Clean, simple outline and more than enough foam to get you up and going on the tiniest of days, the Lost Bottom Feeder is a great, lively little groveler by the good people at Lost Surfboards.
+ Clean groveler outline from Lost (outline looks similar to the CI Average Joe…but this board was released earlier…)
+ Grovels well (easy to get on waves and generate speed) but not a bad little turner
+ Feels playful and less stiff vs. other grovelers
– Typical groveler = flat as a board. Doesn’t like a steep face
– Hard to handle when there is more speed and power in the waves
The Lost Bottom Feeder surfboard at 6’0 x 22 1/2 x 2 3/4 at 44.1L of volume. Full standard Bottom Feeder volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Tiny, weak waves up to shoulder high.
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- JS Pier Pony surfboard review: a little stiff but extra fast and fun in tiny to shoulder high, flat faced waves
- Firewire Sweet Potato: the groveler that started the trend towards outrageously oblong outlines
I had been traveling up the coast of Portugal, Spain and France and, in an unusual display for a September, the waves were tiny with nothing on the horizon. The step-up and shortboard I traveled with to surf the famously grunty waves of Europe were no match for the tiny waves huey was throwing our way. I had to make a quiver change.
Enter the Bottom Feeder. I hadn’t heard of this surfboard until I saw one in the Pvkas Surf store in San Sebastian, Spain but I liked the Bottom Feeder’s outline instantly. Out with the shortboard and in with this little groveler by Matt Biolos of Lost Surfboards.
My first surf at Tapia was perfect for the Bottom Feeder: waist high, flat faced runners. I had a ball. The Bottom Feeder paddles well and accelerates when there isn’t much push in the swell. However, it also felt less stiff versus some of the other groveler surfboards I had had in the past. The next day, the swell came up a bit but was noticeable more powerful. I caught a few great waves but I did struggle with the lack of rocker and wide outline when the waves were steeper and more hollow. For this type of board, however, this is to be expected.
The Bottom Feeder is a pure groveller. It is too much fun in small, flat-faced and/or mushy conditions but I struggled with it when there was a bit of speed and power. Still, great fun in the conditions for which it is intended!
Have you ridden a Bottom Feeder? What do you think?
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Lost Bottom Feeder standard dimensions and volume from the …Lost website (you’ll have to search for the volumes…):
|5’4||20 1/2||2 5/16||30.0L|
|5’8||21 1/2||2 1/2||35.7L|
|6’0||22 1/2||2 3/4||44.1L|
|6’4||23 1/2||2 7/8||50.6L|
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I've surfed my bottom feeder in small surf like 2ft~3ft (like knee high to chest high) and it is now my favorite board EVER. It's easy to get on waves (but lets not lie to ourselves, it's not like a longboard.. but much easier than other shortboards).
It's super fast and super fun. What I like the most is that I can do "new" maneuvers that I wouldn't normally make in a shortboard (like a hang five when the wave is losing power, for example).
Started surfing it with my FCS K2.1 quad, and it felt SUPER loose (I actually liked it in knee high, throwing the tail became super easy). Then, a month later, my IndoFins "Controller style" fins arrived. (A high quality copy of futures lost controllers, but fcs compatible). This fins are AWESOME! Lots of flow, and even though I'm a light guy, they weren't "too much fin" for me (as I've seen some light guys saying about indofins/futures controllers). The board handles much bigger surf with this big fins (the tail is, in fact, controlled).
Unfortunately hadn't had the opportunity to surf for real into REALLY small surf, like 1ft, but I'm sure it'll do the trick. Hadn't surfed in any hollow wave, either.
Resume: went small on a bottom feeder 5'4'' epoxy (30L, I normally ride a 28L pu local shaped surfboard), super happy, it catches everything, super funny and I'm super happy that I didn't catch the RV just because it was newer (I believe that the BF "concaves" are the best for small waves, like it's giant Vee in the tail) or a 5'6'' BF (the 5''4 is SUPER maneuverable). K2.1 quad super small, Indofins in small+ surf. Couldn't be happier!
info: Brazillian, 19 yo, 150 lb (68 kg), 178 cm (5'10 or 5'11, I believe), surf 2 times/month +-, a weekend warrior, I believe (live in São Paulo, 3hours from Ubatuba, the beach that I surf), surf since 7 yo, intermediaries (-) skills.
Catches well small waves and deal with waves up to chest high (I didn't try anything above it). Really fun board to ride, love it. Perfect for mushy waves in the 1~4ft range. I surf it with the K2.1 quads when it's super tiny and IndoFins Controllers (if you use fcs, give it a try) in anything above knee~waist high. Best board ever!
Epoxy 5'4''. I'm 150 5'11''