Craig Anderson’s new signature small wave performance shortboard, this is the Haydenshapes White Noiz Surfboard Review!
It reminds me a little bit of the Haydenshapes Ando at first glance but the White Noiz has subtle design changes to boost it’s small (but not too small…) wave prowess.
At first, the Haydenshapes White Noiz and I did not get along. She felt too unstable but I discovered that the right surfboard fins are required to hit the sweet spot with this board.
Hope you enjoy this look at Craig ‘Ando’ Anderson’s latest signature model, the Haydenshapes White Noiz Surfboard Review!
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+ The Haydenshapes White Noiz Surfboard has a simple, clean outline and a balanced, smooth, lively feel to it (with the right fins…)
+ Forgiving and easy to ride – suitable for surfers from novice/early intermediate all the way up to a very advanced surfer
– With the wrong fins, this board feels out of control and unstable…swirly is the word I would use
I rode the Haydenshapes White Noiz at 6’3 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4 @ 39L’s (custom dims). I rode it with the 1.) the Futures Ando Blackstix 3.0, 2.) Futures Haydenshapes HS1’s, and 3.) Futures Fins AM2s. The AM2s provided the the right amount of hold and control the board needs. The other two sets did not work for me in this board despite being two of my favourite fin sets.
Standard Haydenshapes White Noiz Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Haydenshapes White Noiz loves smaller, cleaner, more lined up waves but handles bigger surf, too (I surfed it comfortably at a foot or two overhead). It does need a bit of push to get going, not the best board for smaller, weaker, flatter faced waves.
- Clean, simple outline
- Moderate rocker with a steep lift in the nose and the tail
- Medium, forgiving rails
- Staple bottom contour but with a little bit more of a double concave to give you more push and drive when the waves are smaller and less than perfect
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This is Craig Anderson’s new signature model from Haydenshapes Surfboards. The purpose of this board, overall, is to be a small wave high performance shortboard. A high performance shortboard as you can see, but intended to be surfed down in the lower end of the wave range.
This Haydenshapes White Noiz is 6’3 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4. It’s probably around 38 or 39 liters but it doesn’t feel bulky. I pick it up and it doesn’t feel like a big, fat board under my arm. It feels like a high performance shortboard. It has a nice clean, simple outline with a fairly curvy rocker.
If we look at the rockers, you can see that it has quite a bit of lift in the nose and the tail. When I was speaking to Hayden Cox about this, he pointed out something that probably from the naked eye would never see, there is a nice continuous flowing curve throughout but then there’s a really subtle, but quite steep kick in just the front tip of the board, as well as the tail.
This board has medium rails; they’re forgiving rails, not too sharp and it has quite an intricate bottom contour starting with a little bit of single up front, that moves through to a double concave through here, which is quite pronounced.
You can actually feel the hump here and then that flows through to a little vee off the tail. So a staple, standard bottom contour but with a little bit more of a double to give you a little bit more push and drive when the waves are a little bit smaller and less than perfect.
The outline is more high performance shortboard-esque than a lot of the other boards that I normally ride and a lot of the boards that Haydenhapes are known for, thinking of the infamous Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto.
The place that my mind went to with the White Noiz right away is that it feels and looks a little bit like the Haydenshapes Ando model but you can see there’s a little bit more width and area in the tail of this board versus the Ando. And more width through the body and just a touch more through the nose.
The foil, or the distribution of foam, throughout the Haydenshapes White Noiz is fairly generous but it’s distributed very well so the board doesn’t feel fat or bulky. There is quite a lot of foam through the center and the body of the board, but that trails off at the nose and tail as you’d expect, but not probably as much as the Ando, which is intended for bigger, better surf.
Because this has a very simple, clean outline, there are no break points or anything (like the Psychedelic Germ that has those signature side cuts or the Merlot as well.
This Haydenshapes White Noiz is not that way, it really is a simple clean shortboard outline and I think it has a very nice balance, smooth feel to it.
Who Will the Board Suit
I think this board would probably suit a lot of surfers from a novice, early intermediate, all the way up to a very advanced surfer. I think an advanced surfer would find a place for this board in their quiver to surf small waves aggressively.
It can handle steeper waves but can handle fatter face waves as well, and it can be really pushed quite hard and aggressively.
I think an early intermediate or a novice will probably get a lot of enjoyment out of this as a first or second shortboard because it does have that forgiving feel that a lot of Haydenshapes surfboards do.
Experience in the Surf
If we talk about how the board actually feels and how it goes in the water, my experience was a little bit mixed and I’ll tell you why, it was almost squarely because of fins. Nailing the fins was really key to lighting this board up for me.
In the beginning, I was surfing the wrong fins and the board felt too skatey, it felt swirly, like I couldn’t control it. I’d take off, even on shoulder-high days and the board would almost just twitch. It was too twitchy, like it didn’t have a nice, settled feel to it.
When I moved to the right fins, I started to feel more what the board is about. The Haydenshapes White Noiz is a really smooth and lively feeling board. When you take off, you do a pump, and it’s just like stirring cream, the board going through the water. It just has a really smooth, lively feel.
With the right fins, the Haydenshapes White Noize is controllable. With the wrong fins, it felt too out of control, it didn’t feel stable.
I surfed it predominantly from waist high up to about head high. I surfed it in a really onshore day, which I actually had a lot of fun on. I surfed it in mushier, smaller waves and cleaner, smaller waves. The waves that the board worked best in, oddly enough, were smaller, cleaner, more lined up waves and then you could really spin it around and put some nice carves in the pocket and it would almost settle down exactly where you’d want it to after you’d done a turn. It felt really good once I got the fins right.
Fins were a make or break for this board, more than most boards I can remember in the past.
I really wasn’t enjoying surfing this board much until I put the right fins in. I started by surfing the Futures Fins Ando Blackstix 3.0, which are these beautiful, dark Blackstix fins. I put those in because they’re meant for smaller waves and smaller wave boards, but I found that they just didn’t work for me in this board.
Because they generate speed so much, they have the big V2 foil, it just made the board feel too twitchy and unsettled and I just didn’t like the feel of it.
I then switched to the large Futures Fins Haydenshapes HS1s, which I’ve been surfing almost everything these days. I thought they would be perfect for this board and again, they were too twitchy. The Haydenshapes White Noiz didn’t feel quite right and it didn’t feel settled.
I moved to these AM2s and then everything clicked with the board. It felt like just the right amount of hold and control, but it didn’t slow me down. These aren’t like the Techflex’s that are meant for really big, good waves, they are kind of all-rounder fins.
Haydenshapes White Noiz Summary
If we talk about the good, the good, and not so good of the Haydenshapes White Noiz, it is a fun little shortboard for smaller waves.
I didn’t surf this down to one foot and I don’t think I would surf this board down to one foot. It’s just not that type of board. But at two foot, waist to stomach high up to head high, and maybe a foot overhead is about as big as I surfed it, it does have a really great feel to it and again, I think it’s the type of board that many people could get on and enjoy. It’s quite forgiving and easy to ride once I dialed in the fins.
However, I think you could really push this quite hard as a good surfer. I think you could surf a lot of technical waves on smaller days and really get a lot out of this board as a more experienced surfer.
That is the Haydenshapes White Noiz. Hope you enjoyed this surfboard review. If you have any questions, let’s talk about it in the comments. Of course, we’d love it if you’d subscribe to our mailing list and I will speak with you again soon.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Haydenshapes White Noiz Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at Haydenshapes website.
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