Matt “Mayhem” Biolos of …Lost Surfboards has a keen eye (and hand) for small wave “Average Joe” performance. His string of small wave dominators includes the Round Nose Fish, Blunt, Motivator, Plank and Uber Plank. The Bottom Feeder is his latest machine for small wave shredding while other surfers are punching the water or complaining about the wrong tide. The Bottom Feeder not only makes small wave surfing a blast for the less skilled of us in the water, it also excels as a small wave ripper for advanced surfers too.
Bottom Feeder Tech Specs
• Wide/Flat Nose Entry
• Flat to Vee Bottom Shape
• Powerful Tailblock for Generating Speed in Mush
• Quad Fin standard with Futures Boxes for Controller Fins
What We Like:
If you live in an area plagued with soft or small conditions, the Bottom Feeder is definitely a board to check out. In fact, after you get the board wired, you won’t even think of it as a plague anymore. The Bottom Feeder picked up where the …Lost Plank and Uber Plank started and now brings even more wave catching and performance to the table.
Compared to the Plank and Uber Plank, the Bottom Feeder has a slightly flatter entry rocker for better paddling and wave catching ability. The Bottom Feeder is also snappier in turns with a much more high performance feel, all while being just as easy and fun to surf. The Bottom Feeder makes small wave shortboard surfing incredibly fun. So fun that you’re smiling ear to ear when it’s only thigh high and others are bogging, complaining or not even suiting up at all. You can actually power surf waves that you wouldn’t even think of surfing before. The big wide tail loves to be pushed – HARD! You kind of wonder why everyone doesn’t have a board like this….
There seems to be two schools of thought on sizing these boards. The “Bros and Average Joes” are going bigger. These boards have flat bottoms with vee in the tail. This design can handle higher volumes and widths with ease – unlike concave boards. How big do you go? The bigger you go, the more waves you will catch and the smaller waves you can shred. Obviously you can go too big, but in general there is a tendency for all of us to ask ourselves “how small can I ride this thing?”, while all the while reducing your fun factor. In general 10-20% more float than your shortboard is a good starting point.
The Pros are taking these boards and sizing them small, like 5’0 and doing crazy disc-o moves, noserides and hard carves in average surf. The video of Mason Ho shredding his mini-Feeder is proof that this an all-ability Weapon of Mush Destruction. The smaller you go, the more maneuverable the board gets, but also the less waves you will catch and the more dependent the board will become on the surfer’s ability to perform in small waves. When in doubt….go bigger.
When you’re watching the Mason video, you’ll also see that’s he’s surfing the Bottom Feeder in waves you wouldn’t consider grovelers. This board has range outside its target -both for pros and bros. It’s an easy board to surf and that confidence carries up to head high as long as it’s not inside out and barreling. But where this board really lights a fire and separates itself from the pack is chest high down to barely breaking. You’ll have some of your best sessions when your friends shrug it off and don’t even paddle out.
What we don’t like:
The flatter nose rocker takes a few sessions to get used to, especially on late drops. Once you adjust, you come to really like it for paddle power and wave count. This board likes to be surfed a little further back than the Plank or Uber Plank, which is also why the board is snappier in the turns. We’ve tried it with other fins, but always come back to the Futures Controllers as the only ones that not only work, but work really good. Big tails need big fins and the Controllers pair up with the big tailblock to provide mega horsepower.
Why you want the Bottom Feeder:
The Bottom Feeder stokes you out and makes almost every day a good day. If you live on the East Coast or similar and don’t have a board like this in your quiver, your missing out on the fun.
Our latest board design for riding the smallest waves possible. A board that feeds and thrives off the bottom end of the wave spectrum. I was feeling held back a bit by the wide noses on the Plank and Uber-Plank, and wanted to make a board with more outline curve and no wings, something more elliptical. This board has a lower entry rocker than I have ever done and uses rolled belly to keep it from catching. The belly continues through the center but features a double concave sitting inside it. Which creates a tri-plane hull featuring a soft chine in the rail. This feeds water through the hull and gives it a feeling closer to a concave bottom board. The tail features enough rail rocker and hip to allow aggressive direction changes in tiny surf without losing speed. A am feeling outlines that are more and more clean, with less wings and fancy, trendy tail shapes. This board showcases that concept. It’s designed as a quad, but it can be made a 5 fin as well. I prefer it with Future Fin boxes and fiberglass “controller” fins.
The world’s funnest small wave board. Ride it short so people won’t think you are a long boarder trying to be a short boarder.