Lost Round Nose Fish Retro Review

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What the Lost site says about the Round Nose Fish Retro:

‘The RNF Retro is our latest spin on the always evolving #Round-NoseFish. It features noticeable elements from the purist (mostly San Diego influenced) evolution of wide, split tailed “Fish”, and smashes them together with much of what we have learned in nearly 25 years of shaping and riding the …Lost RNF. First off, the tail is wide for that effortless glide and retro vibe. Coming in at over 10” from tip to tip, and 4” deep, it’s the deepest and widest split tail we’ve released.

The board prominently features a snow- board-esque, double side cut outline. Strongly in influenced by years of snowboarding, and then seeing the boards of underground SD shapers like Mirandon and Caster, we first developed and released our double side cut on the “Pelagic” model, in the late 2000’s. Like with a snowboard, the sidecut “grips” the riding surface and allows for more radical, tighter radius direction changes on wider, otherwise difficult to turn sharply, outlines and flat rockers. The sidecut hooks into the wave face and turns surprisingly sharp, without the usual drift or skip or slip, associated with common wide tail fish shapes. Staying with the shy retro vibe, the #RNF_ Retro features a very at deck with a de ned, steeply angled rail, but tucked under soft into the bottom.

The flat deck allows the board to be ridden thinner, which enables more flex. Thin flat decks maintain more scoop in the deck rocker, which when surfed with the rail buried perpendicular into the surface, helps low rocker boards turn in tighter arcs, rather than tracking or flatten-ing out. All these elements are built around our time tested and proven RNF rocker bottom curves. The RNF Retro is flat up front with the slightest of single concave through the center, and a spi- ral vee from the fins back. This equates to a fast, yet precise and comfortable, familiar ride, without sacrificing glide.

Keels are fast and fun, but spilt keels perform better.

The RNF-Retro is designed to be ridden with split keels, or a Twin + two (small trailers) quad setup. There’s no rear fin box on this thing. We created a special, subdued, era reminiscent, model specific logo just for this board. The RNF-Retro is built standard with #SonOfCobra designed tints and opaque #Resinworks, for that proper look and feel.

The #RNF_Retro is Groovy Smooth Glide Vibe – meets proven Mayhem #Pro_formance. Like a beautiful vintage hotrod, souped up with a modern brand new Engine and transmission, it’s the best of both worlds. Now you can have your cool and rip it too.’

Image source: Lost Surfboards

Image source: Lost Surfboards

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Image source: Hawaiian South Shore

What people are saying about it:

“Who: The RNF Retro can be ridden by surfers from all ranges of experience. With the quad set-up, beginners will find this board as a great tool to fine tune the basic skills due to the stability and excellent paddle power that the Retro has. Intermediate and Advanced surfers will find the Round Nose Fish Retro to be a refreshing addition to their quiver. The classic fish outline plus Lost’s incorporation of multiple features from the RNF Redux allows this board to be ridden in a cruisey or aggressive style.

When: The RNF Retro can be ridden in just about anything. But this model really favors clean, slopey surf (ranging from knee high to overhead). That is where the characteristics of this board really shine. The right surfer can also take this board in steep surf and reap the benefits of the Retros sheer speed.

What: The RNF Retro is about as classic as it gets. Reminding surfers that surfing is not all about crazy aerials. The Retro wants to go fast and be engaged in the wave face. The wide, rounded nose and volume forward outline of the Retro will have you “two-stroking” into just about every wave you look at. In steeper surf, the slight flip in the nose will keep you from pearling as well. The middle of the board has a rather straight rail line which helps to achieve and maintain speed without much assistance from the rider. Running down to the tail, the first important feature was actually borrowed from the snowboarding world. A side cut is used to allow the board to turn much tighter and grip the face better so you don’t have to worry about the tail sliding out when using a twin setup. The tail is the most classic fish tail that Lost has released to date. Coming in at 10 inches wide and 4 inches deep, this is about as retro as it gets. With either quad or twin fin setups as your options, you can get really creative with the RNF Retro. This board is all about fun.” – Catalyst Shop

“Very cool.” – gearhuntersurf on Instagram

“Love it!!!!! :)” – liveby_thetides on Instagram

“So epic.” – mattygram5000 on Instagram

Size Chart:

5’0 x 19.50 x 2.25 | 25.25
5’2 x 20.00 x 2.32 | 27.50
5’3 x 20.25 x 2.32 | 28.50
5’4 x 20.50 x 2.35 | 29.75
5’5 x 20.75 x 2.38 | 31.00
5’6 x 21.00 x 2.40 | 32.50
5’7 x 21.13 x 2.42 | 33.50
5’8 x 21.25 x 2.45 | 34.50
5’9 x 21.50 x 2.50 | 36.00
5’10 x 21.75 x 2.50 | 37.50
5’11 x 22.00 x 2.56 | 39.50
6’0 x 22.25 x 2.63 | 41.00
6’1 x 22.25 x 2.66 | 42.25
6’2 x 22.50 x 2.70 | 44.00

Here is a video we found of the Lost Round Nose Fish Retro:

And here are Instagram images we found:

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