Lost Retro Gun Review

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What Lost says about the Retro Gun:

‘A working man’s gun… Loved by the Pros, but really meant for the Bros. A great tool for taming big unruly beasts, even in challenging, imperfect conditions.

The RETRO GUN features low entry rocker with Rolled Vee (and lots of forward volume) and a classic “Beak” nose. The Vee lessens through the center and increases again into an accelerated tail rocker, with deep double concave cutting through the tail curve. The continuous Vee bottom enables a high-volume board to surf lower in the water and engage the rail. It cleanly cuts through big, bumpy, chop or stiff offshore condition and allows for smooth, controlled, rail to rail surfing. It easily remains in control at high speeds, in powerful surf.

Built standard with…

  • Strong (yet flexible) 4ply Redwood stringer
  • Thruster/Quad convertible fin set up.
  • Solid resin tinted 6oz and 4oz stronger glassing, for a beautiful board that lasts. – All new, model specific, minimalist logo package.

(Post Modern) RETRO GUN is loosely based off my original, personal guns from the late 1980’s. Now recently revamped and modernized with 30 years of knowledge, yet still retaining the original ’80’s design ethos. Flat deck, steep full rails (with more edge) lower rockers with continuous vee, were the status quo. Before the introduction of deep concaves cutting through hyper rocker minimalistic slippers of the 1990’s, the surfboards of the ’80’s were more user-friendly.

High volume was high performance.

Our first modern Retro Guns were built a few years back, at the request of a friend (journalist, Lewis Samuels) up in Ocean Beach San Francisco. He was looking for an advantage in negotiating OBs big, cold, open ocean landscapes. Ironically, after seeing LS in action, on early Retros, it was quickly requested, and adopted by our “A” team of young hotshots like Kolohe, Ian Crane and (most notably) Luke Davis, while on road trips up north. They now hold full quiver of Retro Guns, for attacking the same types of waves, and places like Sunset Beach, Hi.

More importantly, for the surfer used to spending most their time on higher volume, hybrid/fish designs in daily surf (but struggle to find a board that suits them when the waves get solid) the RETRO GUN is an excellent tool to boost confidence and control in a raucous lineup. It easily replaces a standard gun, or large step up, but can be done with less length and more thickness without sacrificing control.

Overall, the Retro Gun, while loved by Pros, is really meant for the Bros. It’s a working man’s gun. A great tool for taming big unruly beasts, even in challenging, imperfect conditions.’

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What people are saying about it:

“Per Lost’s recommendation I went 6” above my shortboard size with my Retro Gun. This board has some timber to it. When you pick it up you feel the volume and the weight of a board that is made for powerful surf. After a few sessions on it, I can agree that this board likes power. Trying to take off on smaller chest high waves, the Retro Gun felt stiff and kind of just blah. Once you have the speed and power of a bigger wave, it is like a totally different animal. It becomes a lot more stable and comfortable under your feet. It builds confidence and seems to have a high gear that I have not come close to hitting yet.

I tried it Tri fin set up and Quad. The Quad is what I will recommend as the Tri felt too stiff for what I like. The Quad went rail to rail and had plenty of speed to it.

This is a great step up for someone that is going into some waves that pack a punch. The board feels substantial under foot and it can handle any meaty wave you are willing to turn on.” – Matt Nunzo on REAL Watersports

“Those are “assault” weapons.” – user lenzgeorge on Instagram

“Weapons of mass destruction.” – user justbeinmikey on Instagram

“We just compared the 7’8 Retro Gun to 7’8 Padillac and here are our findings: The Retro Gun has .5″ more nose rocker, and .5″ less tail rocker, it also is less thick, and the thickness does not carry through the nose like the Padillac with a flatter deck. The beaks are also different with the Pyzel being more subtle and the Lost having a more aggressive flip in the nose. The Retro Gun is more encouraging of maneuvers while the Padillac will do a better job getting you into the wave.” – REAL Watersports

Size Chart:

6’6” 19.00 2.63 34.50 cl
6’8” 19.25 2.66 36.50 cl
6’9” 19.38 2.72 38.00 cl
6’10” 19.50 2.75 39.00 cl
6’11” 19.63 2.75 40.00 cl
7’0” 19.75 2.85 42.00 cl
7’2” 20.00 2.88 44.00 cl
7’3” 20.00 2.90 45.00 cl
7’4” 20.13 2.94 46.00 cl
7’6” 20.13 3.00 48.00 cl
7’8” 20.25 3.00 49.50 cl
7’10” 20.38 3.00 51.00 cl
8’0″ 20.50 3.03 53.00 cl

Here are videos of the Lost Retro Gun:


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Here are pictures we found on Instagram:

Do you own a Lost Retro Gun? How does it surf?

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