Lib X Lost – Carvemag.com
During the pandemic, there was a shortage of materials, especially foam. Did you have any issues with it? And do you think surfboard prices will go up because of that?
Mast: We had no shortage of material. But the cost of raw materials has continued to rise. Labor costs are also (understandably) on the rise and training/attracting the necessary skilled labor requires more investment than before. Costs increase / Prices increase. Been like this forever.
Rock : We have many unique materials in our more eco-friendly EcoImpacto construction and many of them have been a little harder to get when we need them. Mike is our materials expert and he works with the supply chain team to ensure we have what we need when we need it. We have been really focused on placing larger material orders early to deal with longer lead times and uncertainty…so far so good…this is something we are keeping an eye on every day. We are seeing the prices of almost everything from cars to groceries to sports rising due to the pandemic and general inflation. The goal is to strike a balance and keep the boards affordable and competitive in the market.
What have been the main milestones so far within the Lib X Lost Collab, where are you now and what do you think the future will bring?
Mast: The steps have worked hard to gain acceptance in an often closed circle, a closed-minded market. It takes time for people to appreciate things like the eco-friendly materials and manufacturing process, as well as to understand that these boards are made in the USA. Not in a low-cost, third-world factory. They are the strongest and most durable production surfboards in the world, with the cleanest and safest materials available, anywhere in the world. The weight and flex are now on par with a classic PU/PE surfboard. We’ve been aggressive in developing designs and sizes that fit almost everyone.
Rock : Matt is always fun for us to work with, he is a very driven, creative, competitive and perfectionist when it comes to all aspects of design. He pushes us to be better both on the surf and on the snow front. It’s a pain in the ass sometimes ha!… but it’s always a blessing. We’ve completely redesigned Matt’s three snowboard models for this coming year and they ride like crazy. We’ve slowed releases of new surf models for 2021 because we’ve been overwhelmed with demand for our existing surf shapes, but we have four really exciting new shapes released this Spring 22, including more performance shapes.