Editorial by Benny, words spoken by Matt Biolos
Matt Biolos, founder of Lost Surfboards, talks about his current ‘go to’ quiver. This is part 1 of 4, the Lost Puddle Jumper (new model, yet to be released). Subscribe now to get the next installment!
If it’s not obvious from the reviews on Benny’s Boardroom YouTube show and here at CompareSurfboards.com, I’m a Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos fan. I’ve had great success surfing most Lost Surfboards I’ve owned over the years.
Biolos seemed to catch on early to the fact that the thin potato chip style high performance shortboard just doesn’t cut it for a lot of regular surfers and many of his designs are geared to catch lots of waves and have fun while still maintaining performance.
Here Matt talks through his current go to quiver (as at Oct. 2014). I am jealous and tried to sneak out of …Lost HQ with the three I hadn’t already ridden…
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: I’m Matt Biolos from Lost Surfboards and I’m going to go through my favorite quiver right now. So this right here is a board that I’ve been working on through the summer of ’14. It’s called the Puddle Jumper, kind of a funny little name but it’s not really in the line yet but we’re getting there. This is a 5’10. I think it’s 21.5 about 2.75, a little over 40 liters maybe. This particular board is like the third or fourth one I’ve made myself to kind of get it right and this is the one that clicked.
It’s got some hot box wax on it from being in my board bag but this board is just a fantastic board from knee-high to overhead, although the happy zone is about stomach to chest high.
I’ve primarily ridden this one as a quad-fin actually. As a quad-fin with a kind of more of a controller style quad setup but some other similar fins like that that I developed with FCS. [00:02:00] They work really good as a solid quad-fin. This is very similar in outline to a lot of my other domesticated designs, like the Bottom Feeder [See the review…] I would say it’s closest to.
But I kind of think of it as more of a surface feeder because this is the first one in this genre where it’s got a concave bottom. So, it’s a hollowed out concave bottom, more of a modern bottom than the vee to flat bottoms that I’ve been doing in that family of boards. This one has a concave under the front foot transitioning to a vee from just behind the front fins, it switches to vee, which still gives you that positive in-the-water feeling off your back foot but underneath the front foot the trim and the glide is more like up in the surface, more like skatey and fast.
It allowed me to use more rail rocker because it pushed the rail down below the stringer line and puts more rail-rocker in the board like pivots and wraps. It feels almost like a traditional board than that kind of carvey, 70’s feel that we get out of the LazyToys and the Couch Potatos and all those V-bottoms. It’s a more aggressive feel, you stand more on the top of the board and it really is a bitchin’ board. I think this was my fourth attempt at this board and this one just nailed it.
A cool side note about this board: I didn’t finish shape it because sometimes when I’m really trying to dial in a model or a board, I’ll just design it, cut it and have one of my other shapers finish it and not write anything on it. I just want to ride it and see what the public would ride if I just made a hundred of them for stores where I obviously can’t shape all of them. This board just nailed it. This is going to be available to everyone at some point.