SURFING Blog: Get (A) Lost

This is the line-up shot. Imagine if your quiver looked something like this...
This is the line-up shot. Imagine if your quiver looked something like this...

We have this impulse to put our hands all over new surfboards, and hold them at odd angles, and say Hmmm, and Ahhhh, and to look contemplative as though we see meaning in the curves. It’s an absurd little dance and we do not resist it.

Last week that impulse drove us to visit Lost Surfboards at their San Clemente warehouse, but to no avail — locked door, empty office. Drat. Yesterday we tried again, and this time the boys were there and were quite good-natured about letting us walk around their workspace, touching their stuff and spouting ignorant dreck about surfboards. Steve, Trevor, Johnny and Andy hung out and answered questions about the newest Lost models and told us funny, unprintable stories about a Hawaiian surf legend.

The warehouse resembles an enormous wine cellar, but with Mayhems in lieu of Merlot. Hundreds of boards are stacked floor to 30-foot ceiling in a trellis, with Post-Its stuck on to indicate each board’s destination: some say “HB” and “NB” (for the Jack’s Surfboards shops in Huntington and Newport); others say “stock” or “blemish/demo;” some carry more recognizable names like CJ Hobgood and Sterling Spencer. Some are shaped for team riders who forgot to pick them up, so there they sit idle. The used board rack (it’s a pile, really) is all trade-ins from Luke Davis, Kolohe Andino, Andrew Doheny, Dean Randazzo, the Hobgoods and many more.

Both of SURFING’s photo editors just got new Scorchers from Lost, and our online editor has four Scorchers, and damn, let’s all get a Scorcher.

Johnny Thunderfoot is probably 6'4''. He's a big teddy bear. Just don't drop in on him.
Johnny Thunderfoot is probably 6'4''. He's a big teddy bear. Just don't drop in.
One of Cory Lopez's new sticks. A 6'0 x 18.38 x 2.18 Whiplash. US Open board of choice? We'll see.
One of Cory Lopez's new sticks. A 6'0 x 18.38 x 2.18 Whiplash. US Open board of choice? We'll see.
Trevor Traut is the man in charge of ordering up your next magic board. Here he is, hard at work.
Trevor Traut is the man in charge of ordering up your next magic board. Here he is, hard at work.
CJ Hobgood trade-ins. Another beauty waiting to be rebirthed.
CJ Hobgood trade-ins. Another beauty waiting to be rebirthed.
...Lost Surfboards have always utilized the latest and greatest in technology. Matt Biolas was one of the first to implement alternative materials and concepts into board design. This board has a dual stringer with regular poly foam. It's called the Sub Scorcher - made for small waves - which make up a majority of our surfs here in Southern California. It's 5'7 x 19 x 2 1/4.
...Lost Surfboards have always utilized the latest and greatest in technology. Matt Biolas was one of the first to implement alternative materials and concepts into board design. This board has a dual stringer with regular poly foam. It's called the Sub Scorcher - made for small waves - which make up a majority of our surfs here in Southern California. It's 5'7 x 19 x 2 1/4.