Lost Puddle Jumper Lib Tech MBC 5'5"

by Lost • SKU LIB165912132
$739.99
5'5" x 20.5" x 2.38" Vol: 30.5L
Fin System: FCS
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Board Details

SKU LIB165912132
Length 5'5"
Width 20.5"
Thickness 2.38"
Volume 30.5L
Construction Lib Tech MBC
Tail Squash
Fin System FCS
Fin Setup Tri/Quad
Fins Not Included
Tail Patch Yes

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Lost Lib Tech Puddle Jumper Surfboard

Lost Lib Tech Puddle Jumper

...Lost teamed up with Lib Tech to produce a durable, eco friendly version of their best-selling small wave shredder, the Puddle Jumper.


Dimensions

5'1" x 19.50" x 2.25" | 25.5
5'3" x 20.00" x 2.32" | 28.0
5'5" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 30.5
5'7" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 33.9
5'9" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 37.65
5'11" x 22.00" x 2.75" | 41.75
6'1" x 22.50" x 2.80" | 44.0

From the Shaper

"Since I first saw Lib Tech's ECO-ISO construction, I wanted to build a board with it."

Matt "Mayhem" Biolos

The REAL Deal

Lost Lib Tech Puddle Jumper

...Lost teamed up with Lib Tech to produce a durable, eco friendly version of their best-selling small wave shredder, the Puddle Jumper.


Lost Lib Tech Puddle Jumper Surfboard

Dimensions

5'1" x 19.50" x 2.25" | 25.5
5'3" x 20.00" x 2.32" | 28.0
5'5" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 30.5
5'7" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 33.9
5'9" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 37.65
5'11" x 22.00" x 2.75" | 41.75
6'1" x 22.50" x 2.80" | 44.0

From the Shaper

"Since I first saw Lib Tech's ECO-ISO construction, I wanted to build a board with it."

Matt "Mayhem" Biolos

The REAL Deal


Lib Tech has been making surfboards for a few years now. While the construction is groundbreaking, the shapes needed a bit of work to catch up to the build technology. With the collaboration of Matt "Mayhem" Biolos of ...Lost Surfboards and Mike Olson of Lib Tech, that "bit of work to catch up" has just been realized producing a performance surfboard that exceeds the "ding dang dung" durability specs of anything out there.

Lib Tech Lost Puddle Jumper In Action Trip Forman testing the ...Lost Lib Tech Puddle Jumper

Tech specs:
•Full outline hybrid design
•Flatter rocker for easy paddling and glide
•Concave bottom shape
•Winger squash tail
•5-fin original FCS compatible fin set up

What We Like

To start off, we received this board just a day prior to boarding the plane to Las Flores Surf Club in El Salvador. The land of the perfect right points, combined with a less than average surf forecast, was the perfect place to dial this board in and get a good feel for it. Even with “less than average waves” by locals' standards, we still scored a few waves in the 300 yard range. The length of the rides and tracking capabilities of the Rip Curl GPS Surf Watch watch helped us dial in the fin set ups and sweet spot of the board.
Rip Curl GPS Surf Watch Trip Forman tracking his session with the Rip Curl GPS Surf Watch

Regarding the design, the Lib Tech …Lost Puddle Jumper is a replica of a proven small wave performer with a slight change to the tail shape. The winger gives the board a nice snappy release off the top of the wave. The range on this board starts anywhere from ankle high with an advanced surfer to knee high with surfers of intermediate level. On the upper end, we surfed this board up to barreling chest high, and also on flatter faced point waves that had a head high takeoff. With the long flatter rocker, it will feel a touch sticky in the rounder stuff, but actually handled better than we thought it would, especially when the sneaker sets showed up.
Lib Tech vs Poly
The Puddle Jumper likes to be surfed with your back foot on the pad. This is different than the RV and LayZboy, where you can surf it from literally anywhere on the board. With your back foot on the pad of the Puddle Jumper, it has a fast and pivoty feel in the turns. The wing, combined with the extra rail rocker created by the concave bottom shape allow for tight snaps for a board this grovel oriented. The combo of wide outline and flat rocker also make it a wave catching machine. Whether it’s small or mushy (any size) surf, this is a good “go to” board in your quiver.

The Lib Tech construction has a nice feel to it on and off the water. The board is relatively light, but not too light to lose momentum in choppy conditions. It also absorbs vibration well with a nice damp feel when the onshores and chop pick up. “Does it float you more?” is a popular question. Anything lighter with the same volume, floats more, so it does have a touch more float than what the volume indicates, but not so much more that you’re going to ride it smaller than you would in a PU/Poly construction. Keep that micro percentage of extra float in your hip pocket for extra wave count, glide, or sporting your full 5mm uniform with ease in the winter. All around the “feel” on the water and float were both good in our books.

Insider Info


thruster
We got to surf this board in nearly perfect point break conditions (for this type of board). That meant smaller and slopey with sections that need speed in order to connect them. When trying different fin set ups, we experimented with thruster, quad, 2+1 and quad with knubster. We found the thruster to be noticeably slower, suitable for tight pocket surfing but not so good for making sections or generating a ton of speed.
quad
We switched to quad set up and the board immediately lit up with more speed and noticeably less drag. The only negative we found with this set up was when you're bringing the board around in a big roundhouse and sticking it back up into the lip. Sometimes the board would "stick" flat and not allow you that extra vertical turn right when you need it, sending you straight into the lip (at the waist ...hahaha).
quad plus knub
We cured this same scenario on the ...Lost Couch Potato by adding a small knubster center fin. On the Lib Tech Lost Puddle Jumper you can do the same.
Two Plus One
The last fin set we tried was the classic MR TFX twinny plus trailer. This had more speed than the thruster but less than the quad. It had close to the pivot of the thruster, and also no "flat spin" of the quad. We really liked this fin set up in the Vernor Double Barrel Shotgun with its similar winger tail and it worked well on the winged squash of the Puddle Jumper as well, providing the good characteristics of both thruster and quad combined into one package.
The adjustability of the Lib Tech fin system allows you to fine tune any of these set ups. By positioning the fin cluster tighter together, you make the board looser and more maneuverable. By opening up the fin cluster, you add drive and more hold in longer drawn out turns. This means you can not only tune your fins to the conditions and your preference, it also means that one set of fins will provide you with more range.

Why You Want This Board

You want a proven small wave performer in a proven durable construction. This boards makes all of your small/mushy wave surfing fun and the peace of mind of extreme ding resistance is AWESOME!

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Lost Puddle Jumper Surfboard

Lost Puddle Jumper

The …Lost Puddle Jumper is Mayhem’s new small wave hybrid featuring a Bottom Feeder inspired outline with a more lifty concave bottom shape.


Dimensions

Stock Dimensions

4'10" x 19.00" x 2.25" | 23.50
5'0" x 19.50" x 2.32" | 25.90
5'2" x 20.00" x 2.38" | 28.20
5'3" x 20.25" x 2.38" | 29.15
5'4" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 29.77
5'5" x 20.75" x 2.44" | 31.45
5'6" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 33.20
5'7" x 21.25" x 2.56" | 35.00
5'8" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 36.90
5'9" x 21.75" x 2.63" | 38.00
5'10" x 22.00" x 2.75" | 40.60
5'11" x 22.25" x 2.75" | 41.95
6'0" x 22.25" x 2.75" | 42.60
6'1" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 45.10
6'2" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 46.35
6'4" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 47.90

Slim Dimensions

5'2" x 19.50" x 2.25" | 25.72
5'4" x 20.00" x 2.32" | 28.10
5'5" x 20.50" x 2.28" | 29.77
5'6" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 30.60
5'7" x 20.75" x 2.44" | 32.33
5'8" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 34.20
5'10" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 38.00
6'0" x 22.00" x 2.63" | 40.15

From the Shaper

"This is the most excited I have ever been about a small wave surfboard. Personally, it's the best small wave board I have ever ridden. I have never made a claim like that about any board before."

Matt Biolos from …Lost

The REAL Deal

Lost Puddle Jumper

The …Lost Puddle Jumper is Mayhem’s new small wave hybrid featuring a Bottom Feeder inspired outline with a more lifty concave bottom shape.


Lost Puddle Jumper Surfboard

Dimensions

Stock Dimensions

4'10" x 19.00" x 2.25" | 23.50
5'0" x 19.50" x 2.32" | 25.90
5'2" x 20.00" x 2.38" | 28.20
5'3" x 20.25" x 2.38" | 29.15
5'4" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 29.77
5'5" x 20.75" x 2.44" | 31.45
5'6" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 33.20
5'7" x 21.25" x 2.56" | 35.00
5'8" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 36.90
5'9" x 21.75" x 2.63" | 38.00
5'10" x 22.00" x 2.75" | 40.60
5'11" x 22.25" x 2.75" | 41.95
6'0" x 22.25" x 2.75" | 42.60
6'1" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 45.10
6'2" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 46.35
6'4" x 22.50" x 2.88" | 47.90

Slim Dimensions

5'2" x 19.50" x 2.25" | 25.72
5'4" x 20.00" x 2.32" | 28.10
5'5" x 20.50" x 2.28" | 29.77
5'6" x 20.50" x 2.38" | 30.60
5'7" x 20.75" x 2.44" | 32.33
5'8" x 21.00" x 2.50" | 34.20
5'10" x 21.50" x 2.63" | 38.00
6'0" x 22.00" x 2.63" | 40.15

From the Shaper

"This is the most excited I have ever been about a small wave surfboard. Personally, it's the best small wave board I have ever ridden. I have never made a claim like that about any board before."

Matt Biolos from …Lost

The REAL Deal


The …Lost Puddle Jumper continues the …Lost Domesticated Series evolution by taking the whippy …Lost Bottom Feeder outline and adding a speedy concave bottom shape. While the outline starts with a Bottom Feeder template, it’s definitely a touch pointier up front with more foam shaved off the forward foil. Underneath, the Puddle Jumper features a concave bottom shape for added lift and speed right out of the gate on take-offs, plus the ability to have two rocker lines on the same board – a flatter rocker down the center for gliding across flat sections and more rocker on the rails for vertical turns at the lip.

Due to the hybrid design with generous widths, the Puddle Jumper is very accessible for all ability surfers. The board’s design is focused on small wave performance with a looser, faster, modern approach. The smooth, wing free, squash tail design features a full tailblock for added lift and the ability to generate speed in soft conditions.

…Lost Puddle Jumper Tech Specs:
•Smooth Bottom Feeder inspired outline
•Bump squash tail with wider tail block
•Concave bottom shape
•5-fin – Run it as a thruster, quad or quad plus finger fin

What We Like

The …Lost Domesticated Series has some serious heavy hitters that have helped build its reputation: The Plank, Uber Plank, LayZBoy, Couch Potato and RV. When Matt Biolos says “this is the best small wave board I have ever ridden”, that’s a pretty big claim. The key to understanding the Puddle Jumper, is understanding the entire domesticated lineup and which is “best” for who…

The Plank : The OG in the lineup and the board that started this whole ‘craze. Super fun in small to medium surf, especially when it’s mushy. The Plank actually had a bit more nose rocker, so it ended up being surfable outside its range and even in more hollow conditions. The extra nose rocker hampered paddling into small mushy surf. This board’s huge “sweet spot” is something that everyone loved.

Uber Plank: A tweak on the OG Plank design, pulling and foiling the nose, then taking a bit of tail area out. It retained the smooth, momentum based glide from the Plank, but fit into better waves without catching.

Bottom Feeder: The BF releases next after the Plank and the Uber Plank, with its design focused on more aggressive turning with a vertical approach. The BF has a more “locked and loaded” stance preference, more similar to what you see on shortboards. Its turns are way whippier and more pivotal off the top compared with the Plank or Uber Plank (or even the boards released in the future). As the name implies, its sole focus is small surf. It can be used in medium sized mushburgers, but when you take it into anything hollow the flat rocker becomes apparent.

LayZBoy: The “Swiss Army Knife” of the Domesticated lineup, and still a major player. This board has a HUGE range of use and a HUGE sweet spot. The LB can be surfed in waves thigh high to well overhead. This board has the shortest write-up because when you have a board that works in just about anything, that’s all you need to say. The rounded nose and smooth, bump and wing free outline prefer smoother, carving turns, needing the pocket of the wave or a throwing lip to re-direct the board more quickly.

Couch Potato: The CP was designed as a “step down” to the LayZBoy, focused solely on waves ankle high up to chest high. Again, another board with a wide-open sweet spot that put big smiles on surfers faces. This board again begins to be surfed well outside its range on the larger surf side, so it becomes apparent there’s room for another board “beneath” it. (Enter the Bean Bag)

RV: The RV features a Bottom Feeder inspired outline mashed up with the stand all over the board LayZBoy sweet spot. While it doesn’t have the overall surf range of the LayZboy, nor the massive size of the sweet spot that the LB has, it is more pivot in its turns due to the narrower, more foiled, pointed nose and curvier outline. The double wing squash tail reduces the size of the tail block, giving surfers a bit more control, but shaves horsepower off rock-bottom low end.

Puddle Jumper: So here we are and THANKS for following! The reason we gave you a quick history of the Domesticated Series is to depict the evolution of the line and also to highlight each board's performance benefits. Hopefully by now everyone understands that a board can only be “best” at a limited range of characteristics or wave sizes. Where the Puddle Jumper focuses its ducks is small wave, turn oriented surfing, with a locked and loaded stance preference. With that said, you see that it’s the most closely related to the Bottom Feeder, which is also solely focused on small waves and turning with a more vertical approach.

The addition of a concave bottom and slightly more foiled nose, allow the Puddle Jumper to take the Bottom Feeder to the next level. The concave bottom provides more speed right at take off, plus allows two different rockers to be run on the board – straighter rocker along centerline for gliding over flat sections and more rocker on the rails for vertical turns in the pocket of the wave. Both the BF and the PJ have a “bump wing” or slight elbow in the outline back near the front fins. This bump in the outline, add to their pivotal release in turns, as the board turns around that curve in the outline. The nose of the Puddle Jumper is slightly narrower and more foiled compared to the Bottom Feeder (first 9-12” from the side almost looks like a Rocket style nose). This reduces area and weight forward, which helps it not hang up and catch in the wave, plus reduces swing weight in the turns.

If you’ve surfed a Bottom Feeder before, then you know already 90% of what the Puddle Jumper surfs like. The 10% extra is extra speed and extra turning ability, which is pretty wild considering how well the BF turned already. Extra speed in small surf is always a bonus, as it allows you to make “un-makeable” sections. You can feel this extra speed right at take off, as the board sits higher in the water with a livelier feel. The increased rail rocker helps keep you tighter on the pocket, avoiding those high speed, long drawn out shoulder wraps that flatter boards are prone to. The PJ is still a small wave focused board so keep this in mind when you are venturing out into surf that’s either too hollow or too big for it, as you will run into similar barriers experienced with the Bottom Feeder. The PJ is a blast to surf in small, everyday surf and can be ridden effectively up to chest high surf, as long as it’s mushy.

Insider Info

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about which of these boards is right for who? The most popular of these has been Puddle Jumper vs. RV. The Puddle Jumper, with its wingless outline and concave bottom, provides more low-end horsepower, speed and looseness in true grovel conditions. If you are looking for the fastest, most maneuverable board for small waves or mushy waves only, the Puddle Jumper is the board to go with. The RV, with its tip to tail vee bottom and double wing squash tail, has a wider range of use and a longer sweet spot on the board. This makes it a better choice for surfers looking for a single board to cover a wide range of use with a down in the water, controlled feel.

Just like the Bottom Feeder, the Puddle Jumper can be used with a variety of fin set- ups. Those that like the additional down the line projection and speed that the Futures Seaworthy Controllers provide, will also like them on the Puddle Jumper. We’ve been fooling around with our PJ as both a quad and thruster with the large Futures Mayhems, and while you give up a bit of speed out of the turns, the board surfs a bit more freely on its rocker line, taking away a touch of the flat feeling in rounder waves.

You typically run concave bottom boards with lower volumes than flat or vee’d out boards. If you’ve grown to appreciate the high volume numbers of your domesticated boards, don’t be afraid to run them in the Puddle Jumper, since the extra foam will only add to wave count and glide in small surf. Remember, this is your groveler, so don’t under-power it. If you have an active surf style and can generate speed at will, you can run the PJ closer to your smaller concaved boards volume #s, just adding a liter or two for extra power.

Why You Want This Board

You’re looking for a high speed, loose, aggressive groveler that has the closest feel to your trusted hybrid or shortboard. This board has all its ponies focused on empowering small surf.

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