Hayden Cox, founder & owner of Haydenshapes Surfboards, has a fresh, unique approach to his surfboard designs and his business. Carefully balancing art and science to create powerful, different surfboard designs, he has taken the surfboard shaping world by storm.
With two of the world’s most progressive free surfers riding and providing feedback on his boards – Craig Anderson and Creed McTaggart – Hayden is free focus on building performance craft for all around and everyday free surfing.
A cerebral gentleman when talking through the science behind his shapes, I appreciate the fact that Hayden is able to strike a careful balance between science and art in surfboard design, trusting his instincts on key design decisions.
Here Hayden talks through the first of his four board quiver, the Haydenshapes Ando [See the Haydenshapes Ando review…], Craig Anderson’s signature model.
This is Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes Surfboards, My Quiver, Pt.1 for Compare Surfboards.
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Benny: Hey this is Ben and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Today we have a very special guest. An interesting, intelligent gentleman and a very progressive and innovative surfboard shaper. He doesn’t need much of an introduction, Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes Surfboards. Crafting boards that sit under the feet of two of the best free surfers in the world, ‘Ando’ Craig Anderson and Creed McTaggart, I asked Hayden if he could just talk us through what he is riding and why. I hope you enjoy the show. Hit the subscribe button because we’re going to release Hayden’s quiver over a few installments. You don’t want to miss this!
Hayden: Hi, I’m Hayden Cox from Haydenshapes Surfboards. I’m here today to talk about four surfboards that I love to ride.
The first board that I actually have is a board that I took to the Telo Islands. I was a bit of a board hoarder and took six boards. This is only 1 of 6. The Telo Islands – I had never been there before and it looked amazing in photos – I knew we were going to get to surf some pretty nice waves so I definitely wanted to bring a high performance shortboard in the range that I shape. The Ando model is something that I have ridden before and I really enjoy riding. The lucky thing for me is both Craig <Anderson> and I ride the same size board. In terms of dimensions, we ride a 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 Ando. It’s a good go to shortboard.
One of the features of a shortboard that I kind of like is, I like the shortboard to have a nice run in between your maneuvers so you’re not having to really work the board up.
“The board is doing the work for you.”
In terms of rockers I like to design into boards is generally a slightly flatter rocker through your stance. When I’m riding that, I generally find that the board will just kind of connect and will really run through the bottom turns. You can have plenty of time to think about the top turns that you’re going to do. This particular shorty, this one I really loved actually. We got to surf waves from … I generally took this out when it was about sort of 8-foot faces to maybe 15-foot faces. It was something that I was going out there with the mindset to really come off the bottom and really try and practice my top turns and get a feeling of what these pros are doing everyday.
It’s obviously really good for myself to feel what the team is riding on the shortboards. For myself, I really have to be in good waves to really connect with a shortboard and feel like I can feel out all of the finer features of what’s going on. In terms of the board, it’s not a loose board. It definitely has a nice drivey feel about it. You have to put a bit of effort into really throwing the fins out and putting your top turns through the arc of the wave. It’s a really smooth surfing board at the same time.
In terms of volume, this one is about 25 liters which works really well for a shortboard for myself. It’s a little bit shorter than what I used to ride. In a Black Cat, I used to ride like a 5’11 x 18 1/8 x 2 1/8. Over the last 10 years, it’s really come down a little bit in length but still maintaining that ability to surf into the larger size surf [00:03:36] and still have that drive and that run as a shortboard.
Another thing to note in terms of construction, this one is in the PE technology, which is a polyurethane core, apple core, wooden stringer, 1/8″ thick, and I have an epoxy laminate. Which on this particular board has 2 layers on the deck, one 3/4″ patch, one full length patch, and then one 4″ layer on the bottom. The reason why I like the Epoxy resin is because it has a lot more life in the way the board surfs. It really responds to the flex. As you’re going through your turns. It really has a slightly more rapid recoil in the flex pattern of the board.
In terms of durability, it will still dent the same but when you’re riding it, it feels a lot more lively. I really enjoy riding the Epoxy laminated PE boards. My whole range is actually laminated with Epoxy resin. I would generally choose to ride the PE construction when surfing a little bit more powerful waves where there might be a little bit more rawness to the swell, or when you really want to feel a little bit more connected compared to the FutureFlex technology.
The FutureFlex technology has a lot of life in it. It has a lot of response. Sometimes when you’re in those 6 to 8 foot swells and you’re getting into those power spots of the wave, a slightly more dampened feeling with the polyurethane frame can feel just a little bit more comfortable. In saying that:
“I’ve had some of my most amazing surfs on the FutureFlex technology in nice, beautiful 6-8 foot waves.”
It does depend on the whole board. The magic board is going to be a magic board regardless of the construction. I definitely like riding the Ando and the PE technology.
In terms of fins. I love riding different fins. These ones actually are samples of and prototypes of Ando’s new template that I drew up for him and worked with Ando on in terms of getting his feedback of all of the different fins that he loves to ride. This has some really cool and interesting foils that we were able to test over in the Telos. I had a couple of sessions with the guys from Futures Fins where we were swapping out fins out every five waves and were really feeling a difference between the foils of the fins. We were not changing the template, not changing the conditions, not changing the board and:
“It was really, really interesting to understand how much the foil of the fin really affects how the board rides.”
I’ll go into fins a little bit more in some of the other boards that I ride, but definitely with any board that I’m riding, I am feeling out the different types of fins. I really enjoy feeling out the flex, the template, and whatever it be, a tri fin or a quad fin.
The Haydenshapes Ando, to sum it up, 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 in PE technology, with Future Fins with Ando’s new template that’s coming out this year.
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