A small wave shortboard designed with the help of Shane Beschen produced by Lost Enterprises.
lostenterprises.com/prod/view_surfboards.php Here's the description of the board from the Lost website: A runaway success! The most positive reaction to a new model since the original Round Nose Fish! Originally shaped … see full wiki
I've been looking for this surfboard for a long time. The search for the magic board is endless and I think I've found my small wave magic board. Currently I'm riding a 5'11" 19 5/8" 2 3/8" Rocket. I can't really explain the details of why this board works as well it does but here's a youtube video that does from the shaper Matt Biolos and shows you how it performs in waves.
Here's my experience with this board: Float: I normally ride a 6'4" shortboard and I'm riding this 5 inches shorter. I think it always helps to know how much shorter people are riding boards in relation to their shortboard since these new designs tend to be hard to judge in terms of it's ability to float you well. From the wiki section, they say people are riding these things up to 8 inches shorter which I think is pretty much the guys who weight like 140 lbs. The big guys like me will appreciate the extra buoyancy. I find that this board floats me perfectly at 5 inches shorter.
Catching Waves: There is a low entry rocker(basically no curve of the board towards the nose) which flattens out the entry section of the board making it easier to get in. This board is especially good at catching waves which lends to it's reputation as an amazing small wave board.
Speed on the wave: This is where it gets a little tricky. The board is extremely fast but the design of this board has a lot of tail rocker(the curve at the tail of the board is exaggerated) which makes the board extremely easier to turn since you have less of the board on the water when you are turning. Well the tail rocker sometimes bogs when you're a weight is towards the tail. I've had to adjust my surfing a little to make sure I'm conscious of the weight I put on my back foot. This is a small price to pay for the ability to turn on a dime.
Turning on the wave: I touched on this earlier but this thing turns like a swivel. It's extremely responsive and does exactly what you want it to do on a wave. Considering this is designed for a small wave, that's saying a lot since small waves don't really give you much to work with most of the time. If you take a look at the image of the board you'll notice the tail is really odd looking. This is a first for me. It comes to two points with a rounded bottom. Somthing about this tail give the board a really loose feel. Material: The board I have is standard PU(polyurethane). I believe that Placebo surfboards makes an epoxy version of this board that I've heard good things about. Lately, I've been moving away from epoxy boards because they are too light for my fat butt.
Preferred Wave Heights: I found that this board doesn't perform as well from waist high and below. I'm not sure what it is but it does need a little something to go. You typically I think want a softer wave in the waist to head high. I think this thing would do really well at a point break where you have long walls to make really big turns and cut backs. This is coming from a guy who's a little heavier so your mileage may vary.
I definitely recommend this board and there is a really good reason why this board is so high in demand. This thing is sick! If you keep an eye out on craigslist you'll see these things pop up from time to time.