Experience the mystique of riding a single fin with none of the old school weirdness. Haydenshapes Cannon is a modernized single fin board that takes drops, allows tighter, arched turns and generates speed while enjoying a smooth, easy glide. You’ll become a single fin convert after riding the HS Cannon!
+ Best single fin surfboard I’ve ridden – I felt that magical single feeling for the first time but still felt like I could surf this board everyday…not as a novelty. I’ve had a breakthrough!
+ Modernized design with traditional single fin elements. A traditional beaked nose, wide point forward and a lot of foam and volume that run through the bottom of the board but tweaked subtly for a more modern surfing approach
+ Riding a single fin slows everything down forcing you to not be too active and to take what the waves give you. This helps my surfing – I focus more on my movement through a wave – i.e., pushing though my bottom turns and pumping down the line trying to extract as much power out of the wave as I can
+ I haven’t had the pleasure yet but I reckon this HS Cannon would be a dream to ride on a big, powerful point break
– As is the case with single fins generally, you have to take what the wave gives you and generate your own speed. I struggled to generate speed and make it around certain sections when a wave face is flatter and weaker
The Haydenshapes Surfboards Cannon surfboard at 6’4 x 20 1/2 x 2 7/8 @ 39L’s of volume. I rode the Futures Albacore Flex 8.5in. single fin in this board and it went great. However, Futures have discontinued this fin. Standard Haydenshapes Surfboards Cannon dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
<UPDATE> The Albacore Flex has been discontinued but I found something better! The amazing Alkali ‘Classic Single’ fin (I use a 7.25 inch). Reasonably priced, 100% hand shaped; a beautiful fin…and it works.
Best Wave Type
Chest high to overhead conditions. The HS Cannon doesn’t mind bigger, more powerful beach breaks – in fact, it loves a steep, hollow face!
- Flat through the center to the tail with a slight to medium entry rocker to ride with more ease
- Maintains traditional beak nose and foam positioned in the front half of the board
- Deep double concave on the deck near the back foot to help connect with the rail line and push through turns
- A single concave bottom contour in the center with a slight vee on the nose and a deep vee at the tail
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s boardroom! I hope you’re doing well.
I like this show for many reasons, but one of my favorite things about it is that it pushes me outside of my comfort zone a little bit and forces me to ride boards that I’m not sure I’m going to like. Ever since I started surfing, I have heard of this feeling – this mystical feeling of riding single fins – this amazing thing that single fins do that no other boards can do. You find people who are single fin converts and they just won’t ride anything else. They just love the feeling too much.
I have a regular reader who visits CompareSurfboards.com frequently and he actually wrote an article, contributed an article about why he loves the feeling of single fins [Read ‘Can You Learn to Love Single Fins?…] and he sold me on getting another single fin. Now, he was looking at two different single fin models, the Al Merrick single fin and this Haydenshapes Cannon.
I decided to go with the HS Cannon and I have to say, if you are sitting on the fence about single fins…
“if you’ve always wanted to try a single fin and understand what all of the hype is about, this is the one for you…”
…but you’re a little bit wary because you’ve heard about some of the drawbacks, then this single fin is probably the one for you. This is the best single fin I’ve ridden, and it’s actually my favorite board right now.
I can’t stop riding this thing. It’s actually not good for the show because there’s other boards that I have to ride that are stacking up. I just can’t help but keep riding this board. It is so much fun to ride. I feel like I’ve finally broken through and I’ve felt that single fin feeling.
Now, this Haydenshapes Cannon has been modernized a little bit. It’s got that turned traditional beaked nose that you see on a lot of single fins. It’s got a wide point forward and it’s got a lot of foam and volume that run through under this part of the board. Unlike a lot of other single fins – traditional single fins that are very flat and rocker from tip to tail – this has a little bit more entry rocker, so you can see there’s a little bit more curve, and that allows you to get into waves that normally would be more challenging on one of those flatter single fins.
My favorite surfs on this board have been in bigger, more powerful wedgy, punchy surf. Taking off, I’m able to slot that nose into a steeper wave face. Then, once you get going on a single fin man, it is just a magical feeling. You just feel like you’re floating down the line. Perhaps my favorite thing about it is that it just forces you to slow everything down. When I surf, I probably try to be too active. Most of the waves I surf, I’m lucky to get a turn or two in. The waves that I surf just aren’t that good most of the time – it’s not like I live in the Mentawais where I have miles of open face to play with. I try and do as much as I can in a short period of time.
With a single fin, you have to take what the waves give you, and as a result, again, it slows your surfing down. You’re more focused on pushing through your bottom turn. You’re more focused on how you pump down the line in the most optimal and efficient way because you’re trying to extract as much power out of the wave as you can.
Now, that said, the best surf I’ve had are when the conditions are bigger and more powerful. I put an emphasis on ‘more powerful,’ because I did surf this in smaller waves that did have a bit of push. Again, I had enough push to keep me going. I was surfing, actually yesterday, a bigger beach breaker near my house. It was well overhead on the sets, and had plenty of size but the faces were flatter and I was struggling to generate enough speed to make it around sections and things like that. My favorite surfs again have been when it’s been steep and fast, and taking off, and you’ve got plenty of speed and push behind you to get you going.
Now, the coolest feature I think about this board, which is unique to the Haydenshapes Cannon, is what Hayden has done to the deck. He’s got this concave that runs through to the tail here, and you see it’s very pronounced, and that concentrates a lot of foam through the centre of the board here. You are still getting all that paddle power, but then it makes that turning point right here, it makes it a lot easier to turn. You can easily push this board through turns because it’s thinner around the corners.
The best part about it though, is that when you go to do a turn, your foot rests on top of that arch perfectly and comfortably. Again, that dynamic of the slightly thinner rails with that mound of foam here allows you, again, to push this through turns more easily than, at least my experience, with single fins in the past.
You’ve probably seen Craig Anderson surfing a Haydenshapes Cannon in his movie ‘Slow Dance.’ He was surfing it at Teahupo’o and made the board look like every person would want to surf it. I probably would surf this board at Teahupo’o but I’m not Craig Anderson! If you are looking for a more user friendly single fin surfboard design, something that will give you that single fin feeling, then I highly, highly recommend this Cannon by Haydenshapes. I’m really enjoying this. I’m actually going to Bali next week and I’m very strongly considering taking this Bali, which is a big call.
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I bought the board in the review from Ben last month and can't stop riding it.
Here are my single fins in my quiver currently:
8' Yater Spoon
7'0" Doc Lausch Retro
6'0" Tom Curren Single Fin
6"4" HaydenShapes Cannon
7'6" Andreini Vaquero
So yeah I have a single fin quiver. I enjoy them to bits. But I do like the "normal" boards too. When I jump on a thruster or quad right after I ride a single fin, I notice that my surfing is smoother and more fluid. I make more sections and make better turns, etc.
So if you were to buy one single fin in your armada, the Cannon is the one to go with. Just do it. Perfect for weak waist to well overhead waves. Make sure you size up a bit in volume compared to your normal board.
I use 8-8.5 True Ames Greenough 4A or the Meyerhoffer flex fin on this board.
Thanks for reading!
YEW! So glad to hear you're diggin' it Scooter!