Pelagic Fish Tech Specs:
1. Sidecut Between Your Feet
2. DEEP Concave for Lift, Incredible Speed and Easy Planing
3. Low Centerline Rocker for Glide, Drive and Paddling
4. Healthy Rail Rocker through Center of Board
5. Super Swallow Tail Design for Added Bite and Positive Feel
What We Like:
…Lost started the super shortboard revolution with the original Round Nose Fish in 1995. Back then, everyone was riding 6’2 potato chips that were super thin and narrow. …Lost was going almost a foot shorter at 5’5 x 19.25. People thought they were crazy. Look what everyone is riding today…
Now it’s 2012 and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos isn’t resting on the massive momentum the brand has going. Constantly tinkering with new designs (and snowboarding when the powder dumps) he decided to pursue outline sidecut as a potential new avenue for surfboard performance. After 4 years of R&D, …Lost releases their new Pelagic Fish.
The outline isn’t as extreme as you would think, but the sidecut is definitely noticeable when you look closely. All the design components totally make sense, and due to the sidecut, produce a combination of these designs that previously haven’t been attainable. Biolos is one of a limited number of people who have ridden the design so far and he is stoked on it 110%, considering it one of his favorite boards ever. Incredibly fast, easy to paddle, loose in the pocket. Who wouldn’t like that?
What We Don’t Like:
This design is essentially as radical as the very first Round Nose Fish back in 1995. Just like back then it may take a while for people to warm up to the concept, or it may not. The current surf world seems warmer to new ideas, shapes or constructions.
Why You Want a Pelagic Fish:
You want to go fast AND vertical. You like fish designs, but want to push the limits with what’s possible. Just like the original Round Nose Fish, the Pelagic has a huge range of use.
“After four years of tweaking and testing this most radical of fish designs we are proud to finally announce its release. Pelagic species are known as “The fastest, most stream lined and agile of all open ocean fish”. With a lifetime of snowboarding, I have always been intrigued with the concept of side cut outline as applied to surfboards. Side cuts in surfboard outlines are not new. The concept has been dabbled with for decades.
In the spring of 2008, I saw an old “Bill Caster” surfboard (with a particularly interesting version of side cut) hanging on a wall. It immediately caught my attn. I returned home and begin to play with curves and come up with my first prototype. In surfboards, everything is balance. Curvy rockers need to balance with straighter outlines and curvy outlines need flatter rockers. These principles became very apparent in the development of the Pelagic.
Beginning with a fairly standard RNF template, we added a point at 12” from the tail and carved a reverse, side-cut, outline from there forward, into the wide point just above center. This effectively creates a reversed curve outline between the riders stance.To balance the negative outline curve, we have added a tremendous amount of rail rocker through the center of the board. The final component is a very low, straight and fast centerline rocker, which cuts a massively deep concave through the rail rocker.
-A low centerline rocker paddles, glides and drives down the line.
-A deep concave (a result of the extreme rail rocker) provides lift, incredible speed and planes easily at low speeds.
- A curvy rail rocker keeps it very loose and easy to turn.
- A wide tail, with angled “super” swallow, adds some bite and feels positive behind your rear foot in carves and cut backs.
All of this works together to give the Pelagic performance characteristics like a well tuned snowboard on groomed corduroy. The Pelagic loves to be surfed on the rail and initiates turns from the center of the board, like a pivot point straight down your center of stance. When putting this board on a rail, the generous rail rocker allows very tight radius arcs up the face, or off the top, while the side cut in the outline “locks” into the face, or lip, giving a precise, slicing...sensation. Carving in bowling sections and fin free lip turns feel more positive and possible than you would imagine on a “fish” type surfboard design. Primarily developed as a quad fin, but is equally effective as a thruster.” - Matt “Mayhem” Biolos