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From our friends at What Youth. They are streaming the …Lost movie 5’5″ x 19 1/4″ …And Other Oddities this weekend on their site. Read below for in depth interviews and info about the making of the movie from …Lost co-founders Matt Biolos and Mike Reola.
REWIND ME: LOST’S 5’5″ X 19 1/4″
STREAMING ONLY AT WHAT YOUTH STARTING FRIDAY AUGUST 29
It is 1996 and Chris Ward calls …Lost shaper Matt Biolos from Hawaii: “I need a fish. Tom Curren is over here riding a fish. I need one.” He hangs up and leaves Matt to translate what that means.
“I sent a couple to LAX and Chris picked them up,” Biolos recalls. “I had no idea what he meant when he called, but I did some research and went to surf shops and got an idea off some ’80s boards and went for it.”
Cut to 1997 and surfing is still licking it’s wounds after the release of Lost’s first two releases What’s Really Going On, and What’s Really Going Wrong — which served as the antithesis of the bubble-gum pop world captured in Taylor Steele’s films. Lost just hit record wherever they were. On the road. At the party. In the water. There were no skits. No acting. This was real. At the time, surfboards looked like bananas in elf shoes, with too much rocker, no width and no volume. But Chris Ward and Cory Lopez were now running around the North Shore with “little discs” attached to their feet and shredding on them in all conditions while filmer Drew Todd followed, relaying back to Reola and Biolos just how sick what was going down.
The result is the third (or so, depending where you start keeping track) installment into Lost’s video library. This was the beginning of the slow death to the 6’2″ shortboard and launched the ride this board (2 to 4 inches) shorter than your normal shortboard” sticker on 3/4 of the new boards in shops. The film was raw and sucker punched groms with the idea that they could get radical on anything — in any size surf.
INTERVIEW WITH MATT BIOLOS AND MIKE REOLA ON THE MAKING OF THE CLASSIC FISH FILM
Chris Ward. Cory Lopez. Andy Irons. Bruce Irons, all running wild in the ocean with a bunch of little discs under their feet, completely disregarding the modern surfboard trends of 1997 and in the process kickstart a surfing renaissance of fuck you. And it all started as a bunch of dudes crashing on a couch in need of a ride to Lowers.
Shaper Matt Biolos and Chris Ward’s little surfboard experiment and Mike Reola’s awareness to document it all led to one of the raddest cult films to ever be released. It’s hard to believe that Matt’s been cranking out a version of this board for over 15 years now. But after our recent trip to Indo with Kolohe Andino, Taj Burrow, Ian Crane, Luke Davis and Tanner Rozunko (more on this trip soon), it’s safe to say these things still fucking rule.
We catch up with Matt and Mike today and show you just how important this little “fish” film actually is.
Tomorrow and all weekend you can stream the entire film 5’5″ x 19 1/4″ starring Chris Ward, Cory Lopez, Tom Curren, Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, Dave Dixon, Kelly Slater and many more, at What Youth.