.
The down side is that I think you need a little bit more wave and a little bit more push to get this Lost V3 Round It going. It doesn’t have the effortless glide that the V3 Rocket provides. So while this is not intended as a step up surfboard, it is intended to function as a good utility board that is more inclined to the performance side of conditions – for slightly better surf than the V3 Rocket.
It does feel a little bit slower and more sluggish in waves that are flatter and weaker.
Interestingly, this is one of Matt Biolos’s boards that was shaped for him when we was in town in Australia not too long ago. We ride almost identical dimensions, which is pretty cool (especially when he flies in, flies out and leaves a trail of boards in his wake :).
To achieve that stability and control in the V3 Round-It, a few of things have changed with this board vs. the Lost V3 Rocket:
1.) You can see that it has the nice, tighter rounded tail. You can also see that the round tail is very thin, so the thinning out of the tail and that subtle change in the shape has helped to make this board more precise.
2.) The Love V3 Round It also has a relaxed rocker through the center of the board.
3.) Matt Biolos has reduced the concaves throughout the board, too. This helps it to feel more stable at high speeds.
You’re probably wondering, how does this board actually work in the water?
Experience in the Surf
I surfed the Lost V3 Round It in a variety of different conditions and I’ll share three experiences that I think demonstrate a few things that are good and maybe something that’s not so good about the Lost V3 Round It.
The first surf that I can think of – probably the most memorable one – is when I was surfing this bigger, overhead, chunky, onshore beach break. It was heaving, wedging and barreling but it was a little bit all over the place. Not a perfect wave, but still steep and powerful and fast.
The Lost V3 Round It felt was great in those conditions. It loved the size, the steep, fast drops and the unpredictable nature. I really felt that the ability to control this board was really useful during that session.
Not only that, but I took off on a couple of waves where I took off really, really late, which I do often (I’m pretty bad about that). The outline is still wide but it’s a little bit narrower verses the original V3 Rocket and I was able to slide into some of those bigger, steeper drops.
One wave that really stands out to me: I dropped in through the white wash, stuck the landing, came around and I did one of the best front side hacks I’ve ever done. I didn’t land it. I was very close to landing it, but I didn’t land it. The point is, I made a terrible drop into white wash and was able to quickly recover off of the bottom and transition directly into massive carve.
I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t have been able pull this off with the V3 Rocket.
Watching this whole fan of water off the back and if I was a better surfer, or actually if I was expecting to do that, I probably would have come down from that and would have been really pleased with myself because it would have been a great turn. That session, the overhead, gruntier, less predictable, slightly more average conditions was a great option I thought for this Lost V3 Round It.
Another good surf I had on this board was surfing it in chest to shoulder high and cleaner, still steep, still a little bit punchy but better, cleaner conditions. It also worked really well in those conditions. I felt like I had a great deal of control. I could pump it and flow down the line, it felt really natural and nice and had a really good feel to it in those types of waves but kind of steeper faces, just a little bit smaller and still had a bit of power and a bit of punch.
Here is another perspective on the Lost V3 Round It by REAL Watersports:
The third notable session on the Lost V3 Round It had all the makings of an epic session. Looking down the beach, you could see these big, beautiful waves coming through. I took this board out but while the waves were bigger and they looked really nice from the side they were actually a lot flatter and weaker than I thought.
It was a decent size, there are some waves coming through that were well overhead and those ones with the bigger, steeper drops were awesome. But the smaller, more average waves – the ones that were coming through more often – were a struggle. I just couldn’t get the Lost V3 Round It going as much as I wanted. It felt sluggish and lethargic.
I’ve been messing around with the fins a little bit with this board. This has FCS 2 plugs. This is one of Matt Biolos’s boards that was shaped for him when we was in town in Australia not too long ago. He had the five fin FCS 2 plugs in here, so I’ve tried surfing this as a quad with the FCS 2 Performer trailers but I gravitated more towards the thrusters fin setup.
I like quads and this is still quite a wide tail but, for whatever reason, the thruster configuration worked and moved better for me. The FCS 2 Performers are the every man’s all-rounder fin from the new FCS 2 range and they’re pretty forgiving. They tend to work in a lot of different boards. I’ve surfed them a few different things.
I did, however, try the FCS 2 Accelerators, too. They are more performance tuned and felt good in better surf. I’ve discovered that a lot of the pro team riders for FCS surf with variations of the Accelerators. I think they complimented this board better than the Performers. Again, the Lost V3 Round It is more precise and if you are able to push a board really hard, you probably want to go for the FCS 2 Accelerators.
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I have recently returned from a trip to the Mentawai Islands and as I was a late starter for the trip (someone pulled out three weeks prior) I had added a step up to my quiver.
However as I had only recently purchased a 6'6 V3 Round It this ended up being my go to board for the whole trip in the Ments and it performed awesomely.
We managed to get consistent 3-5ft surf throughout the trip and this board worked really well in almost all conditions we surfed.
We had a few days were it we had larger more powerful 6 -7ft surf and it did feel a little small and under boarded on those days but I still managed to get a few solid one but I was thinking a Round Up or something similar would have made life a bit easier for those sessions but regardless i was impressed with how this went even when it was at the upper end of its range size wise.
Prior to the trip I had not really had much of a chance to surf the V3 Round It in Sydney as we had not had much quality swell so was not sure how it would and I would go in but in those better waves it rocked.
I surfed it as both a quad, hollow faster waves like Kandui & Hideways and a thruster at more mellow waves Erets and Nipussi and it worked equally well however I think the quad works just a bit better, fast and a whole lot of fun.
Overall super pleased with the board and would highly recommend it particularly if you get to surf good quality waves regularly and/or as your standard go to board for a trip to Indo or similar.