This hotly anticipated new shortboard has proven to be as just as comfortable under the feet of the ‘domesticated’ surfer as the travelling pro. Initially a board Matt created for himself, after being ribbed by his team riders to “Get off those fun-boards of yours, and ride a real board”. Matt set about building a high performance shortboard that would allow him to compete for waves in crowds and also let him surf as easily (and hopefully more radically) as he does on his most trusted hybrids. Here’s what Matt says about the V2 Shortboard: “Starting with what I considered to be our best hybrid, the V2-Rocket, I stretched the outline into a pointy, yet conservative, nose and blended the Rocket tail into a wide-ish, smooth squash. The exceedingly low entry rocker, along with a continuous and generous tail lift, made for a board that paddled well and caught waves with ease, but turned tight and precise in the pocket. It features a similar foil and rails as its predecessor and continues to have slight double concave deck under the rear foot (which really ‘locks’ the surfer into place). My initial results on the first, ‘Domesticated’, version were so good that I ended up surfing these boards, daily, for months on-end, without feeling the need to hop back onto any of my so called ‘cheater’ boards”. Assuming it would work for the team also, we instantly began downsizing the design to ‘pro’ volume, and got them out to the boys.
Assuming it would work for the team also, Matt instantly began downsizing the design to ‘Pro’ volume, and got them out to the some of the boys. Not happy with winning the VQS National Champs at Newport, Taylor Clark used his first V2-Shortboard to win both the NSSA Mens National Title at Huntington Beach and the U-18 US Champs Title at Lowers. Griffin Colapinto nailed both The U-16 US Champs, and the NSSA Boys Title at Huntington, on his first V2 SB as well. After these very exciting results Matt was keen to get the V2-SB under the feet of some of the top international pros. This resulted in Julian Wilson ripping on a V2 at the US Open, and Alejo Muniz scored his US Open victory on one as well. A week after the Open, Malia Manuel decimated a stacked field of women’s WCT surfers at the SuperGirl 6-Star, at Oceanside on her first V2-Shortboard.
The full range of Lost, including the Lost V2 Shortboard surfboard, is available at Boardshop: http://www.boardshop.co.uk/