The Hypto Krypto by Hayden Cox or Hayden Shapes, does it live up to the hype of a one board quiver killer?
The short answer is yes, and while this has been discussed before here’s my take on why.
Welcome to Rogers Surfboards review, today we are talking about the Hayden Shapes – Hypto Krypto. I’m riding a 6’0 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 coming in at 36.56L which is a litre and half less then I normally ride.
There’s two reason I went lower in volume, one is I’ve lost some weight and the other is when listening to Hayden Cox describe the Hypto he pointed out its best to ride this board so your front foot lands around the logo, this is about where the wide point is. Having your front foot in that sweet spot really helps avoid the nose catching and also makes sure you are using the wide point for what it was intended for, drive and boy does it have that.
Now the features of the Hypto are well documented, its got a wide fish like nose, a pulled in pin tail and flat rocker. There’s not a huge amount of concave in the bottom and nor does there need to be as all adding concave will do its speed the board up and make it feel out of control. Its got a nice subtle amount of tail kick and nose that still makes the board very user friendly in the pocket when sized correctly. The low tucked rails allows the Hypto to engage the face with ease. Now if you don’t want to surf back in the pocket and just want to cruise then the shape still lends itself to been surfed longer the only down side is the nose may become an issue when the waves get steeper. So in this sense yes the board is a one board quiver.
But what if you do want to surf it with aggression? It will still surf top to bottom, wrap back in the pocket and do lots of enjoyable things. However to do this you almost need to take volume out of the picture. With the Hypto volume is more a guide. The Future Flex that you normally see them in is super floaty and feels like your riding a couple more litres to what the the board is. This in part due the flat rocker and the wide nose. Most of the foam is under your chest. This is what allowed me to drop nearly 2 litres out from what I normally ride and not even notice it.
I’m sure most people have seen this picture
Craig Anderson riding a 5’4 Hypto at 8 foot Greenbush and while he is a very skilled surf I would actually comfortably paddle my Hypto in similar conditions (not that it will be happening any time soon)
I’ve surfed the Hypto in knee high left hand beachie that ran down the sand for 50m to head high point breaks and beachies and every time no matter how crappy, blown out or clean the surf has been the Hypto has provided tones of fun and left lasting experiences in my mind. I got the Hypto in a quest to find a board that brought back a sensation from my early teens. I was surfing a 5-6 foot day a local point its a full tide and the faces where so pick and long you could draw out this amazing turns and the board I was on while a swallow tail had some similar traits to the Hypto. Let me tell you the Hypto has brought those feelings back but in every condition I’ve had the board in. Yet when called upon it will still do a nice vertical snap of floater come out with tones of speed and continue down the line.
Speed is one this board does not lack, and there is very little effort involved in generating speed on this board, in fact if you try and complicate speed generation you will usually slow down. I’ve found in knee to chest high the Hypto is best as a quad, I’m using the HS1 quad set as the trailers Hayden has set up to work with the Hypto and with the Futures V2 foil and speed generating flex you get heaps of drive and a board that is still able to turn on a dime. This is in part due to the up right nature of the fine but there is still enough of full tip to give you hold when required. When the surf turns on I find the large JJF best, I have fallen in love with this fin when the waves are good. They allow some insane turns and really complement the Hyptos pin tail. I have also run the Jack Freestone generation fin with great success but have found the HS1 quad and JJF cover the waves I usually ride.
As far as the Future Flex tech, goes as I mentioned in the Untitled review (here) it does get foot wells and compression’s on the deck but as a whole the quality of the construction is outstanding. I have also not had and issues when the wind is up of the board feeling chattery or corky.
So to answer the question is the Hypto a one board quiver? Yes it is for just about anyone, sure for those who want to surf like the pros this likely won’t work. No matter how advances you are if you have a more aggressive approach it won’t go where you want it to however if you approach is more of Rob Machado or Craig Anderson beginner, intermediate or advance the Hypto will bring smiles for days, memories that last a life time and allow you to draw lines that traditional shapes will not.
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