Editorial by Benny, words spoken by Matt Biolos
Matt Biolos, founder of Lost Surfboards, talks about his current ‘go to’ quiver. This is part 2 of 4, the Lost V3 Rocket. You know I was excited about this one…mmm…Rocket… Subscribe now to get the next installment!
If it’s not obvious from the reviews on the Benny’s Boardroom YouTube show and here at CompareSurfboards.com, I’m a Matt 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: This one is a little more of a mainstream popular board that we’ve made a ton if this year. All around the world we made a ton of these. This is a V3 Rocket. It’s obviously the current go to Rocket. Since we started doing Rockets about eight years ago. The double wing, diamond tail.
This one here is actually a little longer. I had a real gnarly injury early this year in March (2014) ot late February, snowboarding, and it kind of slowed me down on my surfing a bit. Took me a few months to even get back in the water. This one is 6’1 x 21 1/2 x 2 7/8. It’s 42 litres flat.
The summer of 2013, I was probably riding this board 5’11 to 6’0 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/4. This board is really the board that got me back on my feet after I got hurt. I took this thing to Africa and rode it all over South Africa. Had some great surfs on it. I made it right before I went in June and July (2014) and I came home and it worked just as good out at Lower’s (Lower Trestles). It’s just a really good [00:02:00] surfboard. One of the best hybrid boards I’ve ever had, this particular one here.
It’s a mess right now. All these boards I just pulled out of my board bag. They’ve all been stacked up and they look like hell.
Yeah, it’s pretty much a run of the mill V3 Rocket with the dims and the volume blown up to float me. I’m 94 kilos, just under 210 pounds.
What I like about the V3 is it’s got a real low entry but it’s got plenty of rail rocker under your front foot with a deep concave and it just makes the board really pivot and turn anywhere you want. It’s got a real aggressive release on the tail with a fairly thin tail block and you can kind of wind it up and fit it up into tight places and wrap it and carve it and surf it pretty darn aggressively for a board with a wider nose. It doesn’t have that super shortboardy nose.
This board works best from stomach high to a couple feet overhead. Great surfboard, great memories of surfing Africa on this thing this summer. Yeah, small J-Bay, Durban, all over Cape Town, you name it. It was great.
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