A big wave step up, this Haydenshapes Shred Sled King Review is – in classic Haydenshapes fashion – not your typical looking (or riding) step-up surfboard.
This surfboard review covers the bases on our experience with the Shred Sled King in bigger waves.
A slightly wider, more elliptical outline to what you’re likely accustomed to for a board intended to take on bigger, badder, more hollow conditions, don’t let the outline fool you. The Shred Sled King easily handles big, steep drops and more critical conditions. I surfed my Shred Sled King at double overhead and I’m sure it would handle bigger…if I could handle bigger 🙂
This is the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King review for Compare Surfboards.
+ Will handle pretty much any size wave most mortals can handle but surprisingly versatile and can be surfed down more than other step ups I’ve tested
+ The tight cluster quad setup feels different…and good
+ Like most Haydenshapes Surfboards, the Shred Sled King is easy to ride yet performs when needed
– Strangely, the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King felt a little loose at times…and then a little stiff at times…go figure
– While I grew to like Hayden Cox’s tightly clustered rear quad fin placement, it took some getting used to
The Haydenshapes Shred Sled King at 6’8 x 21 x 3 at 43.8L’s of volume (stock standard dimensions). I used the Futures Fins Danny Fuller Quad Fin Set in the Shred Sled King and they good…I mean real good. The right amount of hold without feeling too stiff. That said, if you want a little more grip from the clustered quad fin configuration, thee Futures Fins EA Quad Fins are a personal favourite.
Best Wave Type
Big and bad. Or just bigger and badder than your normal comfort zone. Haydenshapes Shred Sled King handles big, hollow surf but doesn’t mind a flatter face, too. Just add a bit of juice to the surf and it comes alive.
- Elongated outline vs. the Haydenshapes Shred Sled and packed with volume under the chest to help you paddle into big, powerful surf
- Unique design allows you to surf this board shorter than your normal step-up
- Surf this board in waves as large as you can handle!
- Curvy entry rocker plus additional rocker in the front half of the board to help you take bigger, steeper drops
- Hayden recommends a quad fin setup for the HS Shred Sled King
- Outline and rocker designed to sit and hold comfortably in a steep, hollow wave face
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Hey. This is Ben, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. Today we are going to talk about the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King. The HS Shred Sled King is the step up version of the very popular Shred Sled model.
Haydenshapes Shred Sled King Vs. the HS Shred Sled
The original Shred Sled model is one of those boards that I thought was going to suit smaller, less punchy waves. I saw that it had the slightly wider outline, wider nose and a lot of thickness running through the board. It looks like a small wave board.
When I rode it for the first time, however, the Shred Sled I would say excelled for me in most situations when it was bigger and better. It likes hollow surf and feels sluggish when it’s smaller and weaker.
When it comes to the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King, you’re taking that good wave prowess and stepping it up a notch.
This board, I don’t even know how big this could be surfed. I surf this up to double overhead. I surfed it at this little reef break, a very fickle reef break, that just happened to be working a couple of weeks ago in a bigger swell that came through Sydney.
I was taking off on waves with this board. Again, I don’t know how big this thing could handle. I would take off on these big, grunty peaks which hit the reef and jack up quite quickly. I’d be taking off and this HS Shred Sled King, which has plenty of volume as you can see throughout the board, would help me to paddle on to those waves really easily and then get me down to the bottom and around the bottom turn.
This Haydenshapes Shred Sled King is intended to tackle those bigger, steeper, faster, hollower, more critical waves.
Subtle differences between this board and the HS Shred Sled are, number one, the rocker. You can see that it has actually quite a lot of rocker, especially in the nose. It has a quite pronounced, steep, rocker curve that comes from the midpoint here, gets a little bit steeper and then really gets quite steep right at the tip.
That obviously is going to sit deeper in a nice steep wave face. It’s going to sit in a hold in that steep wave face and give you confidence that you can make the drop. The confidence that you won’t go tumbling down the face.
I’ve talked about the wider outline of the Shred Sled King. For a step up surfboard, this is definitely a different shape than most step ups I have ridden. Most step up surfboards I’ve ridden in the past, look more like a traditional shortboards with less width through the nose here. The tails would be quite similar.
This Haydenshapes Shred Sled King has a really special shape. I like it a lot. It has this nice, tight, rounded pin tail but then that flows into a lot of width through the body and a little bit more width in the nose than step ups that I would normally ride.
I don’t feel as though this made the HS Shred Sled King feel bulky or difficult to get in those stepper wave faces. Again, no issues whatsoever taking on big drops, making big bottom turns or cruising down lines on those bigger, more open wave faces.
I’ve been surfing the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King as a quad exclusively.
The quad is what Hayden Cox recommends for the HS Shred Sled King. I’ve been using these Futures Fins Danny Fuller quads.
These have quite small trailer fins at the back. I think I would actually prefer something with a little bit more size in the back because you can see also – and this is characteristic of Hayden Cox’s quads – he has the back fins set closer together than just about any other shaper.
If you look at Hayden Cox’s quad setups the rear fins are always a little bit closer together.
The purpose of the quad is to have a front fin and almost a trailer fin that are working in tandem. So when you’re turning, you’ve got these two fins acting together. That’s not really the concept here. This is almost functioning more as a thruster fins setup and you’ve got this pivot point as these fins are pulled closer together. It’s a very different set up.
It took me a few waves to work out this unique quad fin placement. It really makes the board feel almost loose when you really push it really hard. But, at the same time, you get the benefit of the hold of the set up. But, you can really throw the board around quite hard. If you ride this board and have a similar experience and want a bit more hold in bigger surf, try the Futures Fins EA Quad Fins.
For a step up surfboard, which sometimes step ups can feel a little bit stiff, that actually is a very interesting setup. A different take on putting a quad on a bigger wave board.
That is the Haydenshapes Shred Sled King. A step up board for bigger, better waves. Again, when I caught up with Hayden he said he doesn’t know the size limit of this thing. He surfed it in huge waves. Marty Paradisis has surfed it at huge Shipstern’s Bluff so it definitely will handle any size wave you throw at it.
That is the surfboard review for the week. Hope you’re doing well. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything that’s coming up and I will speak to you again soon!
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