...Lost Mini Driver

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Trip Forman

The Mini Driver is a hybrid surfboard design with a fuller nose and more compact length based on the Driver rocker and foam flow.

The Rocket hybrid design was a home run for Matt Biolos and …Lost. If there’s a shortboard that is close to the Rocket, it would be the Scorcher with the flat entry and exaggerated tail rocker. The Driver shortboard has almost the reverse theory of design with more curve in the rocker up front and a flatter tail rocker. This favors back footed surfers and has been …Lost’s most popular shortboard this season. The Mini Driver is a hybrid design with a fuller nose and more compact length based on the Driver rocker and foam flow.

Mini Driver Tech Specs:
• Driver based hybrid design
• Slightly wider/flatter nose than Driver
• Round Pin with tri/quad 5-fin set up

What we like:
Hybrids are easy to surf and fun as $%^&*! They also have a very wide range of use as far as wave conditions go. The Mini Driver focuses it’s performance on good to best days. We like to think of it as a step up board that you actually get to use every week, rather than one time a year. The Mini will surf 2-foot slop if you need it to and that’s a lot to ask of board that will destroy draining barrels and overhead sets. The 5-fin set up really helps widen the range of the board. The tri works perfectly for tube time while the quad makes the board far more playful on open faces. Huge arcs and roundhouses are a blast with the quad set up.

What we don’t like:
If you never try the quad, you might be disappointed in flatter faced waves regardless of how big they are. The board has a good bit of foam in the middle third of the board and really likes the quad to light it up.

Why you want the Mini Driver:
You surf primarily hybrids and want a board that is tuned for better days.


Mini Driver in Firewire FST Construction

Firewire FST construction is an excellent choice if you are looking for a little extra ding resistance in your next Mini Driver. The high density materials on both the top and bottom deck as well as the Balsa rails will hold up to dents and dings much longer than a regular PU/Poly board. This makes FST construction an excellent choice if you are tough on your gear or spend lots of time traveling.

Of course there are lots of “stronger-than-a-poly” constructions available, but through years of testing and proof, Firewire is definitely a leader in the pack with plenty of top pros using their FST sticks every day.

**The strength characteristics that make FST a very tempting choice also allow you to use your Firewire for performance kitesurfing because they hold up so well to heel dents!

6 Response(s) to ...Lost Mini Driver

  • Toby says:

    Ken,

    Certainly you ask for a tall amount from one board. The good news is that there are shapes out there which can handle this style of range. They include the Lost Mini-Driver, the Roberts Dreamcatcher and the Lost V3 Rocket.

    All of these boards possess the quality to step-up on better days but the depth of design to grovel when needed. Relatively speaking they all fit a slightly different balance point between grovel and good so it will be a sensible idea to really think about the realities of the surf you have and adjust to make sure you have the best coverage of the average.

    Lost Mini-Driver: The Mini-Driver is probably my pick from these 3 as it really does step into great days well. In my opinion it's the most high performance of them all but there have been some pretty shoddy days when I have been surprised at how much speed I could generate. Lower entry rocker and a fuller nose start the board.. It has a light single concave for speed and then you have the signature rounded pin/ thumb tail to give you bite and hold for the larger days. You can surf these boards short as they have plenty of width per height and a good amount of foam under the chest. I would recommend the 6'1 to 6'3 for the best all round performance across the board.

    http://www.realwatersports.com/lost-mini-driver-6-3-green-yellow

    Lost V3 Rocket: The Rocket steps down a little in performance from the Mini-Driver so this would be your more average wave board (if it is more regularly poor than good). The wider nose and lower entry rocker make wave catching easy and the paddle speed really good. Overall the board is flatter and this does not do as well in the bigger stuff. This is counteracted however by a great double wing diamond tail which will really allow for those corking arcs. Suggestion for size below.

    http://www.realwatersports.com/lost-v3-rocket-6-0

    Roberts Dreamcatcher: The Roberts Dreamcatcher is basically right in between the V3 and Mini-Driver when it comes to range. It can handle good but the wider nose has all the abilities to grovel when you need it to. I would say after riding this board that it is the one for you. Again you can ride a little smaller to stay nimble and attacking the lip. Suggestion below.

    http://www.realwatersports.com/roberts-dreamcatcher-6-0-blue

    Let me know what your thoughts are. If you find you have more info about your style then please send it over and I can help you find the best board for your needs.

    All the best,
    Toby.

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

  • Ken says:

    Heloha,
    I'm looking for a one board quiver for the northeast. I'm 43, 5'10" and 170lbs. I've been surfing since '90, I have adequate boarding skills and am physically fit. Problem is, I don't live at the beach anymore. I live in PA and when I get a chance to surf descent waves, I go. If its over knee/waist high I'm paddling out, although I prefer it bigger. I surf mostly OC, Md. but end up in De and NJ as well.
    I want high wave count and SPEED most of all. I do enjoy a big gouge as well. Think Occy's style of surfing, love it!
    I like the groveler idea when it's small, but want to be able to "surf" when it gets better.
    All of this, with only one board ;)
    Any ideas?
    Thanks, Ken

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  • daniel says:

    Hi.
    I have the minidriver in 6,0 firewire. What fins fcs quad recommended for this board.

    Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:29 am

  • Toby says:

    Dear Daniel,

    Considering your situation, there are a few questions which will help me choose your fins more accurately than just going for a carpet bomb approach.

    1) How much do you weigh.

    2) What does your Mini-Driver do for you (Step-Up, Everyday shortboard, Pointbreak board, travel quiver etc..)

    3) What type of waves are you typically surfing?

    4) What kind of surfing are you doing... long drawn out, snappy, airs etc.?

    I actually have the Mini-Driver in a 5'11 and have ridden it exclusively with the Julien Wilson fins. FCS JW-1. These are a tri-set and I love the way the board holds well with the round tail yet you can still crank some very vertical turns.

    As far as the best quad set then I would suggest the Simon Andersen Fins. These are a classic set and really offer some of the best carving you can get.

    Realistically I can offer you better advice once I have the answers to these questions and we can go from there.

    All the best,
    Toby.

    Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  • Toby says:

    Daniel,

    Many thanks for the update and I have highlighted the fin set below which I feel will work for you well.

    These fins are the Stretch SF4 5 Fin set.

    From a technical perspective they are some of the most user friendly and versatile fins that we have. The slightly lower height versus base and width means that the fins are more drifty through turns and allow for less of a sticky feel.

    They drive really well due to the continued width through the fin as you head towards the tip. As a consequence to this also you are looking at a more vertical approach.

    http://www.realwatersports.com/fcs-sf4-st3-pc-stretch-5-fin-set

    Let me know if these are a set that you are interested in and I can take care of the order for you.

    All the best.
    Toby.

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  • daniel says:

    Thanks Toby
    My weight is 78kg I use this board as my step up(2xoverhead max). My everyday shortboard is chubby chedda 5,10.
    I use in the minidriver k2.1trifin and asher pacey quad find. But these fins are very tracky and founds the board very slow
    where i live is impossible to test before buying the fins.
    Sorry for my english

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

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