Editorial by Benny, words spoken by Matt Biolos
Part three of Matt Biolos’, My Quiver Series. The founder of Lost Surfboards, talks about his ‘pointy nose’ high performance shortboard, the Lost Sub Scorcher 2. This is part 3 of 4 (the last part is the best part) – subscribe now to get the next installment!
Part 1 & 2 Recap
In Part 1, it was the Lost Puddle Jumper, a brand new groveler-esque model for the bottom end of the wave range. It made me drool and I now have one on order.
In part 2, a personal favourite of mine and so many other surfers, Matt Biolos shared his Lost V3 Rocket as the hybrid in his quiver.
In Part 3 of our 4 Part Matt Biolos ‘My Quiver’ series, Matt shares his “pointy nose” high performance shortboard, the Lost Sub Scorcher 2. I’m usually lost on the pointy nose HPSB variety but this one sucked me in…will be adding a Sub Scorcher 2 to the review queue in a few months when good wave season returns to the east coast of Australia!
Benny: Hey! This is Ben. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. Imagine you had the shaping skills of Matt Biolos, one of my favorite shapers and founder of Lost Surfboards. The guy has been shaping for over thirty years. He has shaped thousands of boards and he still shapes boards for himself by hand as well as his team riders, such as Taj Burrow, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, and more.
If you had that type of skill set, if you had that experience, what would your dream quiver look like? Well, I was fortunate enough to catch with Matt in California and asked him the question, “What is your favorite quiver?” Hope you enjoy the answer!
Matt Biolos: This, I would say, is my go-to pointy noise high-performance shortboard right now. It’s a Sub Scorcher 2, so it’s the same rocker that our world champion, Carissa Moore, uses. This is her favorite rocker. Tyler Wright really likes this rocker, too. She won the US Open on this rocker. A lot of the QS like it as well.
Most of these boards you’ve seen would have been a double-wing swallow or a bump squash (rounded square) tail – how the team and the pros ride it – but I wanted a little more bite and a little more good wave feel to it so I went and I made it a deeper single-wing with a little more pulled-in swallow. Kind of looks like the tail template of one of my idol’s boards, Mark Richards Super Twin, kind of some influence from him there. It just gave the board a lot of range and a lot of control. I can surf it, I can push on it as hard as I want and carve, but I can also snap it.
This board here, I made it and [00:02:00] it sat around for a while. It’s a 6’4″. It’s 21. It’s 2-7/8. It’s 41 litres. I hadn’t ridden high-performance shortboard, basically pulled-in noses, since my injury this winter snowboarding. This was like my go-back-to-high-performance-boards board. I rode it for the first time actually not until September. I rode it during Hurricane Marie, the day after a Big Wednesday on a Thursday down in Baja. We surfed some really good point breaks and the thing just felt so good. I could do whatever my body would let me do at that time. It felt really positive, really, really fast and drivey, but also precise.
I’ve only ridden it as a thruster. I brought it home and I surfed this board a lot during the Lowers Hurley event. Obviously, not in it but during those couple of swells and that time I remember just surfing it a lot last month in September all around Trestles and Uppers and Lowers and all over. It’s just a really good board.
If I want to ride a pointy-nose surfboard like a high-performance shortboard – a board that when it’s under my arm looks like I’m riding a normal board that any typical guy would ride and not a hybrid or some funky fat board, but it’s inflated for my size. Right now this is my favorite high-performance shortboard.
Once again, like a year ago all my high-performance shortboards would have been 6’3 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 but since my injury I’ve pumped the boards up. I haven’t really gained any weight; I just got out of shape and lost a lot of confidence so this board’s really helped me build my confidence and I’m going to start making some more high-performance boards now for myself. [00:04:00]
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