Here's the result of three straight days spent sampling one's own shape. Tomo is quite handy on rail. He's the man behind most of Slater Designs shapes and his explanation of the Firewire Hydronaut model makes us want one.
We'll lets Chris Grow, Firewire's Global Marketing Manager explain the board:
It's designed to be ridden in a variety of sizes for any single surfer, the Hydronaut should be sized from one to six inches longer than your shortboard, and generally works best in waves six to sixteen foot.
For example Tomo rides a 5’8 shortboard (the SKX) and his Hydronaut of choice for this swell was the stock 5’9 Hydronaut, except for one session at Black’s where he rode a 6’4. But when he’s at Cloudbreak he could go as big as 6’6 or 6’8.
Timmy Reyes rides stock Hydronauts from as small as 5’9 all the way up to 6’6 if he’s at Puerto Escondido or Sunset Beach.
Personally I have an easy time recommending it to friends because you don’t have to dial your dimensions perfectly.
You can have fun on a few different sizes and that takes the pressure off of choosing what length you want.
If you dig this thing, you can find out more here