SIZE / CONST: I'm 6 ft/180 lbs, riding a 5'11" V2 Stub (maximum recommended size for my weight and other factors). Mine is stock standard poly.
PROS: Somewhat of a hybrid, but with a snappy shortboard/thruster feel. My Stub isn't too thick, boaty or corky and, even at 35.5 liters vol, it duck dives easy. Rails are full, but not too much. Nose isn't "beaky", but there's a noticeable flip at the tip to help prevent pearling. Fairly lightweight for full poly, but not too light. Widest point is 1.5" behind the board's center.
Paddles well for this much of a pulled-in shape...just don't expect flat rocker glide (like on the Couch Potato).
What stands out most to me is the V2 Stub's stability. It's reminiscent of Al Merrick shapes in that it wants to finish a maneuver...even if you botch it.
If there's such thing as a "front footed" board, the V2 Stub is in that category. Pump for speed and pivot/turn with your front foot balanced right in the middle...no need to jump on the tail for sharp turns (like on the bottom feeder and some other hybrids).
It's got tons of concave (single), so it's fast under foot and enough rocker to handle a steep, bowly wave...great in the pocket. It rides best in waist to shoulder, maybe head high waves. It can handle some mush (not gutless), but thrives in pushier, steeper waves.
CONS: Longevity. The glass is sketchy. It looks and feels sturdy, but I keep finding dings...even when I don't remember doing anything to cause them. If I could go back in time, I'd get HydroFlex "Natural" construction (epoxy glass over poly foam).
Although not really a con (the Stub definitely has it's place), I also wonder if I shoulda bought the regular V2 Rocket (not to be confused w/ the V2 Shortboard), just for it's ability to handle a slightly bigger wave. The Stub can get a little squirrely on powerful/dumpy head high waves...although, I guess if I rode it all the time, I might get used to that (and maybe bigger fins, too).
FINS: I first used WCT/TechFlex tri-fins in on this board...I like the ultra pivoty turns this upright template gives. I'm at the top of their weight range and they have slid out on me a couple times while on the Stub. Unfortunately, tri-fins slow this board down...the center fin really does act like an anchor. Unless you're an expert, you really need good, punchy waves for tri-fins.
I also tried the Stamps quad set and was surprised how much better they made this board ride in mushy waves. The Stub is not a groveller, per se, but this quad set makes it a decent substitution. If you're still riding thrusters in weak waves, you're really holding yourself back.
CONCLUSION: Excellent, advanced/fine tuned, small wave performance design...but the stubbiness and med-full nose don't help nearly as much in mushy waves as you might think. I also think the "rocket" tail is gimmicky. It's basically a round tail with a little bite. I prefer a standard squash.
Paddles easier and rips a lot harder than the hybrids our local shapers have made me. If the waves are small but too steep for your mini-sim or LB, the V2 Stub might be the right choice.
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...Lost V2 "Stub" Rocket / a review
Last edited by waterbaby; Aug 19, 2015 at 08:04 AM. Reason: Review subject to change the more I ride it.
Jun 27, 2014, 10:30 PM #2
- Join Date
- Oct 2011
- Ocean County NJ
I loved mine. I got it for summer, but wound up riding it in everything for a year. I went quad, and only recently tried it as a tri. Still fun as sh!t! I bought it during the onset of last summer and broke it during the onset of this summer. I'll be getting a fresh one because it was that good of a shape for me. I've ridden lots of boards over the years, and the v2 stub is my fave (for nj).
I went 6'0" because I'm 190 and I wanted extra grovling ability. I thought that may take away from performance though............Wrong!!! So wrong!!! The board was sick at all times.
Jun 27, 2014, 11:23 PM #3Member
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- May 2012
Jun 27, 2014, 11:24 PM #4Member
- Join Date
- May 2012
I'm just trying to figure out all that in my head honestly because i want a new board soon so i don't want to describe the wrong thing lol
Learned my lesson with the a Bottom Feeder not to go too much volume or you'll end up with a boat.
bought the Stamps quad set and, in smaller waves, they work better than tri-fins in this board. Stamps are not canted much at all and have a surprisingly pivoty feel for quads. Still can't do abrupt/right-angle direction changes quite like on thrusters...but that has more to do with quad trailer box placement, relative to the stringer, than fin specs. The increase in speed over a thruster set is very noticeable.
Last edited by waterbaby; Sep 14, 2015 at 07:00 PM. Reason: because my re-write is better...duh
Aug 26, 2014, 09:25 PM #7Senior Member
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- Dec 2010
Someone famous said this (maybe Matt Biolis or JC):
"There are no front foot or back footed surfers. All turning is done with the back foot. Trimming is done with the front foot.
You either rip turns like Taylor Knox, or you're a flicky little kid"
With that said some boards have more tail rocker than others. If you really work off your back foot more, in the pocket, top to bottom, vertical surfing, you have a tendency to surf more back footed. Taj Burrow surfing is classic example. East coast surfers are not heavy back footed surfers because most of the time our waves don't suit that style of surfing when it gets good. We are more down the line, through the barrel, with more front footed pressure to trim the board and beat the wave.
A strong back footed surfer doesn't need a ton of tail rocker because he is already surfing off the the tail a lot to begin with.
A weaker back footed surfer can benefit from more tail rocker because he doesn't need to (or his style of surfing) doesn't apply as much pressure on the tail. So more flip/rocker in the tail will allow for more radical turns
Aug 26, 2014, 09:58 PM #8
Aug 27, 2014, 01:52 AM #9
I've been looking at this board. I like small wave shapes even in big waves.....rode one like this in INdo this summer and it was frickin fun. 5'11/35 looks perfect to me. Thanks for the write up./....also debating between this and the firewire v2/rocket without the stub factor for better waves...we'll see
I surfed Folly for two years and would say the Stub is the better choice for SC...or a Round Nose Fish. However, I highly recommend using the volume calculator on the Lost site, or you could end up with corky rails.
Anyway, some people might (understandably) think I'm a fashion victim having fins the exact same color as the fin boxes and logo...but I didn't seek that. I actually wanted Stretch quads, but I found some barely used Stamps on sale. As for the board's matching logo and fin boxes, I've rarely seen that on Mayhem's off-the-rack boards, so mine is just a coincidence.