Designed as the result of surfer feedback regarding one of Lost’s best selling surfboards (the Mini Driver,) the Pile Driver is a great every day performer, and a solid choice for 95% of the waves you’re gonna get on the east coast.
The Mini Driver (which I personally use as a step up board) is a versatile and super fun performance shape- and I really like it- but it’s not much of a groveler. I really never even bother taking it out unless the waves are chest high plus.
The Pile Driver takes all the performance aspects of the Mini Driver. They have the same nose. The same rails. Same dimensions. BUT the Pile is altered in a few critical ways to give it quite a bit more push in weaker, smaller surf. For one, the round pinnish tail is swapped for a wider double wing swallow tail. This means the rail line is extended and the surface area is increased, which translates to more lift and planing efficiency, so you won’t bog as quickly going through weaker sections.
Like the Mini Driver, the Pile Driver has an increased entry rocker and a flatter exit rocker. This setup is conducive to backfooted surfing in general (which is part of the reason these boards can handle larger hollower waves,) but with the broader tail of the Pile Driver, anyone surfing off their backfoot is gonna generate a shitload of extra speed just trimming down the line. This makes the Pile Driver not only a good option for backfooted surfers, but a good option for front footed surfers looking to extend their repertoire of maneuvers into the tail.