The Hypto Krypto has become an icon, much like the creator himself. This is Hayden Cox, giving us the low down on why the Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto is still his favourite board.
All good things must come to an end. Hayden Cox, the prolific surfer and entrepreneur behind Haydenshapes Surfboards, talks us through the final board in his quiver, the iconic global bestseller, the Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto.
To recap, in part one, Hayden shared his good wave board, the Haydenshapes Ando [See Hayden Cox, My Quiver Pt.1…]. Part two covered Creed McTaggart’s signature board and small wave performance hybrid wonder, the HS Love Buzz [See Hayden Cox, My Quiver Pt.2…]. Part three, we swilled the wine glass shaped punt machine, the Haydenshapes Merlot [See Hayden Cox, My Quiver Pt.3…].
This is Hayden Cox, My Quiver Pt.4, talking through his Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto [See the Full Hypto Krypto Review…].
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Hayden Cox: Okay. The last and the lucky last one in my quiver, and it never leaves my quiver, this board, it doesn’t leave Ando’s [00:00:18] quiver. It’s on every trip that we ever do, it’s the Hypto Krypto model. Definitely a board that a lot of people, potentially, have ridden, or have heard about, but my favorite in the Hypto is a 5’4″ x 19 1/2 x 2 3/8. The way I like to ride this board is definitely short but with enough volume in there, so this one is around 27.8 liters of volume in this board, but I find that with the Hypto you really want to be able to have your front foot (up the board).
You can see where my front foot is (from the indents). It’s really quite close up to the logo. It’s definitely forward [00:00:58] of the center point of the board and upper end, all that volume up around the chest area of the board. I find that if you’re not standing with your front foot up around that area of the board, the volume in front of your front foot starts to control the lines that you’re drawing on the board, and controlling, you’re drawing more extended arcs and being caught out onto the open face a bit more. When you’re running the Hypto a little bit shorter, you can really center your weight over that surface, not only surface area but volume in the board and start to control weight and control where the board wants to go.
Why do I like riding the Hypto, and why do I ride it a lot? It’s because it’s a board that I can just get on and feel connected with instantly. Obviously, I have ridden it for a long time, but whenever I get off a plane and I’m jet-lagged and the waves are actually really pumping [00:01:59] and they’re good. I can paddle out on this board and feel really connected, have the board respond and connect with the waves enough that I can really basically surf the wave and really enjoy riding the wave.
It’s definitely a board that hasn’t been designed to come off the bottom and really drive through the lip and throw your fins. It’s not that type of board. It’s come from a single fin design of mine, and it’s more gone from a single fin, which is a cruisier [00:02:28] board to a [00:02:32] cruisy performance design. I’ve added performance elements into a traditional kind of style of shape, and given it a bit more spark to how it rides. It definitely likes to ride on the open face, and you definitely want to stand a little bit more forward on this board, run down the line, and then once you build up your speed,
“you can step back on the tail and start to find the pocket and really surf off the rounded pin tail in the back end of this board.”
Generally when I’m taking off on this board, I really like to feel my back foot around the front area of the fins. There’s enough width in that design and enough surface area to get the board up and planing. The single concave really blends into that vee double quite far up on the board, so having your foot up a little bit further, really connects you to that single concave along the rail line of the board, and gets you up and going especially when the waves are smaller.
In terms of when and where do I ride this board, this board, for me, goes best when I’m in the best waves that I can ride, which for me the best wave is 4 to 6 foot barrels running for 500 meters if a reef goes out that far or sand point goes that far. I’d choose those types of waves hands down over any other type of wave. The Hypto surfs amazing in those conditions. You’ve seen Ando ride it out at Desert Point, G-Land [00:04:04], over in West Africa (Skeleton Bay, Namibia), and they’re the types of waves where this board starts to excel and show that full extension of the performance elements of the features within this board, and that’s where I will go surf this board and enjoy riding it the most. Yet, I can take it out in L.A. or here in Sydney and go and connect with it amongst the busy schedule of work and everything, and have a great time surfing out at pretty much every session.
In terms of memorable surfs on this board, down in Mexico there are a lot of point breaks down there, and I’ve been lucky enough to surf some amazing point breaks down there, and I normally pack two 5’4″ Hyptos and that’s it. Call it a day. It’s definitely the board that I’d surf down there, but in [00:05:02] Indo last year up in the Telos, I’m bummed that I actually don’t have the board here. It’s back in L.A., but I have a quad fin Hypto that I’ve been working on with my new rear quad fin that’s coming out with Futures this year, and I’ve shaped a few with the rear quads before, and to make it work we’ve had to shift the cluster of fins completely up the board and really move it around a little bit, but I surfed out over in the Telos, and really had fun on a left-hand point break over there and
“really connected with the fin placement for this design.”
Lately, I have been riding it a fair bit as a quad, which surfs amazing, but I think it might surf a little bit better as a thruster, for me personally. I like that centralized feel of the center fin. The board’s already so fast, so being able to find that center point, and just really move around the pocket and just connect with the center fin, I find really fun. Everyone’s got their own personal feelings, and it surfed really amazing as a quad.
In terms of features that I personally like, I look at a lot of shapers of boards, and really appreciate what a lot of guys do, and one of the things which I find, what really works well with this board, is the rolled vee in the entry and the way I’ve got the quite a pinched rail through the front end of this board. I really enjoy being able to surf forward on this board and not have the front end catch when taking off late and playing around with anything and it’s three to four foot. It’s quite playful and you can pull into barrels and really sit far forward on the board on your backside and be positioned way up front, grabbing the rail, and just enjoying riding the barrel. That’s where I think this board goes best.
This is the Hypto Krypto, 5’4″x 19 1/2 x 2 3/8 and I pretty much exclusively only ever ride this in the FutureFlex technology. I think that this technology really works amazing in this type of design because it has a lot of subtle and more forgiving features in the board, the technology, and all the response and the life that you get out of this technology really works well with this style of shape and this particular shape. Yeah. That’s probably definitely my favorite, and I figure it’s going to be a favorite for a long time.
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