The Hydronaut is Tomoâ€™s first step-up dedicated to powerful waves.
Weâ€™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 â€˜torpedoâ€™ round nose profile.
This â€˜torpedoâ€™ nose represents Tomoâ€™s big wave approach to maneuverability, in the same way his â€˜cut offâ€™ nose in the Omni and Cymatic represent his approach to maneuverability in smaller waves.
In Tomoâ€™s words, the â€˜torpedoâ€™ nose gives the surfer a â€œsafer feeling in critical situations because of the way it enhances the quickness of direction changes when maneuvers are made at high speedâ€.
Tomo has surfed this board everywhere from Blackâ€™s to Baja Malibu to Hawaii, and all over Australia. And so has Stuey Kennedy.
Together these two have brought Tomoâ€™s big wave philosophies to the masses for the first time with the Hydronaut, and weâ€™re anticipating an elevated level of performance surfing on big waves in 2018. Weâ€™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.