The Hydronaut is Tomo’s first step-up dedicated to powerful waves
We’re anxious to finally release this shape for the first time after years of refinement by Tomo because this model has earned a cult-like following over the past several years since Tomo first made it public.
This shape has an elliptical template with a wide point forward of center and a tight radius ‘torpedo’ round nose profile.
This ‘torpedo’ nose represents Tomo’s big wave approach to maneuverability, in the same way his ‘cut off’ nose in the Omni and Cymatic represent his approach to maneuverability in smaller waves.
In Tomo’s words, the ‘torpedo’ nose gives the surfer a “safer feeling in critical situations because of the way it enhances the quickness of direction changes when maneuvers are made at high speed”.
Tomo has surfed this board everywhere from Black’s to Baja Malibu to Hawaii, and all over Australia. And so has Stuey Kennedy.
Together these two have brought Tomo’s big wave philosophies to the masses for the first time with the Hydronaut, and we’re anticipating an elevated level of performance surfing on big waves in 2018. We’re also excited for average surfers to find that this shape can do the simple stuff easily: Drop in. Pull in. Spit out. Kick out.
Ability:Intermediate - Expert
Bottom Contours:Quad Inside Single Concave
Ideal Wave Size:5-10+ft
Tomo Hydronaut Review
A few months back Thomas came into the shop and bought a Tomo Hydronaut. This board is the first step-up by Daniel Thompson and has been proven in a variety of heavy conditions.
Thomas has been really enjoying his Hydronaut and came into the shop the other day to tell us about the board.
“It works really well and goes so good on the North Shore. It has a lot of thickness, so even though it’s a 6'8" and I’m 5'11" and 200 pounds, it paddles like a 7'4". I ride the board in waves in the 6- to 8-foot range, and find that it’s perfect for the Country. I had the board glassed heavy, and it really seems to handle chop, which is great on windy days. I ride the board as a quad, and just love it.”
There you have it—our first review of the Hydronaut, and unsurprisingly, it’s a positive one. If you are looking for a new step-up shape to take your heavy water game to the next level, the Hydronaut is a great option.