...Lost LayZboy

Posted on August 1, 2013 by Trip Forman

The LayZboy may be the easiest shortboard to surf ever. Plus you don’t need to be lazy to surf it, you just need to be hungry for fun.

Married, kids and a mortgage payment? …Lost released their new Domesticated Series this year to custom tailor a line of boards to your specific needs…REALITY! You have a limited amount of days and hours to surf and you want to maximize them. Three boards make up this series : The Couch Potato, LayZboy and V2 Stub. The LayZboy features an elliptical outline, higher volumes and a 5-fin set up. This board has an incredibly wide range of use for both surfers and conditions, plus it’s EASY to surf! REALITY is sounding pretty nice right now…

LayZboy Tech Specs
• Elliptical outline
• Higher volume
• Flat to slight vee/double concave bottom
• 5-fin set up

What we like:
After surfing this board for three months, we can tell you is does work in everything from 6mm wetsuit knee high grovelers to overhead, softer points and inside/outside reforms. The LayZboy may be the easiest shortboard to surf ever. You can be “on your game” and it surfs well. You can also be completely “off your game” and you will still have a good session on this board. The “LB” design features a really long “sweet spot” that allows you to take off or stand literally anywhere on the board and still have it turn and go fast. This is great if you miss your footing on takeoff or if you want to highline trim with style during part of your ride then step back and snap a tighter turn. This board likes speed, big carves back into the pocket and has enough volume and glide to start all over again from a dead stop after a big wrap. The range is also really impressive. Yes you can find a better low-end groveler or high-end shortboard, but a board so fun and easy throughout this entire range definitely needs attention.

Most of the LBs come stock with a 5-fin set up and really like the Futures Controller style fin set up in a quad configuration. This gives the board a ton of drive off the bottom. When you’re surfing the LB in challenging conditions, either too hollow, too big, choppy or all three and find yourself going super fast with dwindling control, inserting the 5th “finger fin” in the center box brings it back under control with a really positive feel. We initially thought this was a gimmick, but it does add range and control to a board that at times look totally out of place in those conditions. Definitely easier traveling with a 5th fin compared to a second board.

What we don’t like:
Reading the top of this review, you might think the LayZboy does everything, but as we all know, you have to sacrifice something. The LB is pretty flat rockered and also thick to the rail, so super hollow waves and quick snaps off the top are on the chopping block for what has to give. If you surf it full time, you will find how to overcome this, mainly by using the finger fin, getting in early and shifting way to the tail for your hard snaps. The LB is about speed, drive, control and FLOW through the entire length of the wave. If you like finishing your wave rather than a few ultra hard snaps then this is definitely a board to check out.

The name “LayZboy”, also tends to trip people out, thinking they have to be lazy in order to want it. Who wants to be lazy right?! Rather than feeling “lazy”, think about how comfortable you feel reclined in the board’s namesake. That’s the smooth feeling this board delivers in the water. If they were naming it after the surfer, they would have called it the “Hungry Man” or the “Fun Thief”, both names centered around how much fun you want to have with limited H20 time.

Why you want the LayZboy:
You want to have FUN every session with wave counts and surf range comparable to a longboard but with much more maneuverability and speed.

18 Response(s) to ...Lost LayZboy

  • Trip says:

    Looks a lot like the Firewire Sweet Potato and Baked Potato boards from Dan Mann. Hope it ride as good. Wondering if its made in a much more durable construction.

    Posted on September 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  • Trip says:

    Aloha,

    Thanks for your question. Yes these boards (Couch Potato and LayZboy) would fall in the same category as Firewire Sweet and Baked Potato, although they are updated designs with regards to performance and wave range.

    For added durability over standard PU/Poly, both the Couch Potato and LayZBoy are available in C3 Cork Carbon, and also Hydroflex Natural and SuperCharger constructions.

    Great two board quiver for ankle mush to overhead waves, both offering very similar ride characteristics, so easy transition from one to another and back.
    - Trip

    Posted on September 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  • shayne says:

    Hi Trip,
    5'10" will be the one.
    Regards,
    Shayne

    Posted on August 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

  • Trip says:

    Shayne,
    I'm 6'2 x 215lbs and ride a 6'0 LB, even with full winter wetsuit on. If you like the volumes on your other boards, then you should definitely go 5'10, which would be 2" up from your BF and 2" down from your Stub - especially if you go C3 which will make it lighter and float even a little better. Enjoy! - Trip

    Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  • Shayne says:

    Yo Trip,
    Cool review again,my C3 stub works well and I weigh 177 pounds, and 5'9" tall,i think I'm safe with a 6'2" lazy boy.
    Call ya in a few weeks to place the gig.FCS 2 all the way....
    and thank you for the all the trouble for the plugs and the the amazing mr. drewtang!
    Regards,
    Shayne

    Posted on August 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  • Bido says:

    Excellent review. You nailed it. This board does everything a HP short board can do in thigh to a little overhead surf and does it faster and smoother. I cant believe how this board grovels in junk but will go right off the lip in the pocket on better days. I've surfed it in chest to shoulder high hollow beach break also and had no problems, it stays right in the high line when asked... My daily driver is getting dusty to be honest.

    Ps Shayne--6'2" is waaaay too big for your weight and weight. I'm 6'0 180 lbs and ride a 5'8" stock lazy boy. It's got alot of volume in the nose and mid section, but tapers at the rails.

    Posted on August 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  • Shayne says:

    Thank you Bido,
    Have been thinking about that.I have a 5'8" BF stock dims.so am thinking 6'0 same as my C3 6'0" V2 stub.
    Many thanks,

    Posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  • ag says:

    5'7" 150 lbs. what size do you suggest? this seems like a great option for me to transition out of a longboard??.

    Posted on October 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  • Johnny says:

    The last time I sat on a lazy boy I was so high that I got stuck.

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

  • GREG says:

    Howzit,
    This looks cool and fun, so forgive me for being a skeptic, but I surf the upper gulf coast in Texas where our typical surf is mushy knee to waist with multi directional bumps and chop. Shoulder often is very short. If the wave lines up suddenly you need to get down the line faster than the wave let's you. Flat rocker is definitely a must. I've found if you want to surf frequently 8-10ft board is a about the only option. Only the very talented Texas raised shortboarder can get more than a whitewater ride. Days with great form are often knee to waist. The big days are usually peaky, sloppy and the paddle out a victory at sea event. I'd be happy to review one on TexasSurf.net since I always get questions about best board for here. Frequently older guys that used to surf somewhere else in their youth on shortboards. Moved to TX for job/financial reasons acquired the wife, family and quite a few pounds since their 20's. I'd love to be able to tell them they could ride a board under 8' and get more than whitewater or an occasional luck turn on the shoulder.

    Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  • Crukstrom says:

    Very good board review. Nicely done. Pros AND cons, that's what I like.

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  • Trip says:

    Greg

    Thanks for your email. I hear what your saying. Small, choppy, sloppy, wrong tide, short rides, confused, or big, current, etc. Looking at all the scenarios, I would never own a pointed nose "shortboard" and expect to use it there, but then again I'm a realist and you are too.

    All the conditions you mentioned are all conditions I would have previously ridden my longboard, or skipped entirely, but now ride my LayZboy and have a blast. Since I got my LayZBoy in April I think I've only ridden my longboard 4 times, where normally I would have ridden it over a 100 times by now. Big change for sure.

    Our shipping manager Zack Johnson also has a LayZboy (he has the Cork/Carbon C3 version) and is also an avid longboarder. He's noticing the same thing, less longboarding, more LayZBoy, plus he surfs EVERY DAY. Doesn't matter how small, how big, how nasty, whatever. Lunchtime? He's out there, no questions asked.

    Specifically for Texas, in short period wind waves, I'd rather have a shorter board like the LayZboy than a longer board that didn't really fit into the wave all that well. I didn't really know this until I had the LayZboy and surfed it. Prior to that I just made my longboard work and it did work better than a high performance shortboard, but not like the LayZboy.

    Let me know your height and weight and I'll make a size recommendation for you for those conditions. Due to the flat to vee bottom you can ride'em big but they never surf "big", always turning easy and rolling off the vee.

    Trip

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  • Trip says:

    Alex

    Thanks for your questions.

    The LayZBoy is definitely a good choice to transition off of, or to compliment a longboard, because it paddles and catches waves super easy, and has a huge sweet spot allowing you to stand anywhere on the board (like your longboard). The LayZboy also has a ton of built in "glide". This makes it one of the easiest, if not THE easiest transition from a longboard we've ever tried.

    At 5'7 x 150lbs, you be looking at anything from 5'4 up to 5'11 LayZboys working for you depending on your ability and surf conditions. Unlike concave boards that fight you if mis-sized, vee bottom'ed boards like the LayZboy allow you multiple sizes that will work for you without feeling "big" since the boards rolls off the vee bottom. 5'4 up to 5'8 would be more advanced and take a bit to grow into. 5'10 and 5'11 would be spot on as a good transition off your longboard, allowing you easy wave catching and the ability to still duck dive the board. I really like these two sizes for you because they will give you really good paddling/wave catching but not too thick for your weight. Anything 6'0 or over would catch a ton of waves, but at 2.75 thick you will have a much harder time duck diving or sinking the rail during turns.

    Here's a link where you can check out our LayZboys in stock. We have a full run in stock 5'4 up to 6'8: http://www.realwatersports.com/gear/surfing/surfboards/lost-surfboards?cat=350

    You can reach us at the shop with any additional questions or to place your order.

    Thanks Alex.

    Trip

    Posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

  • Amy says:

    hey I'm about 5'4" weigh about 51 kgs, i currently surf a 5'6" performance fish, but the rails are really thin and it lacks some volume so its really hard to paddle.I normally surf punchy beach breaks from waist high to head high. I'd like a board with a bit more volume so i can get my wave count up. What size LZB would you recommend for me? or any other recommendations ?
    thanks

    Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  • John-Michael says:

    I'm 6'4" 215lbs riding in South Carolina thigh to waist high mostly. What size LZB would you recommend. Or would you recommend something else in the domesticated series that would work better for my size and conditions?
    thanks.

    Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  • Trip says:

    John-Michael,

    If I was you, I'd be looking at Couch Potato rather than LayZboy, especially if you really want the board to perform in thigh to waist high surf. We're the same weight and I always ride my Couch Potato in those type of conditions. The LayZboy will work, but the Couch Potato is faster and looser in the super small stuff.

    Sizewize, it really depends on the sizing of your other boards that you like. I ride my CP at 42 liters, so stock that would be a 6'0. Other surfers our weight are riding this board anywhere from 40liters (advanced level) up to 46 liters (bros and longboard converts), so that puts the range 5'11 - 6'2. The design encourages you to ride it big, as extra foam doesn't hinder the turning and control, just makes it glide further and go faster.

    I'm at the shop all week if you have any questions or would like to get an order going. Glad to help you pick the right size and construction. We have a really good selection of Couch Potatoes in stock 5'0 up to 6'2 here:

    http://www.realwatersports.com/gear/surfing/surfboards/lost-surfboards?cat=351

    Thx - Trip

    Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  • Toby says:

    Amy,

    Stoked you want to get out on the water with the ...Lost LayZBoy. They are an amazing board and offer some of the best small - mid wave performance of any board I have ridden within this shape genre.

    Considering your needs, weight and skill level I would suggest the 5'3 or 5'4. These boards have plenty of volume for some great wave catching and will offer you some really great low-end performance.

    Should you wish to solely surf waist to head high beach breaks and intend to not use the board for any grovelling then I would suggest the Lost V2 Rocket or the Roberts White Diamond. Both these boards offer more characteristics which lend themselves to beach breaks with some punch. The great news however is they also deliver solid small wave performance.

    Should there need to be an element of grovel in there for the smaller days then you can't go wrong with the LayZBoy.

    Here are some useful links for you.
    Lost V2 Rocket - http://www.realwatersports.com/news/lost-v2-rocket/
    Roberts White Diamond - http://www.realwatersports.com/news/roberts-white-diamond-2/

    All the best.
    Toby.

    Posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  • Brian says:

    Trip, I am looking at the Lazy Boy as a possible option to add to the quiver. I currently ride a 5'8" channel island The Pod, but want something to kick around when it's a little mushier or I am weighted down by wetsuit, or just don't have paddle power. The Pod is great, but I do miss some waves that I knew I should have caught... Looking for something a little more forgiving. I am 5'9" and fluctuate between 165 - 173lbs. What size would you recommend? I was thinking 5'6" - 5'8". thanks! - Brian

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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