Haydenshapes Holy Grail Review

What the Haydenshapes site says about the Holy Grail:

‘The Holy Grail is a model that sits a little above the Hypto Krypto in terms of ability to perform tight critical moves in the pocket. It is a board that your average surfer can ride and catch a lot of waves, but experienced surfers can also push this board into some very high performance waves and maneuvers. It has been designed to take that Hypto surfer on a journey with their surfing ability, still maintaining that flow and run the Hypto has but reducing the surface area in the nose, as well as using some inverted outlines late in the tail to bring some very responsive curves and feeling later in your turns. It can ride all types of waves from flatter faced waves to steep faced waves.

The Holy Grail Outline has been designed to bring more performance with a better fit in the tighter areas of the wave. This is achieved by narrowing the nose width but extending the length of the rail line ahead of your front foot, giving you a longer or greater connection for carving but added curve to ensure it will fit in the tighter curves of the wave. Bringing more surface area to the tail area of the board was also introduced to increase planing speed in smaller flatter waves. The key feature of the tail plan shape is the side cut (inverted outline) which introduces a aggressive curve to the rail line of the board affecting your surfing when on rail and late in your turns. This contrasts the flatter rocker profile which is designed to give a very fast and continuous speed profile to the board.

The Holy Grail Rocker has been design to ensure it retains the speed and familiar feel to the Hypto Krypto using the same large radius or flatter curve (for continuous speed). The increase in tail lift has been designed to compensate for the wider block on the tail plan shape. It’s entry rocker is very similar to retain the best paddle power, although there is added curve 12” back from the nose to improve the fit in the tighter curves of the wave.

To summarise, the Holy Grail is a performance board that is ridden shorter and wider than a traditional performance design, it has plenty of volume throughout the board to ensure it can paddle easily, along with a lot of flow when surfing off the front foot. Although it is shorter, wider and more carries more volume, the design does not sacrifice any performance or response off the back foot for when you line up those great sections or waves.’

Image source: Boardcave

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24.49 - 38.8 LVolume
1 - 6 ftIdeal Wave Height

What people are saying about it:

“The Holy Grail is a fast, progressive board for every day conditions at your local break. A shortboard for those who really enjoy the characteristics of the Hypto Krypto but want to progress their surfing to the next level on a performance shortboard shape.

The Holy Grail works best in waist – a few feet overhead waves. This board surfs great in a wide range of conditions offering tones of paddle power, just like the Hypto Krypto. It’s fast down the line and the hip in this wider squash tail will allow you to draw sharp, tight turns and surf in the pocket with ease.” – Boardcave

“When I first saw it I thought it was a groveler, because you ride it a little shorter and wider than a normal shortboard. But the more I rode it, the more I realized it was a high-performance model with some groveler benefits. I was really surprised by the lift it got through flat sections, yet it still maintained drive through turns. The more juicy/steep the wave, the better it began to feel. It’s like someone was sitting on the beach with an iPad or something, changing the size and shape of your board as you surfed… does that makes sense?” – Dylan Graves

“It’s the first kind of grovel board, that doesn’t feel like grovel board. I’ve been riding those shorter, fatter boards for such a long time that I forgot what it was like to do a proper turn. This board keeps the speed and pop that you’d want for airs, but when you put it on rail, it’s like a shortboard — but better. I’m kind of freaking out… This might actually be the Holy Grail.” – Dion Agius

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