5-6 Lost Weekend Warrior

5-6 x 19.25 x 2.38 28L
(not positive on dims anymore but it was a custom, not stock 5-6 dims)

This is a board I really wanted to like.

As soon as Biolos released the Weekend Warrior it was something that I was attracted to despite all of the drama between Tomo and Biolos. I never got around to ordering one so I was really stoked when one came up for sale in my dims and barely used.

At that time, I didn’t have any Future fins so I bought the Lost MB2 set since I had success with Lost fins before. In hindsight, they were too large for me and that probably contributed to me not liking the board. Not that this matters, but these looked really good in this board since everything was all matching.

As a thruster this board felt faster down the line than my Stretch Skate but I could not turn it as hard. As a quad, I did not like it at all. Even in overhead waves at the Oceanside Harbor the quad felt stiff. However, besides my Super Buzz or my Album Ledge (review forthcoming) I simply haven’t liked quads in a couple years so I may not be the best judge on that.

After a few sessions where the board worked serviceably but just not as good as the Stretches I was riding also in this period. Finally, after riding a closeout barrel the nose clocked me right on the side of my nose next to my eye. Giving me a black eye, making it hard for me to wear my glasses, and scaring me that I could have lost an eye. That was it for the Lost Weekend Warrior. I sold it at a profit.

If a board hurts me, I nearly always sell it after that. In hindsight, if I would have played with fins more I probably would have been more stoked on it. However, it overlapped too closely with both my Super Buzz and Skate so I got rid of it. Knowing what I know about this now, it probably would have lit up with the JJF Mediums

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5-9 Stretch Skate

5-9 x 19 x 2.3 26.7
EPS Tech thruster
FCS2

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This board and me clicked so well together I was amazed it was basically an off the rack board.  It was still my lowest volume board to date, and even though I usually don’t agree with the volume-change-for-EPS. I’ve bumped my volume up slightly since this board but I had no problems with this volume at the 160-165 I weigh in as.

This board was a perfect all around board. It had a low rocker that would allow you to surf great even in small conditions, while not getting out of control until it got overhead. It was the kind of board I would throw in the car and be confident with as long as I knew there would be some kind of waves.

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Tommy from Stretch recommended the Accelerators from FCS since the Stretch set was not out in FCS2 at this time. These fins were a match made in heaven for this board, and I’ve continued using them in my FCS2 boards since. The one odd thing was that this board liked the cheaper NeoGlass version pictured, while other boards like the Performance Core version better. I have no idea why this might be the case, but I’ll recommend the NeoGlass version for anyone since they are a really good fin at a really affordable price. Even though I’ve since switched to Futures, I’ve found the fins that work the best for me are the ones that are closest to FCS2 Accelerators.

If you’re looking for a good all-around HPSB, the Stretch Skate would be a great choice. Its fast, loose, and predictable; everything you want in a HPSB. Its a little flat and parallel for super hollow waves, and can get a little out of control when its big, but for something to throw in the car and go, its a great choice.

The new owner took it to Central America and he ripped on it too, and has since put quad boxes in since he prefers quads. I’m sure its still working great for him that way, but I thought it was perfect as a thruster.

It held up great too for how much I rode it in the year I owned it. These were the pics I took for the new owner before he bought it