The Hydroshort session that broke our iPhones (almost)

Word has been rumbling through Huntington Beach about this session since June when Timmy Reyes missioned to a fickle right hander to test the Hydroshort in LFT before the final decision was made by Tomo to release this new shape in Helium.

When Timmy got back, he kept the footage on lockdown, but began sharing stories over drinks with friends about the sessions seen above, and the shape he rode.

Since then, HB has been abuzz with intrigue over this new evolution of the Hydronaut directed at what Tomo calls “The three to five foot range and up to six feet”.

The Helium Hydroshort

Why did Tomo decide to release the Hydroshort in Helium instead of LFT?

“The Hydroshort is a continuation of the Hydronaut – a board designed for powerful waves, tube riding and such… So the Hydroshort was a natural progression to be a more all around design both for smaller waves and everyday kind of conditions.”

Clearly the shape looks insane in the very un-everyday waves Timmy surfs above, proving the shape unexpectedly diverse, and that’s where Helium comes in; as Tomo continues:

“Helium generates a lot of speed. The tech will load you up and spring you through a turn, so you feel a lot of acceleration through a turn.”

Turns too – Timmy Reyes flicks the lip on the Hydroshort

These kind of on-rail sensations that Tomo mentions are what create speed generation in weak waves, meaning Helium especially impacts the sort of waves Tomo initially set out to see the Hydroshort perform well in.

LFT in contrast is most effective at controlling the speed a powerful wave gives you, which may be why Timmy was able to test the Hydroshorts limits in the above clip, and further details why Tomo chose LFT for his popular Hydronaut model (seen in the clip below) – it’s purely built for shooting through tubes from Fiji to Mexico and more; even California.

You can find the Hydroshort at most surf shops – Cleanline, Surf Station, Boardshop and Real, as well as the surf shop down the street from your house.

Dimensions Here:

5’ 04” x 18 1/16 x 2 3/16” – 22.8 L

5′ 05” x 18 5/16” x 2 1/4” – 24.1 L

5′ 06” x 18 9/16” x 2 5/16” – 25.5 L

5′ 07” x 18 13/16” x 2 3/8” – 26.9 L

5′ 08” x 19 1/16” x 2 7/16” – 28.3 L

5′ 09” x 19 5/16” x 2 1/2” – 29.8 L

5′ 10” x 19 9/16” x 2 9/16” – 31.4 L

5′ 11” x 19 13/16” x 2 5/8” – 33.0 L

6′ 00” x 20 1/16” x 2 11/16” – 34.7 L

6′ 01” x 20 5/16” x 2 3/4” – 36.4 L

6′ 02” x 20 9/16” x 2 13/16” – 38.1 L

6′ 04” x 21 1/16” x 2 15/16” – 41.8 L

6′ 06” x 21 9/16” x 3 1/16” – 45.8 L

6′ 08” x 22 1/16” x 3 3/16” – 49.9 L

They Hydroshort is built from 5’4 to 6’8.