Matt Biolos shapes a ton of boards for WCT level guys, both people on the team, and the ones who get boards under the radar. Teamrider Kolohe Andino is anything but under the radar these days, and he and Matt have worked out a new model that is getting some traction. The Scorcher is basically a mix of two previous ….Lost shapes, the Speed Demon Two, and the Stealth, and it’s being going well both for Kolohe in the water, and Biolos on the register. Here’s a bit of insight into Kolohe’s Scorcher.—Casey Koteen
You’ve got a few new board models this year, but Kolohe Andino’s board particular is generating a lot of interest. Tell us about it.
Yeah it’s called the Scorcher. Since he was about 10 years old, Kohole’s been riding an SD 2 [Speed Demon Two], which is kinda like to Lost what the Flyer is to Channel Islands. It’s an everyday, easy to ride, drivier than average shortboard. And then we started filming 5’5’’ Redux I started making him some Stealths, which has a really low entry rocker with lots of kick in the tail. Those go fast and hook in the pocket. He was stoked on how much more free it was in the pocket, and asked if we could combine all that.
So I just took the Stealth tail rocker and lowered the stringer rocker, and left the rail rocker where it was. I added vee by lowering the center line rocker, and leaving the rail line the same. Basically, we put the drive of the Speed Demon Two into the Stealth. So when you put it on a rail it still raps and hooks, but when you’re flat on the water you have a real long straight line to push off of and drive you. And it allows those long arcs. It kinda allows him to surf beyond his years, as far as big open turns and carves, rather than just flicky flicks.
He’s got a good little pocket carve doesn’t he?
Yeah, he’s got a good everything. He’s got a really big influence from his dad. If you remember Dino’s surfing in the late 80s, he rode really flat-rockered boards with wide tails, and they carried him out in the flats, and he just had that money shot, that big, arcing cutback.
What did you do for the outline?
The outline is a lot straighter than what you see most guys using, especially on the WCT. But this year on the ’QS the guys are really getting smart, and you saw a lot of this outline there. It’s a really parallel outline, so when you lean on the rail you have a really long, straight line that drives. It’s really two different worlds, the WCT and the WQS. Anyways a lot of guys are going back to that straight outline. It stays wide all the way back between your feet, and that’s why you see that big hip bump in the outline to break the width off. So it creates a pivot point in your turn, so you can kick the tail out and break it off its track.
The ideal surf for it would be something like two to four foot, then?
Yeah, two to four foot and broken up. If you look at this board the tail at 12’’ is the same as a really high performance board, like a WCT style board. It’s just that the tail block is wider, so the outline doesn’t continue pulling in. It’s not a big wide fish tail or a rocket tail.
What are the upper limits for size surf and waves for a board like that?
Well, I take the same rocker and everything and I just take the hip out and pull it in and turn it into a round tail. It’s narrower in between your feet, and the rocker still works fine. That outline can handle more speed. So if you’re riding the board in four to six foot surf, it’s the same rocker and so it’s not another big adjustment to your surfing.
It’s definitely going to be our best selling high performance surfboard this year. All the shops are buying into it, the kid’s on an editorial role, and a competitive role as well. He won a couple divisions of Nationals on it, and a couple divisions of the US Championships on it.
To check out the Scorcher for yourself, head to lostenterprises.com/prod/view_surfboards.php.