Matt Biolos: Shaping the Future
...Lost's Matt "Mayhem" Biolos
Matt Biolos, ...Lost Surfboards' famed foam mower, has been shaping surfboards for over 20 years. A lot of his time lately has been spent sculpting rides for the world's best surfers.
"Taj came a couple weeks early this year because we hadn't worked on boards face-to-face since March," says Biolos. "He's notorious for riding some of the lowest volume boards on tour, but he's expanding his views as he gets a little older."
"Over the last few weeks we did about 18 boards for Kolohe," says Biolos. "It was a mixed bag of three different rockers, in a couple different length -- both standard polyurethane and EPS Epoxy."
Carissa Moore credits a lot of her success this year to Biolo's shapes. "We work pretty closely, he knows what I'm looking for and what I need," says Moore, who's currently in the midst of a tight ASP World Title race.
The ...Lost Factory
At the U.S. Open this summer Biolos whittled out 120 custom boards, three of which were surfed in the final. Alejo Muniz won the contest on a Biolos board and promptly ordered up six more.
Melling played the role of giant killer at the Hurley Pro, taking out Joel Parkinson in Round 3. You know what he was riding?
"We [made Simpson] a five-pack of various small-wave, 5'10" and 5'11", wider, thicker, grovel boards about six weeks ago," says Biolos. "Then, while he was in Tahiti, we did a six-pack of his normal 6'0" and 6'1"s for typical, every day surf."
"In addition to all that, we have developed a low key, stress-free kind of relationship with Mick Fanning, who orders boards when he comes to town," says Biolos, pictured here.
When he's not on the road, South African Travis Logie bases himself out of Hollywood, where his girlfriend works as an actress. Logie drives down to Lowers every day to surf, which has helped his relationship with San Clemente-based Biolos.
Ian Crane grew up getting boards from Biolos, and now he's trying to translate that relationship into a solid pro career. "We always focus on the core, consistent athletes we work with first," says Biolos.