MODEL: RNF '96
SIZE: 5'5 X 19.50" X 2.37" V28.25 (Stock Dims)
FINS: FCS II
Lost’s 25th Anniversary and the RNF ’96
When you work in the surf industry, it is fun to see all of the new brands that pop up and to watch and see which ones stand the test of time and become established companies. …Lost is one of those success stories, starting out as a sort of punk, grassroots surfboard label in Southern California and growing into one of the most respected surfboard brands in the world.
This year is …Lost’s 25th anniversary, and here at Hawaiian South Shore we have been working with Matt Biolos and stocking his boards almost from the beginning—for 22 of those 25 years!
To celebrate …Lost’s 25th anniversary, Matt Biolos is re-releasing the RNF ’96—one of the surfboards that first got …Lost started.
This round nose fish was the star of the 1995/1996 film 5'5" x 19 ¼", and helped start the fish renaissance in the late 1990s. A hybrid shortboard with a rounded nose, swallow tail, extra width through the middle of the board, and was ridden a few inches shorter than a normal shortboard, making it a great performance groveler back when grovelers hadn’t even been invented yet!
Over the years, the RNF has gone through a number of different versions, including the RNF Retro, RNF REDUX, and the RNF Quint. Through it all, the board has remained one of …Lost’s best sellers, due to the fact that it is so versatile and fun to surf, and makes average to poor waves (the type that we surf most of the time) enjoyable. But the classic RNF ’96 has always maintained its popularity, due to the fact that it started the whole movement and was such a timeless design when it was first created.
To help celebrate …Lost’s 25th anniversary, we have a new stock of RNF
’96 boards on the way to Hawaiian South Shore, just in time for surfing season here in Town. Come celebrate this piece of surfing history with us and grab an RNF ’96 for your first surf!
- Rocker curves: Remain engrained to the original proven curves.
- Outline curves: Both nose and tail were usually the same width at 12” and remain true, but with more precision, including added curve and width around 6” from the tail. One “secret” about the original’s success was that, unlike most all other “fish” the tail width on ours was closer to that of a typical HP Shortboard. This allows much more control off the tail than typical fish designs.
- Bottom Contours: The classic single concave to double concave, accelerating vee combination are defining design elements and hold true to adherence.
- The Thickness Flow, Deckline, Rails, and Tail Foil: They were all over the map in those rudimentary hand shape days. Each board was different, with most of them having noticeably different curves and thickness from one rail to the other.
- In re-creating these boards, which one is correct? In the end, I went with gut feeling on what would work best.
HAWAIIAN SOUTH SHORE HAS A HUGE COLLECTION OF SHORTBOARD SURFBOARDS. 👇
FOR STORE PICK UP ONLY - You can pay a $200 initial deposit here (for pre-order and in stock boards) and pay the remaining balance on the day of pick-up.
SOLD OUT Boards email us here we can order for you, if it is in stock in the warehouse we can get it on 10-15 days