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Lost El Patron Round Tail surfboard 6ft 9 FCS II - White
The tail is the most obvious change but the overall outline is a little sleeker with a bit less volume. Matt Biolos suggests riding the Round Tail a couple of inches longer than the Squash making it a slight step-up for better days.
If you were considering the El Patron but wanted a board to "do it all" the El Patron RT would make a great travel board which would cope with pretty much any conditions you're going to encounter at home and overseas. A slight increase in length won't overly effect the smaller wave performance but it will definitely improve the upper-end with extra paddle speed and composure in bigger waves.
The El Patron is going to appeal a lot of surfers needing a more forgiving daily driver but don't want "just another hybrid" or bastardized groveller.
The El Patron is Matt Biolos's personal board which he designed and shaped to counteract middle age, a little extra weight, mediocre fitness and crowded surf.
It's dead easy to pump volume and inches into current surfboard models but it's another thing altogether for the board to retain the performance traits of the original. That's the key with the El Patron, even with it's generous proportions it still has a really performancy feel which lends itself to proper shortboard surfing while still allowing the rider to hold his or her own in crowded line ups where you normally have to sacrifice performance to snaffle a wave from the younger fitter guys.
Lost's El Patron’ is primarily based on a couple of higher volume boards Matt shaped for Kolohe Andino who requested a larger dims quiver which would “still carve and turn like a thinner board”.
Both the round tail and squash tail versions of the El Patron paddle fast and produce heaps of drive with a low rocker, minimal concaves and a generous lift in the tail; no concave in the nose, slight single concave in the middle which fades into a slight vee through the fins and flat out the tail. The lack of severe concaves and the extra foam delivers easy and fast paddling which in turn gets you into waves early and thereby able to compete when its busy on the peak.
Another clever feature of this board is the reduced thickness of the stringer (2 ply instead of 3 ply) which helps the El Patron retain a similar flex pattern to a regular, thinner performance board and keep it feeling lively with plenty of "return" from your bottom turn and powerful carves. If you're worried about the thinner stringer potentially affecting the boards strength, this is more than counteracted by the extra thickness of the board.
The reality is that the El Patron would be the perfect forgiving "shortboard" with a genuine performance outline which gives it a broad appeal. If you're a bit older and not quite as fit as you'd like to be, but still consider yourself a competent shortboarder, then the El Patron will tick all your boxes.
If we don't have the Lost surfboard you're looking for, or the stock dims don't work for you, just give us a ring on (44) 01243 674250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll happily discuss a custom order for you.
We're absolutely stoked to be stocking Matt Biolos' amazing shapes and would happily consider taking your old or unwanted surfboard as a trade-in against a new Lost surfboard.
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