Domesticated bliss with a high performance twist, this is Taj Burrow’s *NEW* Lost Baby Buggy Surfboard Review.
Taj Burrow has a baby…and a more accessible signature model for us mere mortals! An easier proposition for the masses vs. the very high performance models Taj usually rides, this Lost Baby Buggy features a slightly fuller, more voluminous outline. As usual, Matt Biolos nails the foil and this board blends performance with average wave speed and paddle power.
Hope you enjoy this take on his latest signature model, Taj Burrow’s *NEW* Lost Baby Buggy Surfboard Review + Futures AM2 Fins!
All the best,
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+ While performance tuned, the foil, or distribution of volume/foam is carefully placed to allow the Lost Baby Buggy to paddle, plane and generate speed better than the outline would otherwise suggest
+ Carries a lot of pace and maintains speed really well in flatter, weaker conditions
+ It’s not out of place when the waves are more punchy and hollow
Craig rides the Lost Baby Buggy Surfboard at5’9 x 19.38 x 2.32 at 28.4L’s, which is a stock 5’9″ dimensions. Craig rode the Taj Baby Buggy in a couple of different fin sets but mostly with AM2’s by Futures which is a large Al Merrick template.
Standard Lost Baby Buggy Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
This is a high performance shortboard intended for slightly smaller, softer conditions but it is not out of place in punchy, overhead waves.
- Maintains high performance shortboard outline with a touch more width and girth
- Flatter rocker through the deck holding volume through the front with a touch of tail lift
- Well hidden foil holds more volume than the outline otherwise suggests
- Less lock rocker through the top, the deck of the board
- Deeper single concave that runs throughout the board with a subtle double through the single at the fins
- Taj’s Lost Baby Buggy has a fairly full rail (for a Taj signature board)
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Hey! I’m Craig, and today for CompareSurfboards.com I’m doing a review of the Taj Baby Buggy by Lost Surfboards and Matt Biolos. I’ve been riding the Taj Baby Buggy in the stock 5’9, which is 5’9 x 19.38 x 2.32 at 28.4L’s.
The Lost Baby Buggy has been stumped down from Taj’s performance shortboards. Taj Burrow is notorious for riding really narrow, skinny, heavily rockered, potato chip-esque high performance shortboards, and they’ve worked well for him. He surfs lightning fast, and he surfs really well, but I think he might have been coming to a time in his life where things are changing, and he wanted something for when the waves weren’t as good. He wanted a bit more fun and a bit more paddle power versus his normal shortboards.
“That little board is ludicrous. I just surfed a soft little beachy here in Tahiti, and the thing went bananas.” – Taj Burrow
Matt Biolos set about to take the Taj performance model and just spec it out for to be shorter and geared for fun. He brought it down in length, flattened the rocker a little bit and filled out the outline and rails.
It still has some characteristics of Taj Burrow’s performance boards, like the performance outline around the nose. It still quite holds its volume but it has a narrower nose. It still has a pointy nose compared to other fun, average wave boards.
There is nose lift through the bottom of the board. Yet it’s flat through the deck, holding volume through the front. It only has a little bit of tail lift, nothing too crazy. It has a lot of lift through the front of the nose, but through the bottom half of the rocker there is a little lift on the bottom. And again, it has a flatter deck so a lot of the volume is held throughout here. There’s less lock rocker through the top, the deck of the board.
Flipping it over on the bottom it has quite a deep single concave that runs throughout the board. It feels like there’s just a slight double concave at the fins that runs throughout the single concave and out through the tail. Nothing too crazy though but that single coming through the front of the board is actually quite deep.
The Taj Baby Buggy has a fairly full rail for one of Taj’s performance shortboards. In saying that, a lot of its volume is in the width and the outline than the actual thickness of the rail. You can see in the back half of the board here it holds a lot of volume under the back foot, which feels really good. When you don’t have boards that are overly filled with foam but have a really good distribution of foam throughout the board.
I really enjoy having a lot of foam under your back foot here. It really keeps you going through those flat conditions.
This board does that really well but it also has quite a wide rounded square tail, which holds a lot of volume and carries a lot of speed under your back foot. This allows for more control given its width and how short it is.
Experience in the Surf
I’ve been riding the Taj Baby Buggy in a variety of conditions. I’ve had it for a while now and we’ve had some really varied conditions where we are (Sydney, Australia). We’ve had a good run of swell and some really good waves. I got the thing for when the waves are smaller. I was thinking it’d be a good board for when you know, two to three foot, fun and punchy but onshore. I thought that’s when the thing would light it up and it did. It went really well. But I was able to take it away and surf it in bigger conditions.
I was surfing this right point break up the coast from where we live. It was junky, in the three to four foot range, and I thought the board might be too flat for those waves. The conditions were still quite steep and you could still do some off the top turns, but I think it’s just the way the outline through the nose worked in unison with the rocker.
It still was able to lift above those sections and it wasn’t getting caught out, which can happen with a lot of flat boards. I was quite surprised at how well the Lost Baby Buggy performed in those more critical conditions. It held it’s own in conditions a bit above and beyond what I thought it was intended for. I’ve also surfed it at a local reef that is known for being sucky and hollow and I thought the Lost Baby Buggy would be too flat for that wave, too, but it worked quite well.
I also rode the large Futures Fins John John fin, which has just come out from Futures Fins and that went really well, too. It was a bit stiffer. When the conditions were smaller, it felt a bit too stiff whereas with the AM2 the core through the fin is quite soft and has a very nice release and a softer tip than the John John fin, which is a bit stiffer in a larger fin.
Overall, I really enjoyed riding the Taj Baby Buggy. When I first got it I was concerned about how flat and wide the outline is. I didn’t think it would hold in steeper, suckier, more challenging editions.
Going away with the board and only taking the one board, I had to put it in some of those conditions that I didn’t really think it was designed for, and it did hold it’s own and it was a lot of fun.
I think Matt Biolos and Lost Surfboards spent a lot of time putting this new Taj Burrow signature model together. Taj hasn’t really put out a board model geared more for fun and I think he’s put a bit of time and effort into this one, making sure it is a board that everyone can ride, and everyone can have a bit of fun on.
I’d say the Taj Burrow’s new signature model, the Lost Baby Buggy, is probably for anyone. For a beginner to intermediate this could be a good option for someone wants a performance geared, challenging shortboard to ride. It’s a good option for someone who wants to get off of those fun boards.
I think you’ll enjoy the really nice distribution of foam (foil) here. Without having to go really high in literage, I think just the foam is in the right places:
A lot can be said for a well planned foil beyond people thinking they just need a certain amount of liters. If the foam is distributed through the right places in the board, you don’t have to go to these crazy amounts of volume. Matt Biolos and Lost Surfboards are masters of surfboard foil.
The board paddles really well and for a fun, junkier wave board, it has a lot of pace and keeps its speed really well in flatter faced, weaker conditions.
For those intermediate to advanced surfers who normally ride a curvy, high performance surfboard and want something for less than stellar conditions, this is a board that you can enjoy as well. You might be going on a trip with the family or something and this is the only board you take.
It’s not going to be out of place when the waves get a little punchier and you’ve got some good waves where you want your good wave board. This thing won’t be out of place either.
Overall, the Lost Baby Buggy has been a great board, and hopefully you can check one out. Lately there has been a little bit of footage of Taj riding the Lost Baby Buggy in Carbon Wrap, which is a technology that Mayhem and Lost Surfboards have been pushing lately. I think the thing would go mental in that Carbon Wrap, epoxy technology.
If you get a chance to check out the Lost Baby Buggy, it’s a really fun board and I think it has a place for just about everyone. Thanks for watching the review. Hope you have a good day. Thanks.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Lost Surfboards Baby Buggy Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the Lost Surfboards website:
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