Life Between Magic Boards: Biolos' Personal Faves

After designing four of last year's Magic Boards, Lost shaper Matt "Mayhem" Biolos took some time to talk to about what works for him out in the lineup. Biolos shaped the winning boards for Carissa Moore (HAW) at Margaret River and Bells and for Tyler Wright (AUS) at Huntington Beach and France. Mayhem uses the Sub-Scorcher himself, but in this new series by The Inertia he reveals three other models that feel good under his own feet.

Board Breakdown: Matt Biolos
Star shaper Matt "Mayhem" Biolos reveals some of his design strategies.

Even now, hundreds of surfboards later, I get giddy when I pick up a new shape for the first time. I want to know how it will feel under my feet as I glide down the line. My mind races with images of taking a drop at X wave, turning hard in Y conditions, racing a punchy section at Z beach break. But I'm not a shaper. And, while I have learned an awful lot about surfboard design, I wanted to tap into the immense and constantly evolving knowledge base of these masters of foam and resin. So I found a few shapers who are as tapped into knowledge as they can be, and I asked to simply describe what they're riding and how it will work for an everyday surfer in the water. No product pitches. New board not required. The board in question need not even be under their label. Just describe your favorite board as a surfer talking to a friend who does not have a wealth of shaping knowledge and experience.

Then I was fortunate to catch up with one of my long-time favorite shapers, Matt Biolos, founder and co-owner of …Lost Surfboards. Much to my delight, Matt over-delivered, talking through his full go-to quiver, starting with a brand new model, the Lost Puddle Jumper. Then Matt moved up the wave range to his hybrid, the V3 Rocket, his “pointy nose shortboard”, the Sub Scorcher 2 and finally his reliable step up, the …Lost Mini Gun. I was so engaged (and frothing); I tried to sneak out the door with the three boards I hadn't already ridden… so here, in all its glory, is Matt Biolos's go-to quiver and exactly what he loves about each one of them.

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