Stab Magazine | LightSpeed: Mason Ho, Brother Andino, Griff, Caroline And More Test ...Lost's Handsome New Proprietary EPS Tech
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LightSpeed: Mason Ho, Brother Andino, Griff, Caroline And More Test …Lost’s Handsome New Proprietary EPS Tech

“Ultra lively, ultra fast.” 

hardware // Aug 27, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

There’s no denying that aesthetics play a pivotal role in the general public’s willingness to consider new surfboard constructions. 

If a brand’s progressive new proprietary tech looks dogshit, 90% of surfers’ vanity will get the best of them, even if the board’s electric under-foot. 

So it was with a great sigh of relief that we caught our first glances at …Lost’s new LightSpeed tech, which according to Mayhem “uses a combination of Rapid-Reflex Carbon Fiber as well as vibration dampening Innegra-Fibers, woven into the finest custom performance fiberglass cloth.” Innegra will be familiar to EPS / Epoxy enthusiasts who reveled in Mick Fanning’s performance in SITD Japan, riding the runner-up  PUKAS INN-CA, which also integrated Innegra into positive results as far as rigidity and chatter are concerned.

What above as Brother, Griff, Cackalacka and more sample …Lost’s comely derivative. 

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Griffin Colapinto punting on a LightSpeed prototype.

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…Lost

Want to get into the weeds as far as details w/r/t composites and tech terms? Have at it:

  • Ultra-Light / Ultra-Lively Foam Core: Steam-molded, High Strength-to-Weight Ratio, fused cell, water resistant, stringer-less EPS foam core.
  • High-Strength, Flexible, Impact Resistant, Epoxy Resin System.
  • Woven Carbon Fiber Centerline “Stringer” (top and bottom): Engineered to add both strength and Rapid-Reflex “pop”, with just enough release to feel forgiving underfoot.
  • The Carbon loads up under foot pressure, and springs upon release.
  • Fused Carbon, Tail Reinforcement Patches: Transfers more direct input into rail and adds strength.
  • Centerline Aligned Carbon “Exo-Stringers”: Enable natural Torsional Twist, similar to a wood stringer board, but lighter, and with a much faster reflex reaction and more “pop”.
  • Innegra Infused, Engineered Composite Fiberglass: A multi weave (6oz lengthwise, woven with 4oz, rail to rail) fiberglass, top and bottom, adds significant break strength, while keeping the boards Ultra-light and Ultra-lively.
  • 5oz Warp-Weave Fiberglass: A multi weave (6oz lengthwise, woven with 4oz, rail to rail) fiberglass, top and bottom, adds significant break strength, while keeping the boards ultra-light and ultra-lively. 

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