Lib Tech Mayhem Round Nose Fish 2016-2017

  • Price: £560
  • Sizes: 159 only
  • Flex: 6.5
  • Profile: Combo
  • Shape: Directional

Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos is the man behind Lost Surfboards, but he was actually a snowboarder before he ever took to the waves. Years later, when he’d established himself as a surf-shaper extraordinaire, a chance meeting with a young Jamie Lynn introduced him to Lib Tech. These days he collaborates with the brand on a couple of surf-inspired models each year, including the Lib Tech Round Nose Fish.

The Lib Tech Round Nose Fish shares its name – and some of its DNA – with the world’s best-selling fish surfboard, which first appeared in the mid-90s. However, while many sticks that set out to ape our damp colleagues tend to go all-in for powder chasing, the Lib Tech Round Nose Fish is a little different. It’s even referred to by the brand as a “hardpack carver”, so you don’t need to wait for a dump to enjoy this.

“While many sticks that set out to ape our damp colleagues tend to go all-in for powder chasing, the Lib Tech Round Nose Fish is a little different”

It features the same aggressive mix of camber and rocker that you’ll find on Travis Rice’s high-end boards; the camber sections under the feet are prominent, delivering tons of grip and power through the turns. It’s also got a high-quality sintered base, you can absolutely scream down the groomers on this.

When the powder does come, the rocker in the middle delivers that all-important float, aided by the stubby swallowtail and extended nose. The outline is also slightly tapered, so you can afford to take things slower and slash everything in sight without worrying about sinking.

Swallowtails aren’t known for having tons of pop, but no lip is safe from this thanks to the strips of birch that run along the sidewalls. Plus at 159cm (or, if you prefer, a 5’ 2.5”), it’s long enough from end to end to deliver a decent spring when the time comes.

Unfortunately there’s still only one size available, but if you can work with that then the Lib Tech Round Nose Fish is a brilliant for tearing up the powder when it’s pumping, and the groomers when it’s not.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthie – Whitelines

Having spied this on the Lib Tech stand earlier in the week, I knew what I’d be taking out when we woke up to a powder day.

While there was at least a foot of fresh, it was also extremely sharky with poor visibility. Lots of quick changes of direction were needed to save this from the rocks, and in that respect it was excellent. The same goes for the occasional panic-ollie – it offered up more than enough pop every time a nasty fin appeared right in front of me. Before long I was looking for launches as well as fully-loaded untracked pockets. Whenever I found a less rocky patch, it was a delight to get a bit looser and kick up a big spray.

“Despite how it looks, it’s actually quite conventional through the carves”

On firmer snow it carved well and really went like a rocket. Despite how it looks, it’s actually quite conventional through the carves; it’s not as wide through the waist as some of its kind, so there’s no trade-off in edge-to-edge speed.

It’s still a bit of a curio, but it’s closer to an all-rounder than it looks. Anyone who is likes to bombing the hill at Mach 10 regardless of the conditions will find this more than up to the task, but it’s also a fun one for snaking down the piste, sniffing out side hits and chucking up white clouds.

Trade Secrets

Matt “Mayhem” Biolos – Founder, Lost Surfboards

Lib Tech have paired materials and techniques together to build boards that no one else has ever dreamed of being able to do. I am fortunate and stoked to work with Lib Tech on this project.

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