Biolos, Matt


Outspoken surfboard shaper from San Clemente, California; cofounder of Lost Enterprises, a punk-tinged surfboard and surfwear manufacturing company. Biolos was born (1969) in Anaheim, California, raised in Chino, and began surfing in 1983 during a family vacation to Orange County's Dana Point. After high school he moved to Dana Point and took a job sanding and hand-painting boards at Herbie Fletcher Surfboards in nearby San Clemente, where he also learned the basics of shaping.

Biolos was making boards out of his garage under his own Mayhem label in 1992 when he founded Lost Enterprises in San Clemente with partner Mike Reola; Biolos made the boards, while Reola ran the business and produced ribald surf videos, including What's Really Goin' Wrong (1995) and Lost Across America (1999). Lost was an instant success among "defiant" Southern California suburban surfers, while Biolos's growing skills as a shaper had him making boards for top American riders like Shane Beschen, Cory Lopez, Christian Fletcher, and Chris Ward.

Bilos is often cited as the man who, in the late 1990s, pointed surfing back to wider, easier-riding high-performance small-wave boards. "Guys buy my boards, and it's two-foot Trestles, and suddenly they're out there having the time of their life. I don't know. I'm just a big fat dude and I make boards that work for me. Which means they work for a lot of other people too." As of 2013, popular Lost model boards include the Scorcher and the Rocket.

Biolos meanwhile positioned himself as sport's profane, often-angry anti-establishment boardmaker. Commenting on the fish craze in 2006, Biolos said, "Those wide, thick ones? No rocker, no outline...we call 'em dry-ball boards cause when you sit on 'em your balls don't even get wet. They go fast, but they don't turn. They're fuckin' guided missles with a monkey onboard."

Biolos and surfer Dean Randazzo won the 2000 "Anything But Three" surfer/shaper challenge at San Diego's Black's Beach. Biolos won a Stab Magazine Award in 2009 for "Best High-Performance Sleds" (surfboards). In 2010, he was named Surfing magazine's "Shaper of the Year"; the same year he won the "Tribute to the Masters Shape Off" at the Sacred Craft surfboard expo. As of 2012, Biolos' stable of pro rider customers included Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Taj Burrow, and Coco Ho.