Anyone in the surfing community must have at one point, heard of the Hypto Krypto. A lot has been said about it. A lot has been written about it.
But, does this multiple-award-winning surfboard presented by Hayden Cox to the famous Craig Anderson, really make the grade of one board quiver killer? Or is it just another superficial marketing campaign?
Hypto Krypto reviews are everywhere. Raves about it are posted online, some through written comments and others through video reviews. One thing is for sure, it does live up to the hype.
Craig Anderson and Hayden Shapes’ Hypto Krypto
When Hayden Cox showed his team rider Craig Anderson a surfboard of an unexpected sort, the latter was so thrilled he didn’t touch it for a year. He just stared at the surfboard that was narrow in the tail combined with a wide point forward that resembled something from the 70s. Looks retro but dressed with carbon fiber Flex Rails and a regular 3 fin setup.
The sight of Hypto Krypto took him back to when he was younger. Mostly because he wasn’t into the complicated looking fish boards, rather he was fond of a clean and normal looking one. For Craig Anderson, shorter and aesthetically weird surfboards have that unclean and almost cheating personality to them.
He took it out one time to try it out on shallow banks and that started his relationship with Hypto Krypto. He rode with it everywhere and anyone who saw him with it was convinced it was the next best thing to ride.
Just this single picture alone is enough to convert you to turn into Hypto Krypto. I mean, look at how they both make surfing look easy?
For Craig, his experience with Hypto Krypto made him not want to have other board under his feet. Hypto Krypto made serious drops when you commit to them. He wouldn’t give much thought to his feet when he stands up. He gets a bunch of paddle speeds, waves. It rides fast and it just suits his surfing.
Hypto Krypto In Detail
So, just how does this board make Craig Anderson feel that way? And, other famous riders who have tried it for that matter?
Simple. At least, according to its shaper, Hayden Cox.
Hayden was shaping a couple of twin fins that had the same traditional wide swallowtail designs and he felt they went too straight. It didn’t fit into the pocket. His solution was to grab the same design, add his semi-gun rounded pintail, blended the curves, and to his surprise, it worked.
The best shapers know that when you pull the tail, move the wide point forward of to the middle, give it a straight rocker, and allow it to rely on the curve of the outline make maneuverability. It was the same ingredients used with Dave Parmenter’s Stub Vectors in the 90s.
What makes the two different is that Hypto Krypto brought this genre to the new generation. And with a personality like Craig Anderson who rides it in such a sublime fashion, it made the board close to enchantment, that it rose Hayden’s worldwide sales to more than 30%.
Hypto Krypto – The One Board Quiver
Hayden Shapes describes the Hypto Krypto as a balance of tradition and modern performance. They are suited to elite level riders down to the everyday surfer. Its versatility gave its title as the “one board quiver.” Its engineering and design allow it to be the board you need for all types of surf conditions.
Its features are well familiar – wide nose like the fish, pulled in pintail, and flat rocker. There is just the right amount of concave int its bottom and there is no need to add some more to speed the board up, or it will only make it feel out of control.
The restrained amount of tail kick and nose makes it very user-friendly in the pockets when sized accordingly. It allows you to undertake the face with ease with its low tuckered rails.
But, if surfing back in the pocket is not what you feel like doing in some days, Hypto Krypto is still the board you would want to ride. Its shape still lends itself to be surfed longer when you just want to cruise.
Surfing with aggression – only do it with the right level of expertise. Hypto Krypto surfs top to bottom. It wraps back in the pocket and allows the rider to do a variety of enjoyable spins. But, to do this, you must take the volume out of the picture. Volume is more a guide with the Hypto Krypto.
The Future Flex that this board feature makes the board super floaty, creating that feeling of riding a couple more liters than what the board really is. This is partly due to the flat rocker combined with the wide nose, leaving most of the foam under your chest. These features allow aggressive riders to drop nearly 2 liters out.
You can ride the board not just in 8 ft waves, but even more so in knee high conditions.
Speed is one thing Hypto Krypto will not fail to produce. It won’t even require you to exert too much effort to generate speed on it. In reality, the more you try and complicate speed generation with this board, the slower you down.
The quality of construction – the Future Flex technology is outstanding. It does get footwell and compressions on the deck, but you won’t have any problems when the wind is up off the board feeling long-winded or breezy.
Hypto Krypto at a Glance
- Rocker: Flat throughout with slight lift in the entry
- Rail: Low rails
- Concave: Rolled Vee in the entry to a slight single blending into a vee double
- Tail Shape: Rounded Pin
- Construction and Glassing:
- Future Flex
- PE (Polyurethane-Epoxy)
- PE-C (Polyurethane-Epoxy Carbon Composite)
- Fin Layout and System:
- FCS II
- Recommended Sizes
|5′ 0″||19″||2 1/16″||21.8L||54kg / 120lb or less|
|5′ 2″||19 1/4″||2 1/8″||23.5L||56kg / 123lb or less|
|5′ 4″||19 1/2″||2 3/8″||27.2L||59kg / 130lb or less|
|5′ 5″||19 5/8″||2 5/16″||27.2L||62kg / 136lb or less|
|5′ 5″||19 3/4″||2 3/8″||28.6L||64kg / 143lb or less|
|5′ 7″||19 7/8″||2 7/16″||29.9L||69kg / 151lb or less|
|5′ 8″||20″||2 1/2″||31L||68kg / 150lb or less|
|5′ 9″||20 1/8″||2 1/2″||32.3L||72kg / 158lb or less|
|5′ 10″||20 1/4″||2 5/8″||33.7L||75kg / 164lb or less|
|5′ 11″||20 3/8″||2 11/16″||34.7L||75kg / 165lb or less|
|6′ 0″||20 1/2″||2 3/4″||36.3L||78kg / 171lb or less|
|6′ 1″||20 5/8″||2 3/4″||37.7L||81kg / 178lb or less|
|6′ 2″||20 3/4″||2 3/4″||38.4L||81kg / 178lb or less|
|6′ 4″||21″||3″||43.2L||84kg / 186lb or less|
|6′ 6″||21 1/2″||3″||45.5L||87kg / 191lb or less|
|6′ 8″||22″||3 1/4″||51.4L||91kg / 200lb or less|
|6′ 10″||22 1/2″||3 1/4″||54L||96kg / 121lb or less|
|7′ 0″||23″||3 7/16″||59.6L||102kg / 225lb or less|
Hypto Krypto works for a broad range of surfers. But, keep in mind that you won’t instantly become be riding like professionals just because you have it. Riding it in an aggressive approach won’t take you anywhere. It is common to see surfboarders riding a high-performance board that is not at par with their level of expertise. Then, they get frustrated that they don’t ride like their favorite professional surfer.
Overall, it deserves the award for Surfboard of the Year for two consecutive years (2014 & 2015) at the Australian Surf Industry Awards held by the Surf and Boardsports Industry Association (SBIA). All because of its subtle concave, flat rocker and a generous slab of foam under where your front foot is.