What they Ride: Andrew Lands and his Mini Driver
We are back!
Thanks for tuning in this week. In choosing this week’s participant I thought, “what can I do differently for a change..?” I wanted to feature someone I dont know and who is not even loosely part of my group friends so via the magic of social media, I reached out to Andrew and he was super stoked to participate. I actually have not officially met Andrew but have seen in the water 100 times. He is a pier local who is out as much as I am, seems super into surfing, is part of the up and coming local grom squad and loves surfboards.. which is the only per-requisite I require when being featured! So enjoy today’s feature on Andrew and his …lost Mini Driver.
Weight: 155 lbs
Board: Mini Driver from lost surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos
5’7 x 18.50” x 2.25”, 25.09 L, Futures tri-fin set up running JJF honeycomb and Futures Blackstixs 2.0 tri-fin
Words from Andrew:
“The Mini Driver is honestly my favorite board I’ve ever ridden, I bought it from my buddy Chris Ropero when I was looking for a shorter board with a tad more float then what I had been riding before. What I love about this board is the ability to take it out on a small knee high range day and still be able to get some down the line speed to where I can throw a little something. In my opinion this board works incredible in all conditions we get locally.
One thing that I do with my board is to switch my fins out depending on the size of the waves. If the waves are 3 feet and under I’m gonna put on my Blackstix so I can produce more speed from my fins. On larger days when it gets 4 feet plus I put on my JJF balanced fins so when I go to do a maneuver I have more control and therefore better balance with my board.
In my opinion the Mini Driver is a board which paddles well, catches waves early, can be moved freely and easily while threading the needle through critical sections. The tail still releases and has pop in at least thigh-waist high conditions and the rocker/outline provide glide and momentum.”
All photos courtesy of Andrew and Peyton Willard, @staugsurf on Insta.