SURFBOARD REVIEW: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto

30 Oct 2012 2


OVERVIEW

 Hayden Shapes has pretty much been killing it the last few years amongst the free-surf set. Sure you won't be seeing Mick Fanning, and Joel Parkinson on an HS Psychedelic Germ or Hypto come Pipe, but if your heroes are more of the Craig Anderson and Warren Smith variety, you're likely to find a board in their range for your quiver. The Hypto Krypto is what they call "the most versatile shape in the Haydenshapes range, enabling it to be ridden in waves from 1ft to 8ft." It paddles well and goes fast, and probably most famously, has been ridden with timeless style by Craig Anderson at very solid Desert Point and G-Land (on a 5'4" no less). We cut open the box it came in and threw it to four surfers in the Coastalwatch office of differing abilities. This is what they thought:

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THE REVIEWS

ALEX BEVERIDGE
Graphic Designer, Surfing World Magazine

AGE: 22
HEIGHT: 5'11"
WEIGHT: 80kg
YEARS SURFING:  9
AVERAGE SURFS PER WEEK: 3
REGULAR BOARD: 5’9” HS Psychedelic Germ  

TESTED BOARD: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto 5'4"

“It was a two-foot left rip bowl when I went out. I’ve seen heaps of Hyptos before but never ridden one. ’Cause I ride a (Hayden Shapes) Psychedelic Germ there was heaps more volume around the nose of the board than I was used to, I could tell the 5’4” was a little bit too small for me, but I could still surf it. Got some fun ones, it was quick and fairly loose but not in a bad way, I also think it was loose because it was too small for me. The 5’6” would have been the go for me but this one still turned well. It looks like a fishy board but it doesn’t surf like your standard fish. It looks like a board you would only cruise on but you can rip on it.

Ideally you’d surf on this. anywhere from small summer surf, to... I’d love to surf it in perfect four to five foot waves as well. ’Cause with the pin-ish tail it would sit well in the barrel. Maybe airs… not as much as other boards, but good for turns I reckon. And speed, it loves the speed."

Two words: "Too fun."

BEN MACARTNEY
Chief Swell Forecaster, Coastalwatch 

AGE: 40
HEIGHT: 5'10"
WEIGHT: 68kg
YEARS SURFING: 30
AVERAGE SURFS PER WEEK: 5-10
REGULAR BOARD: 5’10” Al Merrick Thruster

TESTED BOARD: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto 5'4"

“I didn’t ride it for long, but I caught a few small sucky lefts on the shorey. And just from that I thought it felt like a good board that generates plenty of speed. The pin-tail allows you to really lay into turns without worrying about sliding out. For a board that’s 5’4” it had really good flotation and I could catch plenty of waves, and that’s probably the board I’d pick of this model for my weight, the 5’4”. I think any clean two-to-four foot beachie or point, reasonably steep transition in the wave face it would go well in.”

Two words: "Fast and sharp."

MIKE JENNINGS
Editor/Kook, Coastalwatch 

AGE: 26
HEIGHT: 5'11"
WEIGHT: 75kg
YEARS SURFING: 15
AVERAGE SURFS PER WEEK: 2
REGULAR BOARD: 6’1” NPJ Single Fin

TESTED BOARD: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto 5'4"

“I only got about two waves on this thing and my first thoughts were that it was going to be too small. 5'4", like, that's outrageous. That's only five feet and four inches from not existing. And you can't argue with that. That's maths. Thing is though, there's a heap of volume in the board so you can paddle around on it pretty easy. I was pretty tentative on take-off, and I'm far too big a kook to put it on rail but I think a 5'6" would be perfect though. I picked up the 5'8" later and it felt really thick, so the 5'6" would be ideal. The waves I got were pretty fun. Sort of a big fat roll in, that you could pump through to a close out on the shorebreak. The whole time I was just pretending to be Craig Anderson, which was fun, but my hair is nowhere near long enough, so I'll need to work on that.”

Two words: "Ando's hair?"

JAKE McBRIDE
Photographer

AGE: 35
HEIGHT: 5'11"
WEIGHT: 95kg
YEARS SURFING: 20
AVERAGE SURFS PER WEEK: 5
REGULAR BOARD: 6'2" Local Motion Thruster

TESTED BOARD: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto 5'8"

“I had heard good things from other people about the Hypto. My first thoughts when I picked it up was that it was very light, extremely light, really nice lines, nice to pickup for sure. I thought it would be a loose board that would turn really tight in the pocket, apart from that I didn’t have too many expectations.

Conditions I surfed it in were three foot, cross shore, slightly onshore – still a nice shape to the waves, so not too bad.

I had a little bit of trouble, onshore winds and my 95 kilograms, I could have used the 5’10” for sure, but when the board gets in the pocket it’s the quickest board I’ve ever surfed in terms of little off the top lip moves, not in terms of cutbacks. But just in terms of size, me being a bit of a bigger guy, and it being only 5’8", it turned really quick.

My standard shortboard is a 6’2” and I’d say that this had more buoyancy and it caught waves really easily, especially if you sat further forward than you thought you’d need to. That surprised me. If I was down to 90 kilograms, that board would be pretty good for performance, but if I wanted a summer board to just cruise on I’d go the 5’10”.

Ideally, I reckon it would be perfect for 2-to-4 foot offshore. I don’t really feel that that board was a necessarily... it’s not like a horse pill, it’s still a performance board you can still rip on it."

Two words: "Light, loose."

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