THE HYPTO 5 FIN
The Hypto Krypto 5 Fin is a variation of our best selling "2014 Surfboard of the Year" Hypto Krypto tri fin model. The five fin set up allows it to be ridden as either a quad or thruster.
"For the Hypto Krypto to surf best as a quad fin, I have shifted the placement of the front and rear fins an 1/8" up the board to allow it to surf smoothly and freely when going down the line and surfing in the pocket," says Hayden.
Hayden's theory with quads is to have the positioning of the rear fins quite centralized and only with half a degree tow in. This gives the board a lot of projection down the line. To compensate for that, the design of the fin has 3 degrees of splay in the base and 9 degrees in the tip which allows it to be closer to the rail line of the board. The transitional splay opens up the tips of the fin, resulting in the board surfing more freely and not tracking down the line. This combined with the Futures Scimitar foil increases the speed and drive throughout turns.
When comparing the quad fin and tri fin in this model, Hayden suggests that the tri fin surfs a little more freely with slightly less connection and the quad fin will feel more connected with added drive and projection down the line. When riding it with the Haydenshapes Rear Quad fins that created specifically for HS quad designs, it still allows the surfer to still maintain the tighter archs in the pocket, which ultimately makes this board so fun to ride.
FAQ’S WITH HAYDEN COX
Has there been any change to the Hypto Krypto shape?
No. The Hypto Krypto bottom contours work well with both a thruster setup as well as a quad setup.
What rides better, the quad or thruster version?
Riding the Hypto Krypto as a thruster or quad will be personal preference to how you like your boards to feel, along with the types of waves that you will be surfing. As a quad setup, it will have more connection and grip on the wave face, whilst having more
drive laterally in the wave. You will feel the lift from the fin setup throughout turns on the open face.
Due to the positioning of the fin cluster and the design of the rear quad fin, the quad setup will still turn tight enough in the pocket through the pivot of the centered rear quads and the scimitar twist in the rear quad fin which helps the board flow through tighter arcs than a traditional quad setup (closer to the rails).
Does it come in FCS II?
Currently not. It is available with Futures Fins only and I highly recommend the Haydenshapes Rear Quad fins for the best performance.
Didn't you say it was best as a Tri Fin not a Quad?
I always preferred this model as a thruster when I first designed it. At the same time, as a shaper you need to listen to customer feedback and I could see the demand for a quad option also. So did I throw a few extra fins in and release it overnight? Not at all. I spent around 1 year testing different configurations which is when I decided that I wanting to create a unique quad fin with Futures Fins to suit my board designs specifically. Now that I have spent the time doing the R & D on fins (including a trip to Indo in Oct 2014 with the team at Futures) and getting the configuration really dialled for the shape, I personally like both options. It's is down to each subjective opinion of the surfer and what they like.
Can I actually ride it as a 5 fin?
I personally would not recommend this, no. Stick to riding it as either a quad or tri only.
What fins should I ride in the front?
Keep the same front fins as you would normally ride in your thruster setup. The Hypto Krypto likes a fin with a wider base. In beach breaks I suggest more tip area and a little more upright template, and for point breaks a little less tip area and more rake.