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Title: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 24, 2019, 08:07:28 AM
I love guns. They are so versatile. Here's my latest purchase. This one is a Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12-6 29" wide 170L gun, with thin rails, and deep concaves. It is a full wood sandwich construction with a wooden stringer that creates an I-beam type arrangement to make it strong and stiff. The wood is a tropical hardwood in a thick veneer, so that adds strength too.

I've only had it for a while, so I'll post an update when I can tell you what it is like in decent surf. But what I can tell you so far is:

1. It is a really superb small wave groveler - it catches EVERYTHING.

2. It is CRAZY stable. Its low volume, thin rails that are hard throughout, and marked concaves means it sits low in the water and is FAR more stable than you'd think for 29". It is a stable as a table. They are really onto something here.

3. It paddles surprisingly fast for a 12-6 low volume board. The rocker is quite modest for a gun shape, which helps. The concaves seem to help with tracking.

4. It is fast and maneuverable for a 12-6 on the wave. It feels much smaller than its size on a wave.

I'll have to wait to see how it is in bigger conditions. It's not really a beachbreak board, obviously, but I bought it for a rippy offshore  sandbank bombora that yields super-long rides on fat waves, and I suspect it will be perfect for that.

It came with bungees on the rear, so you could use it for day trips, as long as you weren't carrying much. But I have removed these since I will be surfing this.

You could easily put in a good few miles on a day trip on this - it's very comfortable and easy to paddle. It even works surprisingly well as a pocket downwinder, as long as you aren't heavy.

I think that boards like these are actually much better "all-around" boards than the typical spoon-nosed boards that are usually sold with that label. And it's a GUN! :) The very sight of it gets my adrenaline going in anticipation of some serious fun.

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Bean on May 24, 2019, 08:19:44 AM
Congrats A-10, that looks like it could be alot of fun!
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Dusk Patrol on May 24, 2019, 08:59:47 AM
Beautiful board! Yep, guns have a look about them.

Interesting it's so stable.  Post a report if you get on that long, fat sandbar ride.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: ukgm on May 24, 2019, 09:41:50 AM
I love guns. They are so versatile. Here's my latest purchase.

Now that is a fine looking board. Local company to me and they are producing some nice stuff that stands out from the masses.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Wetstuff on May 24, 2019, 10:07:14 AM
Cool, 10...   It's not your father's sailboard popout brand for sure! Lotsa eye candy.  I don't know 'Shape from Shinola' (your father's reference) but there is some serious foam removal on the bottom. The authorities make me wear a tag around my neck about me not being permitted to attempt any <32", but I can, like you, find 29" workable on a 12.  Good luck with it.

Jim
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Luc Benac on May 24, 2019, 11:06:10 AM
It looks beautiful - in a Pina Colada kind of way :-) Will look great against the drab grey UK sky...
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 24, 2019, 11:25:30 AM
It looks beautiful - in a Pina Colada kind of way :-) Will look great against the drab grey UK sky...
Itís less red in real life than it looks in those pictures. The bright sun was reflecting off the board. The ďrealĒ colour is more like the shot of the rear leash plugs.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 24, 2019, 11:33:05 AM
I love guns. They are so versatile. Here's my latest purchase.

Now that is a fine looking board. Local company to me and they are producing some nice stuff that stands out from the masses.
Well, the UK distributor is close to you, but the company is based in Hawaii (Big Island) and the boards are made in the Far East...

I got a rather tasty full carbon paddle with it (with oval shaft) plus the bag, and a leash, all for a little less than eg. an Infinity New Deal costs in the UK. So, this is certainly a premium brand, price-wise (and some of the boards made with very rare woods and special materials are very expensive) but you can really see the value in the board, in terms of materials and workmanship, unlike with some other expensive brands. As far as I can tell at the moment, it is very well-made.

The only criticism that would be made about it routinely would no doubt be that itís not the lightest board in the world. But if you use a thick hardwood veneer than that is inevitable, and itís not too bad.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Night Wing on May 24, 2019, 11:39:14 AM
Very nice sharp looking board. Best looking sup board I've ever seen. I like it's overall  gun shape. From looking at  the photos, it looks like it has Futures fin boxes too. I'm partial to Futures boxes.

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: gzasinets on May 24, 2019, 04:43:30 PM
Very nice sharp looking board. Best looking sup board I've ever seen. I like it's overall  gun shape. From looking at  the photos, it looks like it has Futures fin boxes too. I'm partial to Futures boxes.

No, those are FCS  ;)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: burchas on May 24, 2019, 05:03:42 PM
Congrats 8) Beautiful shape!
Definitely my definition of an all-arounder.
Maybe it's so special you'll put out a video of you surfing it ;)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 24, 2019, 09:09:59 PM
Congrats 8) Beautiful shape!
Definitely my definition of an all-arounder.
Maybe it's so special you'll put out a video of you surfing it ;)
Yes, I will. It has a leash plug fitting on the nose for a GoPro. Although the sight of me surfing anything is hardly likely to show what this board is capable of; more likely to induce biliousness. Just need a decent clean swell now... but itís almost summer here so itís tiny surf for weeks on end.

And yes, the sidebites are FCS, unfortunately- I prefer Futures too. But the boxes seem to be well installed: the various fins I have, both side bites and centre fins, seem to fit the boxes just fine (including FCSII longboard fins). The fins that come with the board are rather nice: Carbon and honeycomb, they seem light and strong, and having surfed them, Iím not feeling a particular urge to change them, which is unusual for a fin-fanatic like me.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: surfinJ on May 24, 2019, 11:22:00 PM
Very sweet stick.  Just to get an idea, what are your dimensions?
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: FRP on May 25, 2019, 01:29:19 AM
Beautiful board! A work of art. Love the nose and tail blocks. I look forward to the surf reports.

Cheers

Bob
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 25, 2019, 01:55:39 AM
Very sweet stick.  Just to get an idea, what are your dimensions?
Thanks. Iím about 5ft 9Ē and 170lbs. If you were 200lbs this would feel like a (long) shortboard to you :) itís that manoeuvrable. And I still canít get over how stable it is. Itís more stable than some 32Ē wide boards Iíve owned, yet itís only 29Ē wide. I could have had 28Ē easily in this and it still be fine for me even in chop. In the clean little surf conditions I had at dawn today I was mucking about on it doing coffin rides etc - itís just so stable that it invites you to muck about like that.

If you were a massive guy though youíd be paddling it with the deck half under water. These board designs are I think aimed at either experienced bigger guys, or small and medium beginner-to-intermediates.

But I love a stable board: My balance is distinctly average. And I love the feel of thin rails and low volume in surf, and the drive and glide of a longer board. So it suits me just fine, even though no doubt I could have got the 11-6 or 10-6 versions of this board... which I just might :)

Itís SO rare to find a brand that is selling boards that are fairly wide but also thin. Most brands seem to balloon the volume as they make the board wider. But this just makes them corky and hard to surf well, unless you are the size of a mountain. Iíve been looking for a brand for some time that makes boards that arenít stupid short for my local conditions, and have width for some stability, but arenít also high volume thick-railed barges aimed at 300lb beginners. At last Iíve found one. In large part I think they can do this because they use superior strength construction (eg. using a thick wood stringer, good quality foam, thick hardwood veneers and they vacuum-bag multiple times). So they can go thinner without the board flexing too much: So many brands use foam thickness, I suspect, as a way of avoiding more skilled and expensive ways of making a board rigid and strong. So if you want a stable and long board from them you end up with something floaty and bloaty. Well this gun sure isnít bloaty. Itís lean and itís mean and itís ready to deliver fun no matter what you want to do :)

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: supnsurf on May 25, 2019, 07:35:07 AM
Very nice, concaves are deep almost Bonzerish.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 25, 2019, 07:59:39 AM
Very nice, concaves are deep almost Bonzerish.
Yes. But itís actually even more extreme than a bonzer because the deep concaves and rail chines run pretty much the entire length of the board. Hereís a video of the 10-6 version of my gun. On my 12-6 the bottom contours seem even more pronounced. It really works well, though. You can really pump the board for speed, and it adds a lot of paddling stability through a kind of catamaran effect.

https://youtu.be/3U7dcvy0118

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: supnsurf on May 25, 2019, 08:07:51 AM
A 10, what size fins are you using ?  8 or 9 center ?
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: robon on May 25, 2019, 11:12:04 AM
Wow. One of the nicest looking boards I have ever seen without question. Really versatile too by sounds of it. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on May 25, 2019, 11:41:22 AM
They are really stunning looking boards.

Just wish there was more information in the ways of opinion and reviews available for them.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 25, 2019, 12:32:40 PM
They are really stunning looking boards.

Just wish there was more information in the ways of opinion and reviews available for them.
Yes, I agree entirely. I had to take a leap of faith in buying one, in that respect. But Iím glad I did. I was pretty cautious - I already own so many SUPs that really the last thing I need is another one. So I approached this purchase with great caution: What I did first was look into the background of the guy who runs this company. Itís Ian Foo, who is this guy:

https://youtu.be/bk9zG28OCpI

He has a lot of paddling experience. And just about the most incredible abdominals Iíve ever seen on a guy in his mid-50s :)

That gave me confidence that this company wasnít likely to be some fly-by-night operation, and that the people involved in designing and making the boards would know their stuff. So, second, I contacted Ian Foo himself, through the distributor, and asked a bunch of questions about construction methods and materials. If I hadnít got a response or had just got a load of marketing BS then I was going to walk away. But he did answer personally, and although after that interaction I was still not 100% sure I should be buying yet another board, he had done enough to convince me to take a look st the boards in the flesh. So I met up with the UK distributor and spent quite a long time with him checking the board over and asking questions. By the end of that inspection I was in no doubt I should buy the board, even if I didnít know anyone - or had even read about anyone - else (outside the company) who had one. On this occasion, that decision definitely turned out to be the right one. My expectations were high, but it has exceeded them all. They are definitely onto something with this unique design approach (and construction method). Put simply, these boards make the typical fragile Cobra-built blobs of foam look quite primitive, both in construction and design aspiration.

Iíll try and get some video of the board in action, next time there is a decent swell. Maybe even do a video review, ukgm-style ;)

And just to say again, I paid full price for this board and I have no connection to the company.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on May 25, 2019, 12:42:59 PM
Good shout Area10. I'll look forward to your review. No pressure  ;D

The problem I find is actually identifying which board is best suited to me needs. This isn't a Hyper Nalu issue, for me its an industry wide one.

I can look at any number of brands and come away with a short list of what to try / buy. I can look again the next day and that list will have changed.

My inexperience / lack of knowledge causes a lot of this problem some real world would be a huge help, especially showing a really varied and everyday conditions.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 25, 2019, 12:44:47 PM
Wow. One of the nicest looking boards I have ever seen without question. Really versatile too by sounds of it. Enjoy.
Cheers! Iím enjoying just sitting looking at it right now, drinking a cold one :)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 25, 2019, 12:56:24 PM
A 10, what size fins are you using ?  8 or 9 center ?
Hi there supnsurf, yes, good question. The board comes with a 9Ē centre. And also with 4.5Ē sidebites. I can see the logic of this entirely: those who want to cruise around on this board will ditch the sidebites so you want the centre fin to be a decent size for tracking. And also if the owner does take the board into rhino-chaser do-or-die conditions then they are gonna need plenty of hold. But the waves Iíll be using this for wonít be much more than a couple of feet OH. So Iíll probably swap out the centre fin for a 7Ē dolphin and see how that goes. I have a PSH 12ft gun of similar volume and that came with a 2+1 with a 7Ē centre and itís plenty. I also have a Gong 12-6 that is 210L and run it with a 2+1 using a 7Ē Fluid Foils dolphin and that doesnít even spin out at head high+ with that setup. So I reckon that I might be able to go smaller than 9Ē for the Hypr 12-6 gun. Weíll see...
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: supnsurf on May 26, 2019, 08:29:57 AM
With a 7 " fin are you running a little bigger sidebite or using a smaller one ?   
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on May 26, 2019, 10:33:34 AM
With a 7 " fin are you running a little bigger sidebite or using a smaller one ?   
Iíll keep the same sidebites. This has the effect of, in effect, bringing the focus of the turning point forward a little, since the front fins will have relatively greater influence over the rear one than when using a bigger rear fin. This will be useful for a gun in ďnormalĒ size conditions since gun finboxes tend to be sited quite far back relative to other boards (since hold is normally more important than turn in a rhino-chaser). I might even experiment with slightly larger sidebites and a 6Ē centre for small conditions, but Iíll see how just changing out the centre to a 7Ē works first.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on June 18, 2019, 04:28:58 AM
I have an 11' 6" to go and collect at some point.

Just need to sort my life out and actually go and get it. It's waiting for me.

I'll post up my thoughts when I collect and manage to get out on it. I'm really inexperienced and also suffer with conditions that most people wouldn't even bother with so it might give a slightly different perspective on them.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 18, 2019, 05:28:54 PM
I have an 11' 6" to go and collect at some point.

Just need to sort my life out and actually go and get it. It's waiting for me.

I'll post up my thoughts when I collect and manage to get out on it. I'm really inexperienced and also suffer with conditions that most people wouldn't even bother with so it might give a slightly different perspective on them.
Iíve now got a 11-6 as well. Iím enormously impressed with it. It makes crappy small conditions fun: it will catch anything, and is surprisingly fast on the wave. Itís also a really good flat water paddler, for an 11-6 surf shape. The other day I went for a couple of miles in the sea on a fairly calm day and averaged 4.8 mph on it, without any particular effort, which is very good for a crappy paddler like me on a surf SUP.

The foot in length less than the 12-6, and half an inch narrower, makes the 11-6 perhaps a more usual scale for average-sized people than the 12-6. It fits under the arm well and is usefully lighter than the 12-6 to carry. But itís the speed and manoeuvrability on a wave that is its main feature. It really is remarkable for a board that size. And it is extraordinarily stable for 28.5Ē wide too. Itís a really good small wave groveller. The fairly flat rocker (which gives it its paddling speed) does mean that you need decent footwork when surfing it or youíll pearl it. But itís not an issue really, and the extra paddle speed over a more heavily rockered board is definitely worth it. The speed of the board means you can run bigger fins on it that you might otherwise, which can help even further with stability and control.

You are going to love it - although I wouldn't class it as a beginner board, for sure. Itís got some pretty serious mojo going on. Which veneer or finish did you get?
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on June 19, 2019, 12:15:29 AM
Well I do need to thank you for the advice given on my other thread.

I did contact Hypr in he UK, and had some good correspondence with Richard and he advised the 11'6" (as you had done, you're not the same person are you)?

Anyway, I  ummed and aahed about it for while as while I certainly understand the quality here, I had to really think about budget. Then from out of no where I found a second hand one that was a couple of hours away from home. It's in Applewood.

The logistics of collecting it is still a bit of a mare thanks to work and other upcoming commitments but I'll just have to pull my finger out somehow and then get it on the water, rain, shine whatever.

Now at 28.5" wide I'd have never have gone for this without some input from here and discussions with Hypr themselves.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 19, 2019, 01:32:17 AM
Haha! I tried to buy that Applewood 11-6 but youíd already put a deposit down on it!

And no, Iím not Richard. Iím not connected to the company in any way.

Well, if you donít like your applewood, at least you now know who you could sell it on to! I bought the 11-6 I mentioned for my son, because I liked the 12-6 so much. But I found that I liked the 11-6 so much I want one myself also.... that applewood would have been a good solution for me, although the logistics would have been extremely difficult for me too.

Ian Foo might make me a custom, perhaps. The shipping and taxes would make it crazy expensive though. Otherwise Iíll now have to wait until the next shipment in the autumn.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on June 19, 2019, 02:06:50 AM
Haha! I tried to buy that Applewood 11-6 but youíd already put a deposit down on it!

And no, Iím not Richard. Iím not connected to the company in any way.

Well, if you donít like your applewood, at least you now know who you could sell it on to! I bought the 11-6 I mentioned for my son, because I liked the 12-6 so much. But I found that I liked the 11-6 so much I want one myself also.... that applewood would have been a good solution for me, although the logistics would have been extremely difficult for me too.

Ian Foo might make me a custom, perhaps. The shipping and taxes would make it crazy expensive though. Otherwise Iíll now have to wait until the next shipment in the autumn.

Glad that I got my act together for once!! Just need to apply that logic to the rest of my life now!

I have actually found a courier in the UK that will ship boards now. Not cheap but it is doable which is a change from last time looked. Sadly in this case the seller wasn't willing to box it up so it will mean a drive.

A few scratches here and there but still a stunning board and I'll be honest I prefer the look if the Applewood veneer than the Rosewood.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Luc Benac on June 19, 2019, 05:25:21 AM
Well I do need to thank you for the advice given on my other thread.

I did contact Hypr in he UK, and had some good correspondence with Richard and he advised the 11'6" (as you had done, you're not the same person are you)?

Anyway, I  ummed and aahed about it for while as while I certainly understand the quality here, I had to really think about budget. Then from out of no where I found a second hand one that was a couple of hours away from home. It's in Applewood.

The logistics of collecting it is still a bit of a mare thanks to work and other upcoming commitments but I'll just have to pull my finger out somehow and then get it on the water, rain, shine whatever.

Now at 28.5" wide I'd have never have gone for this without some input from here and discussions with Hypr themselves.

Specially as the description on the web site is not conductive to be a great small wave board, how one is to know....:

https://www.hyprnalu.com/gun-details (https://www.hyprnalu.com/gun-details)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 19, 2019, 08:10:58 AM
Haha! I tried to buy that Applewood 11-6 but youíd already put a deposit down on it!

And no, Iím not Richard. Iím not connected to the company in any way.

Well, if you donít like your applewood, at least you now know who you could sell it on to! I bought the 11-6 I mentioned for my son, because I liked the 12-6 so much. But I found that I liked the 11-6 so much I want one myself also.... that applewood would have been a good solution for me, although the logistics would have been extremely difficult for me too.

Ian Foo might make me a custom, perhaps. The shipping and taxes would make it crazy expensive though. Otherwise Iíll now have to wait until the next shipment in the autumn.

Glad that I got my act together for once!! Just need to apply that logic to the rest of my life now!

I have actually found a courier in the UK that will ship boards now. Not cheap but it is doable which is a change from last time looked. Sadly in this case the seller wasn't willing to box it up so it will mean a drive.

A few scratches here and there but still a stunning board and I'll be honest I prefer the look if the Applewood veneer than the Rosewood.
Yes, the applewood is very nice. My sonís 11-6 is walnut, and he likes that even more than the applewood! I guess that this is why there are several woods to choose from: something for everyone.

One word of warning though: the wood veneers do get hot in the sun, and those carbon rails on the board you are buying will get so hot that you canít put it under your arm if you leave it in bright summer sunlight. So make sure you use the bag that comes with the board, and donít leave the board lying around in the sun on a warm day. And make sure you rinse the gortex valve with tap water once in a while: these boards can get so hot so quickly if left on a roof rack out of their bag in bright sunlight that you can actually hear the air escaping from the valve very clearly.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 19, 2019, 08:14:01 AM
Well I do need to thank you for the advice given on my other thread.

I did contact Hypr in he UK, and had some good correspondence with Richard and he advised the 11'6" (as you had done, you're not the same person are you)?

Anyway, I  ummed and aahed about it for while as while I certainly understand the quality here, I had to really think about budget. Then from out of no where I found a second hand one that was a couple of hours away from home. It's in Applewood.

The logistics of collecting it is still a bit of a mare thanks to work and other upcoming commitments but I'll just have to pull my finger out somehow and then get it on the water, rain, shine whatever.

Now at 28.5" wide I'd have never have gone for this without some input from here and discussions with Hypr themselves.

Specially as the description on the web site is not conductive to be a great small wave board, how one is to know....:

https://www.hyprnalu.com/gun-details (https://www.hyprnalu.com/gun-details)
Yeah, but UK small surf is extraordinarily cruddy. So I doubt any website would bother saying ďif you are unfortunate enough to surf 1-2ft onshore crappy dribble that no-one in their right minds from Hawaii or Oz would even bother with, then this board would be great for youĒ. :)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on June 19, 2019, 09:46:00 AM
personally I'm hoping that this board will give me a lot of scope in use to be honest.

I'm lucky to have some nice coastlines to explore from time to time and I've also seen a few occasions where surfers have been sat on boards chewing the crud while sup surfers actually have some fun catching the dribbles. Then when it does pick up a bit it's still there as an option.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Dusk Patrol on June 19, 2019, 09:55:31 AM
Hey congrats Noo ...
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 19, 2019, 09:56:32 AM
personally I'm hoping that this board will give me a lot of scope in use to be honest.

I'm lucky to have some nice coastlines to explore from time to time and I've also seen a few occasions where surfers have been sat on boards chewing the crud while sup surfers actually have some fun catching the dribbles. Then when it does pick up a bit it's still there as an option.
It will be perfect for that. Itís a high performance board, but an extremely versatile and easy to use one.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: JEG on June 19, 2019, 02:13:57 PM
how did I miss this gorgeous girl, she so fine Area 10  8) ;)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on June 20, 2019, 12:11:03 AM
Hey congrats Noo ...

Thanks still got to go and get it but I'm buzzing about trying it that's for sure.


It will be perfect for that. Itís a high performance board, but an extremely versatile and easy to use one.

That's good to know. Lot's of bases covered and something I can develop with.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on June 20, 2019, 06:58:07 AM
how did I miss this gorgeous girl, she so fine Area 10  8) ;)
Cheers, Iíll post pics of the 11-6 version soon, when I get a moment.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on July 02, 2019, 08:29:22 AM
Finally managed to collect the board and bar a good few paddle marks on the rails its a pretty stunning board. I'll try and get some photos up, probably over the weekend as I'm off to the other end of the country with work tomorrow.  :-\

The shape is pretty insane to be fair. All the width is up around the shoulder say a third of the way back from the tip. From then on it's a long and gently curved taper to the tail which is almost like a needle. Step too far back on it and your toes and heel will be in the water at the same. It's that sharp. Then the underside has these two deep concaves, the rails become increasingly sharp towards the rear with chines further forward. It's long and looks extremely narrow and just screams speed
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on July 02, 2019, 11:39:18 AM
Yep, I was put on my 11-6 today, by coincidence, just paddling around in the sea.  I averaged 4.8mph for a casual paddle over a couple of miles, which shows it has decent speed as a general cruiser too, for an 11-6 surf shape (Iím just an average wobbly old geezer paddler). Hull speed for an 11ft board is only 4.9mph so itís pretty efficient if an old git like me can average close to that in the sea just pootling around.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on July 03, 2019, 12:07:35 AM
Sounds good A10, just need a moment to try mine. Hopefully this weekend perhaps, off to Glasgow with work today so that rules out today and tomorrow.

Coming back to the earlier discussion on fins, the ones I have seem to be relatively simple black plastic one's. I'll be honest I cant tell if they're of any decent quality or not and I'm nowhere near experienced enough to be able to know the difference anyway but I would like to hear your recommendations for a decent fin set or two.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on July 03, 2019, 01:18:06 AM
Sounds good A10, just need a moment to try mine. Hopefully this weekend perhaps, off to Glasgow with work today so that rules out today and tomorrow.

Coming back to the earlier discussion on fins, the ones I have seem to be relatively simple black plastic one's. I'll be honest I cant tell if they're of any decent quality or not and I'm nowhere near experienced enough to be able to know the difference anyway but I would like to hear your recommendations for a decent fin set or two.
Mine came with a rather nice set of Hypr carbon fins.

But your solution is easy (assuming you have FCS fittings): Go to the Gong website and buy one 9Ē Gong single fin (google ďGONG FIN US RED HONEYCOMB 9'' 230mmĒ) and then also buy a set of 4.5Ē matching side bites. Then use the 9Ē only for flat water, and the full set for surf. These find are amazing value - very good quality and half the cost or less of equivalent big-name brand versions. They also look good.

This is basically the same setup (9Ē centre, 4.5Ē sides) that my board came with, and it works very well.

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on July 08, 2019, 12:57:59 AM
Well had my first paddles on the 11'6" All flat water unfortunately no waves to play in this weekend. Some wind chop though.

The stability is nuts for a 28.5" wide board. It's so forgiving its crazy. How much of this is coming from a smaller board is difficult to judge but there is definitely something going on with the shape of the board.

As expected its quick, so no surprises there. Should catch pretty much any ripple I think.

If I were to have any criticisms it would be the handle. It feels slightly too far forward so the board isn't 100% balanced in the hand and there is a sharp edge to it which digs into the fingers a bit. i'll be taking a file to that. However this board is probably a year or two old and they may have changed these details now. I do note that the nose detailing etc. now looks different etc.

Still I feel its going to prove to be a good purchase.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on July 08, 2019, 03:53:28 AM
I did try one board of theirs where the handle was a tiny bit out. It certainly didnít stop me using it, and was fine if I carried the board with the nose pointing down and hand at the back of the handle. But my current two Hypr guns have handles that are perfect, and none of them have any sharp edges, so I suspect that you are just unlucky there. Maybe a few moments with a piece of sandpaper will solve the problem.

Iíve owned multiple boards by most of the main brands over the last 12-13 years, and had handles that are not perfect from nearly all of them at one time or another. Itís a problem with boards being hand-shaped, as they nearly all currently are. And since Hypr have in the past, I believe, sold some boards which donít have deck pads - to show off the amazing hardwood construction to best effect - maybe you got one which was perfectly balanced around the handle before the deck pad was applied.

Wait until you get your board in the surf. The speed and wave-catching ability will totally blow you away.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on July 08, 2019, 04:16:36 AM
Cheers A10 and no the handle is not a massive issue, a slight hindrance given that I sometimes need to carry a board a bit of distance to the beach. I've used carry straps in the past for that as well but found they break etc.

Yes, I'll sort the sharp edge on the handle with a little bit of filing and some sandpaper. It's not massively out, just enough that you can feel the difference across your fingers. To be honest I'm more concerned about the length when carrying it. I'm clumsy.

Yes I'm hoping for some 1 footers now but since I've got this board I've put the kibosh for a little while. Maybe mid week, we'll see, but even more practice on the board will do no harm, especially in turning it. I'll probably have to crack the step back turn to get it round quickly. I obviously cant comment on how it carves on a wave but it is really easy to bury the rail. 

As a side note I also took my 5 year old on it and we covered some distance, complete with a fishing rod. Had a few small Pollack to make things a little more interesting. Point to note is that I consider myself to be a novice paddler and my 5 year old is understandable nervous. Yet I was able to stand behind him and paddle with no issues, provided we stayed in the  flat stuff. I can only describe the stability as bizarre. You can lean over on it, sink the rail but the board still feels planted.

Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on July 08, 2019, 07:22:32 AM
Yes, the stability is gobsmacking. They have really discovered how to make a narrow board stable. It is rumoured that they will bring out a 14x26 soon, with a design along the lines of these gun shapes. It could be truly awesome. The 12-6 gun is really great, but at 29Ē wide it is perhaps almost more stable than it needs to be. 28Ē in this design at that length would probably still have been fine for most people. The main issue is getting people to believe how stable it will be! Many would look at a 11-6x28.5 low volume board and say ďit will be too tippy for meĒ. But itís actually more stable than my 10x30 Stylemaster. Probably even than my 160L 10-6x30 Naish Nalu.
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: burchas on July 08, 2019, 07:36:36 AM
Yes, the stability is gobsmacking. They have really discovered how to make a narrow board stable.

Well, Starboard new breakthrough innovation is a 20.5" board with
a double concave. You think they might have tuned-in to this thread?
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Area 10 on July 08, 2019, 11:22:28 AM
Yes, the stability is gobsmacking. They have really discovered how to make a narrow board stable.

Well, Starboard new breakthrough innovation is a 20.5" board with
a double concave. You think they might have tuned-in to this thread?
Given that Starboard IMO tend to rip off anyoneís idea as soon as they think they can make a buck out of it, then I wouldnít be surprised :)
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: Noo Noo on July 09, 2019, 12:34:30 AM
Yes, the stability is gobsmacking. They have really discovered how to make a narrow board stable. It is rumoured that they will bring out a 14x26 soon, with a design along the lines of these gun shapes. It could be truly awesome. The 12-6 gun is really great, but at 29Ē wide it is perhaps almost more stable than it needs to be. 28Ē in this design at that length would probably still have been fine for most people. The main issue is getting people to believe how stable it will be! Many would look at a 11-6x28.5 low volume board and say ďit will be too tippy for meĒ. But itís actually more stable than my 10x30 Stylemaster. Probably even than my 160L 10-6x30 Naish Nalu.

I must admit I would have never gone for this board at all given the size and width in particular. Just need some dribbles now to see how it picks things up and see if I'll be able to turn it.

I think the big thing for me is that I now have a board that opens the door for lots of stuff and will be easy to partner with a smaller surf specific board later on. This will be used for pretty much everything apart from conditions that demand something short and really whippy. I'm a long way off that level though so this will do nicely until then and will probably even be usable in those conditions to a degree.


Well, Starboard new breakthrough innovation is a 20.5" board with
a double concave. You think they might have tuned-in to this thread?

RRD have also had a couple of boards some time with deep concaves. They also have one which has 4 (I think) but it's a real dining room table of a board. They certainly help to create speed so perhaps the Starboard is going to be a race board?
Title: Re: Hypr Nalu Hawaii 12'6" gun - something a little special
Post by: burchas on July 09, 2019, 07:19:36 AM
... so perhaps the Starboard is going to be a race board?

Yes it is