Lost Short Round Carbon Cork Review

What the Lost website says about the Short Round Carbon Cork:

About the Short Round

‘Our latest high performance hybrid. In the tradition of the Rocket and its many knock offs, the Short Round bridges the gap between easy riding “cheater” boards and the HP Shortboard. Tested all around Southern California in the summer of 2014, this board has more than impressed. The buzz about it is spreading fast. The speed comes from a low entry rocker and wide-ish nose, with a forward wide point and generous concave throughout. The performance comes from a moderate, but not flipped up, tail rocker, a double concave through the fins and the same sort of modern bump squash tail that you would find on a typical contest style, small wave HP shortboard. All combined, it doesn’t look like anything fancy and there are no gimmicks, but some times less is more, and there is a lot packed into this little board.’

About the C3 Technology

‘C3 (Carbon / Cork / Composite ) technology is a surfboard construction method initially developed by East Coast US board builder, Drew Bagget. Our relationship with Drew began when he walked up to our (Surf Expo) trade show booth holding an early version of his construction. Although still a bit crude, and not completely refined, I was immediately enamored with his creation.

The construction starts with light weight, stringer-less, eps blanks. The blanks are cut and shaped from the same cad designs, and hand finished, like all of our custom surfboards. The deck and rails are then wrapped (and vacuum bagged to remove all excess resin) with our exclusively developed, uni-directional, carbon fiber cloth. Carbon fiber is the 2nd most common natural element on planet earth and remains one of the highest strength to weight ratio, and cost effective building materials available. The Carbon runs nose to tail and is held together by an “S” Glass fill, running across the deck. The specially “cored” Carbon is an extremely flat weave that doesn’t fray or “fuzz”. The vacuum process removes all the excess resin. The Carbon structure, unlike wood stringers, stays consistent and wont break down over time…ensuring a very light board that is also strong and has a fast, lively and predictable reflex memory. The carbon wrapping the rails creates a “C” structure that keeps the board from over flexing under the weight of the surfer, and minimizes torsional flex. Thicker boards (and thus rails) for larger surfers, are proportionately more rigid than the thinner boards…for lighter surfers.

The second unique feature is the natural, exposed, “CoreCork” sheeting that is also vacuumed to the deck. We purchase our CoreCork from Amorim, an over 100 year old company…with a surfing CEO, who use protected Portuguese trees, that are never killed, but “harvested”, like a Sheep’s wool, every 8 years. Cork is a natural vibration dampener and its use in our boards negates the often twitchy, erratic feel of other epoxy surfboards. The Cork deck gives the surfer a smoother, more neutral and predictable ride.

Our cork is purposely left exposed, with no fiberglas over the top of it. When vacuumed onto the carbon, the C3 process pulls resin completely through the cork, adhering it firmly to the deck. The excess resin is sanded off, leaving a smooth, raw cork surface to stand on. The is no need for wax on the cork areas of the C3 boards. When wet, the cork becomes a natural, non abrasive, non-slip surface. Standing and surfing on the C3 cork deck is akin to putting on a nice pair of sandals after walking barefoot for hours ….smoothing out the ride.

When submerged in water, the cork only saturates 2-3% more than its dry weight when wet. It quickly drys…like a ducks feathers, after leaving the water. On our more HP minded designs we have left the cork off the tail area of the board to leave an exposed carbon surface for applying after market, adhesive traction. Traction does stick to the cork, but where traction is used, the dampening features of the cork are not as needed. The bottom of the C3 board is then glassed using multiple layers of clear, 4oz Warp glass. The Warp glass slightly overlaps the CoreCork on the deck, to ensure the cork remains permanently bonded to the rails. All the boards are then finished off with beautifully colored pin-lines (matching the logos) and the deck logos are hot iron “branded” into the cork. The C3 boards are light, strong and visually stunning. They feature a quick, lively and forgiving performance that absolutely adds a bit of spark in typical surfing conditions, for average and above average surfers alike.’

Ideal Wave:
Anything from knee high to overhead high waves.

Image Source: Lost Surfboards

Image Source: Lost Surfboards

What people are saying about it:

“That saying Make sure you have the right tool for the job could not be true enough. Having had a couple of typical winter sessions in waist/shoulder and head high waves. From the first paddle out on this board it ticked all the boxes, catching waves, speed down the line, drive but still loose in turns.” – user Chris Munchy on boardshop.co.uk

“The Short Round C3 Carbon Cork bridges the gap between easy riding hybrids and your regular high performance shortboard.” – Boardshop

“Tried the short round in the c3 construction, it floats more than a PU board of the same volume but it’s really fast and responsive. The cork grips your feet nicely. Liked that board a lot.” – user brianwulee on Instagram

“Bought this board as my current board was becoming a bit battered and bruised. I loved that board so was worried about spending out big on a board that may not match It for speed, paddling and general feel. The short round surpassed my last board easily(and my old board is a great board). I took it out Saturday at coney beach, porthcawl, renowned for being gutless. It was off shore and the waves were head high. This board is absolutely flying!!! Gets into the wave easy, and is as responsive as you like. I’m not sure I’d go out in anything over head with this board, and duck diving is a little tricky given its width. But small to head high it really is amazing. (maybe someone with more ability could handle this board in overhead, I can surf but I’m not ripping)” – user Lee Nickson on boardshop.co.uk

“tempting….C3 construction doesn’t have the chatter that I think this might have…” – user mjston SURFER Magazine forum

“This board is cursed. Waves all through the winter and then as soon as I picked it up, a three week flat spell (at least at weekends)! Anyway, finally got a couple of 2 to 3ft faces last weekend. I’m 75kg and went for the 6’0, feels bigger than my standard short board but duck diving is fine so far. It does paddle well and carries a lot of forward weight when paddling in, which is helpful. Very stable but can still be turned pretty sharply from what I have seen so far. I reckon it will be ideal for what I wanted, U.K. Waves up to about 6ft with a late middle aged kook on board! Recommended apart from the cursed part.” – user Martin Sykes on boardshop.co.uk

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