Surfboard Reviews With Chris Coté
I am Chris Coté, ex-Creative Content Editor at TransWorld SURF. These days I have a bit more time on my hands to surf, so why not grab some new shred blades and test them out for shits and giggles? I am 5'7" and weigh somewhere around 165 pounds. I surf better than you might think, although I'm getting worse every day. Here are my thoughts on one of the hottest new boards on the market…
I've wanted one of these boards for a while now. I tried one a year or so ago but it was the 5'6" model and was a little too chubby for me (insert fat kid joke here). Anyway, I got this board last week and at first grab, it felt like a dream under my arm—light, curvy, and poppy. My first surf was in chest high super mushy waves breaking far out, flattening out in the middle section, then reforming into a dumpy inside closeout. On the first few waves I couldn't really figure out where to put my feet. There is a lot of flat deck space on this board and after a few waves getting used to my foot placement, I really started locking in and adapted to this board very quickly.
By the fourth wave I was streaking down the line, carving drawn out cutbacks and easily skating across a long flat section—no Huntington Hop needed. The Hypto Krypto whipped through cutbacks with ease and rebounds off the whitewater felt whippy and quick. I was shocked on how easily it planed across flat sections—especially for a fat ass like me. After six or seven waves I felt in tune with this board, which is rare for me—sometimes it takes me a while to commit.
I knew I'd have to come up with something for a "weakness" of this board, but all I could think of it's it was when doing backside snaps, it was a bit tricky to do tight bottom turns straight up in to the lip, as the board felt like it wanted to do a bit more drawn out of a bottom turn. One thing I noticed is that when you're paddling this board, your chest will be near right on the wide spot high up on the nose, wax this board all the way to the "HS" logo, or you're gonna slip off and look like as dipshit like I did when I first paddled out.
In the short time I rode this board, it felt amaze balls. I did a frontside air on my ninth wave and if you don't believe me, ask your mom, she videoed it. —CC
Above: Craig Anderson on the Hypto Krypto by Haydenshapes