Tomo Hydronaut Review

  • 8

What the manufacturer says about the Hydronaut:

‘The Hydronaut is an evolved double-ended shortboard for general good wave conditions and especially suited to hollow beach-breaks, Slabs or down the line barrels. The defining features are the fuller nose area compared to traditional templates combined with a tight radius “torpedo” nose profile which provides lower swing weight and forgiving entries on late takeoffs. Further innovation is found in the hull with a Quad inside single concave [ Q-I-S-C] bottom configuration which increases of control and response (especially at speed and critical sections of the wave) whilst still giving the rider a “floaty” free sensation of lift and looseness on the open face that is often lost with a traditional channel bottom.’

Image Source: BlinkSurf

Tomo’s Cymatic (L) and Hydronaut (R) | BlinkSurf

Tomo’s Hydronaut (L) and DHD Sweet Spot 2.0 | BlinkSurf

Cymatic and Hydronaut with John John fins | BlinkSurf

Tomo Hydronaut in LFT construction | BlinkSurf

Tomo Hydronaut in quad setup | BllinkSurf

Hydronaut with FCS2 Firewire quads | BlinkSurf

Tomo Hydronaut’s nose | Blinksurf

Image Source: Boardporn on Facebook

What our BlinkSurf rider says about the Hydronaut:

Rider’s profile:
– Age: 47
– Height: 6’2″
– Weight: 94 kg. (207 lbs)
– Fitness: Surfs daily
– Ability: Intermediate

Plenty of rocker, nice and wide in the nose, and it paddles like a dream. It is a bit heavier than the Cymatic because it is made out of high-density foam. LFT construction feels great and the quad channel is fast. I really like this board. 6’6″ is my stepup size.

What people are saying about it:

“The first time I had the concept for this board was in Tahiti – I was riding a traditional needle nose pintail that was getting me into the wave fine but in the transition of the wave it just felt like too much board in the front end that could potentially pearl, and it felt too lethargic off the bottom. I knew right away that a nose similar to a Nano (a previous shape by Tomo) would be the ideal nose shape, so I started playing with traditional templates with a nano nose, and they quickly evolved into more of a torpedo nose. Then through a series of refinements with the quad inside single concave, contours and tuning the rocker, the design came alive – the Hydronaut is the best board I’ve ever ridden in waves of consequence.” – Daniel Thomson on Firewire

“Well, that was fun!  My 5’8″ Hydronaut by @tomo_surfboards in @xtrsurfboards construction was a great call. Can’t wait until round two later!” – Boardporn on Facebook

“I’d be surprised if they don’t bring it out, lots of interest in it and fills a hole in the lineup. Looks like a great shape, Evo, Omni, Hydronaut….perfect!” – user powman on Firewire Surfboards community

“Love the looks of the Hydronaut, and it would be perfect as my Indo stepup.” – user Goodfish on Firewire Surfboards community

“It’s a great board. Made to handle more juice than a nano.” – user jkb on Surfer Forum

“Beautiful template, great blend of traditional thruster and new school blunt nose shapes.” – user shonk55 on Instagram

“And this is why I have always loved the Tomo projects.,. Always pushing the limits of innovation. Just started a shaping apprenticeship in Florida and I hope I can follow in their footsteps cause this is really rad! I’ll be getting this when it comes out for sure!” – user chris_kerpsack on Instagram

“I think this model is the best so far… I could see myself riding this one.” – user horible808 on Instagram

“Love the look and theory of this design…. looks to be a good tube riding board.” – user barrellbob on Instagram

“Hydronaut worked insane in good cloudbreak!!! Made the drops seem ALMOST easy!” – user gregschex on Instagram

“The hydronaut is a perfect step up board, fast and snappy on bigger waves.” – user xtrsurfboards on Instagram

“This design serves best as a step up for slabby or hollow down the line barrels like here in Indonesia. Sounds like I’ll never need one then.” – user karmaportrait on Reddit

“When I’ve ridden Tomos I’m either ripping or struggling. Often in the same session. I won’t say they don’t work, and in fact I think the ideas are awesome, but I just surf more consistently on more standard shortboards. But I’ve also only felt really good on standard HPSBs anyway lately.” – user ifallalot on Reddit

“I have to say, the bottom contours do give it that amazing floaty feel.” – user WOT_IF_UR_LEGS on Reddit

“Probably the most normal board I’ve seen from Tomo!” – user MCwaffle89 on Reddit

“Channels look a bit like a vag, I suppose, if you use your imagination.” – user SourCreamWater on Reddit

Size chart:

5′ 8″ x 18 5/16″ x 2 1/4″ – 24.8
5′ 9″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 5/16″ – 26.1
5′ 10″ x 18 11/16″ x 2 3/8″ – 27.5
5′ 11″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 7/16″ – 28.9
6′ 0″ x 19 1/16″ x 2 1/2″ – 30.3
6′ 1″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 9/16′ – 31.9
6′ 2″ x 19 5/16″ x 2 5/8″ – 33.2
6′ 4″ x 19 15/16″ x 2 3/4″ – 36.8
6′ 6″ x 20 5/16″ x 2 7/8″ – 40.2
6′ 8″ x 20 11/16″ x 3″ – 43.8

Here are videos we found of the Tomo Hydronaut:

A post shared by @tomo_surfboards on

A post shared by @tomo_surfboards on

Here are Instagram pictures we found:








Tried shredding on a Tomo Hydronaut? Tell us how well it rips in the comments section.

Stay up to date with the latest board reviews and surf news. Subscribe HERE

  • 8