Maximum fun, minimum fuss in small surf; this sums up the latest in the ‘Domesticated Series’ from Lost Surfboards, the R.V. This is the Lost RV surfboard review.
+ Catches just about anything and cruises down the line effortlessly
+ Surprising performance in better, steeper and more technical waves
+ Double wing flyers do the trick in freeing up the tail – pulling it in and making it easier to get on rail and push through turns
+ As usual, Biolos gets the foil right, creating a good balance of paddle power without feeling too bulky
– The RV is definitely best suited for smaller surf…not that it can’t handle bigger stuff but it gets going so fast I found myself outrunning a lot of waves
The Lost Surfboards RV by Matt Biolos at 6’0 x 22 1/4 x 2 3/4 at ~42.18L’s of volume. Full standard Lost RV surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Knee to head high, flat faced, mushy or a bit steeper and more lined up. Anything cruisy!
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This is the Lost R.V. or Recreational Vehicle. Anybody who watches the show – I’m not going to go into my little thing about Biolos – knows I’m a big fan of Lost Surfboards and Matt Biolos. He’s a bigger dude and he I think shapes boards for the average person who isn’t going to be doing big airs and surfing contests. He tends to make boards that work for a lot of people. I find most of his boards are great. When I found out that the Lost RV was coming out I was very excited. I had to pick one up. Look at this big beast. I love it.
This is a more refined and evolved version of the Couch Potato and the Lazy Boy and even the Bottom Feeder to some extent. It is still a big, wide outline. It still has very little rocker as you can see. It is thick and the thickness runs to the rail. However, the nose is narrower and the tail, as you can see, uses this double bump to take a relatively wide outline – which a lot of boards these days are going shorter, fatter, wider – and pulls the tail in nicely, reducing the surface area and making the board easier to turn.
This surfboard is really, really fun to surf. I surfed this Lost RV in waist high, mushier conditions and it did about as I would have expected to do. It was easy to catch waves. It was easy to get to my feet and get going. It does feel very lively with that tail. I was able to turn that tail pretty hard in the pocket a few times. Despite the width of it it’s actually easier to turn a little bit more lively.
I was really impressed with this surfboard just last weekend. I was surfing a beach break with shoulder high to very occasional head high sets; nice, peaky, steep, hollow, barreling beach break A-framing both directions. You know, these are steep faces and I’d only brought one board, otherwise I probably would’ve reached for something else. But I didn’t have anything else so I ended up going out in these steep, peaky waves. The RV did surprisingly well. A few times I took off and I could almost tell the board was jittering getting into that steeper face. It just felt like it was twisting a little bit back and forth because all that width and all that bulk but it still didn’t keep me from getting into a few really cracking waves and getting down the line in steeper surf.
It has proven to be quite versatile, and I think that’s part of the intention of this RV is to make a more refined version or more performance oriented version of those other Domesticated Series boards like the Couch Potato and the Lazy Boy. The bottom contour, similar to those other domesticated boards, has a deep vee that basically runs from tip to tail of the board. The vee is a little bit lighter up front, so again the nose doesn’t kind of stick as much as it would otherwise with that deeper vee. Then, it is actually deepened in the back which allows you to turn the board a little bit easier and get it on rail.
That is the Lost RV. I am really, really enjoying surfing this at this time of year when the waves are a little bit smaller and weaker. Another great board from Lost and Matt Biolos. If you’ve had a go on Lost RV, please let me know what you think. Thank you again for watching.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Lost Surfboards R.V. surfboard standard dimensions and volume from Lost’s website:
|5’5||20 1/2||2 1/3||29.41L|
|5’6||20 3/4||2 3/8||31.94L|
|5’8||21 1/4||2 4/9||33.83L|
|5’9||21 1/2||2 1/2||35.77L|
|5’10||21 3/4||2 9/16||37.52L|
|6’0||22 1/4||2 3/4||42.18L|
|6’1||22 1/2||2 3/4||43.71L|
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This is a great overall board. I've been surfing for nearly 16 years, predominantly on a conventional thruster. I live in south FL where the waves are at best mediocre and this board has performed extremely well. It catches a ton of waves and because of the tail setup, is very responsive considering the width and shape. I recently threw of the lost seaworthy fins and it made a world of a difference. I highly recommend this fun setup for this board.
My friend let me borrow his rv and I felt 17 again. So stoked gonna get one next week. This board is fun ! I give four stars cause I only road it ounce at zuma but I bet within a month I would give it five stars!
Only giving it 4 stars because I can't comment on how well it surfs in decent surf. I surfed it for the first time today in weak waist high crap and it was awesome. I was pumping on a weak crap knee high section and blew out the fins and pulled the whole board around... I had no idea surfing crap could be so much fun. If you surf you have to own one of these PERIOD!
LOST RV 5'10 x 21.75 x 2.56 x 36.99L - catches very bad waves little to no shape or punch / small waves with good shape - has good speed, turns less well as the 20.5W board above.
I am 5'6, 185-190 lbs - riding the 5'10 lost RV - really enjoying the rob Machado thruster set up on this. I surf 2-5 days a week, and have used the RV in, 12" lumps to head high - works in pretty much everything for me so far. I surf mainly beach breaks, but the few times I visit points, it likes those too.
I've had my RV for a month now and absolutely loving it. It's been quite a departure from the boards I've been riding and took a few surfs to get dialled in, but having such a ball now. Tried quad setup first, (super fast but I could slide it a little) then thruster ( not so fast but IMO a bit more bite) now trialling quad with a trailer. Would love your advice on fin setups? So thanks heaps for the review that switched me onto this great board. And also great raps to Dave at lost on the goldy. Excellent service and a top quality product that seems very tough but light as well. Stoked!
Hello again! Finally i surfed during 15 days my NEW lost RV with FCS Compressorrs. The result.....FANTASTIC! I have surfed some waves 6 ft and above in Canary Islands ( yes....with the LOST RV! ) Thats because the main side fins are really big so always you have contact between the water and your fins. The best from FCS COMPRESSOR fins is the SPEED....I really fly! so much speed a control in big waves with a board that supposed to be for small surf.....Also I try 2 ft and 3 ft waves and exactly with the same result : SPEED SPEED SPEED :) Love this fins with this board! :) Just now Im 6.0, 230 lbs, the Board LOST RV 6.0 with team glass and 37 ltrs.
I was looking to get a small board after surfing longboards and funboards for years. After doing my research, I decided on the the 5'10" RV. Benny was spot on, what a great board! It paddles great, is fast, and turns well. Just the sort of 'short board' this middle-aged, average surfer was looking for. I couldn't recommend it more. If you do decide to get a RV with Futures fins, I would strongly recommend getting the Stamps 5 fin set or something similar. For a medium-sized guy like me (170 lbs), they work great. I have tried the Seaworth quads on this board, but they seem to really tighten the board up and make it much harder to turn.