It is 1996 and Chris Ward calls Lost shaper Matt Biolos from Hawaii: "I need a fish. Tom Curren is over here riding a fish. I need one." He hangs up and leaves Matt to translate what that means.
"I sent a couple to LAX and Chris picked them up," Biolos recalls. "I had no idea what he meant when he called, but I did some research and went to surf shops and got an idea off some '80s boards and went for it."
Cut to 1997 and surfing is still licking it's wounds after the release of Lost’s first two releases What’s Really Going On, and What’s Really Going Wrong — which served as the antithesis of the bubble-gum pop world captured in Taylor Steele's films. Lost just hit record wherever they were. On the road. At the party. In the water. There were no skits. No acting. This was real. At the time, surfboards looked like bananas in elf shoes, with too much rocker, no width and no volume. But Chris Ward and Cory Lopez were now running around the North Shore with "little discs" attached to their feet and shredding on them in all conditions while filmer Drew Todd followed, relaying back to Reola and Biolos just how sick what was going down.
The result is the third (or so, depending where you start keeping track) installment into Lost’s video library. This was the beginning of the slow death to the 6’2" shortboard and launched the ride this board (2 to 4 inches) shorter than your normal shortboard” sticker on 3/4 of the new boards in shops. The film was raw and sucker punched groms with the idea that they could get radical on anything — in any size surf.
Tomorrow we'll sit down with Mike Reola and Matt Biolos in an all new Rewind Me, featuring 5'5" x 19 1/4 and other oddities and then Friday, August 25th we'll stream the entire film all weekend right here at What Youth.