What would the Hypto Krypto be without Craig Anderson? Conversely, what would Craig Anderson be without the Hypto? Both are synonymous.
It’s instinctual. Pick a board up, sling it under your arm, suss the weight, the balance, the fine-sanded glass job under your fingertips. Almost right away you can tell if it’s a magic carpet or just a dog.
That leads us to Haydenshapes’ Hypto Krypto, the world’s highest-selling board that has won the Australian Surf Industry Award for Surfboard of the Year two years running now. An unorthodox little number, it’s the exceptionally well-balanced marriage of a twin fin and rounded pin. About five years ago Craig Anderson introduced the world to his collaboration with shaper Hayden Cox while scoring 200-yard long tubes at Skeleton Bay in Namibia. This July Mr. Anderson faded his 5’4” Krypto in throbbing 10- to 12-foot Kanduis with the causal aplomb that he’s renown for, thus legitimizing the design in the dreamiest, heaviest of scenarios.
The excitement and fear of seeing what’s happening on the wave behind.
It’s the subtlety of Craig Anderson’s surfing that wins so many fans. Even the most simple things like kicking out look like a work of art.
Craig Anderson’s approach of riding small boards in huge waves defies belief.
“I’ve just always ridden them when it got bigger, and they feel good and I just know my way around them,” said Anderson of the board’s performance during that session. “You can just glide in, and there’s so much foam in them. After I snapped my Hypto at Kanduis, I was sitting on my shortboard in the water and just the buoyancy, even sitting there it felt under-buoyant. Even when you’re just sitting there on the Hypto, there’s so much energy in the board. Same when you’re paddling.”
Craig, the Hytpo and the friendliest-looking Teahupoo you’re ever likely to see.
Craig launches on the world’s most recognizable (and highest-selling) surfboard in the world.
Therein lies the Hypto’s appeal-it’s user friendly. From long left points, to kegging Indo reefs, to you average beachbreak garbage, it works in just about anything. One of the reasons it works so well for such a wide cross section of surfers is that, as noted, Hayden was generous with the foam. More buoyance equals more paddle power, which usually equals more waves ridden per session. If there’s one thing surfers can all agree on it’s that catching more waves is a good thing. The other aspect that makes the boards so wildly popular is that Hayden was able to combine a number of previously unrelated design concepts and produce something new, exciting and highly functional.
Changing direction on the Hayden at small Teahupoo.
In many decades time, we will reminisce the style of Mr Craig Anderson.
“I was shaping a couple of twin-fins and they had those traditional wide swallowtail designs and I found they went too straight. They didn’t want to fit into the pocket,” explained Hayden. “So I grabbed that same design and put my semi-gun rounded pintail into it, blended the curves and…it worked!”
It’s taken somebody that moves the proverbial needle, like Ando, to sell the masses on the concept. Once people started seeing what he was able to do on it, and once their friends started jumping on them, the boards started flying off the rack.
Here it is: the HK. The game changer for Hayden Cox and something so unique that many shapers question its merit.
“Other shapers come in and grab the board and just shake their head at it. I’m not sure whether it’s because they hate the shape or it’s because they can’t believe they didn’t do it first,” says Froggy, owner of Surf Culture in Sydney.