Mad Max Elite Race – Hydrus Board Tech

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Mad Max Elite Race


$ 1,699.00

MAD MAX Elite Race PaddleBoard

All-Water Race Board.  From down winding to flat water.  Carbon-Armalight Technology, Made in the USA!"  ...anything else needed??

Jason Zawadzki and Team

Early 2016, I was approached by my friends and racers Joe Threadgil and Brett Saquid to make an elite race board that would compete with the fastest boards in the world out of our proprietary Armalight.   My first response was the truth, I didn't know if we could do it.   I knew that our Elysium model was fast and riders love it, but to make a board that was as fast as the fastest elite boards in the world was a lot of pressure.   

Brett and Joe made the point that the ultralight board fad seemed to be a dying out as people realized that ultra-light also means ultra-fragile and ultra-expensive and doesn't necessarily equal a faster board.  This is especially true if there is any wind or roughness to the water.   

So, the first thing I did was hit the books and put in weeks of research.  I studied the fastest Olympic race kayaks, speedboats, underwater missiles and of course other race boards.   Hull Shapes, water release points, rocker lines and finding the balance between stability and speed.

We started building and testing prototypes.  Every little detail counts and there are so many variables that you have to consider.  The small difference of just seconds could be the difference between1st place or a 7th place finish.  

What we came up with is what we call our Mad Max Elite Racer.   The name came easy.  We joked that, because of its durability, you could run other racers right off the race course.  

The shape is as unique as everything else that we do around here.  We borrowed our hybrid displacement/planing hull design from our Elysium but with more of an emphasis on channeling water down the entire length of the board versus allowing it to be displaced off the rails.  Then we used carbon fiber to stiffen certain areas to give the ideal flex pattern and weight.  

Finally, our work resulted in a board that rides high and swiftly in the water. The Mad Max time-tested faster in various conditions than any other board we tried.   It performs extremely well in flat water, open ocean, and downwind conditions.   For a stronger paddler, meaning a rider who has trained to win a race, we are convinced this board is the fastest board we can build and that you will love it!      

Skill Level: Intermediate to Pro
Ideal Water Conditions: All-water Race Board 


  • Vent/Handle System: 2018 models have a Custom Carbon Fiber Handle and Self-Regulating Gore-Tex Vent
  • Fin System: Hydrus Race Fin
  • Traction: Custom Hydrus Traction Pad
  • Construction: Hand built by us right here. Armalight plus Carbon, Fused EPS Foam Core


12'6" x 26 (289L, 28.5lbs), 12'6" x 28 (308L, 31lbs) 14'x22" (273L, 28lbs), 14'x24 (302L, 29.5lbs)"

Our Mantra

Hydrus was born from the idea to build boards that create the best user experience possible for the riding styles that we are passionate about ourselves.  

Our shaping and design style has always been high-performance durability with no waste, unnecessary frills or pointless features.  

We are devoted to delivering maximum value to your investment with the most open and helpful customer service possible!  No cutting corners and no customer left behind.

In 2013, we set out to build a few boards out of a small shop in Eagle, Idaho for ourselves to take down some of Idaho's whitewater rivers. It wasn't long until we had a list of friends and family who wanted us to build them boards as well. 

We realized that if we set up our shop, invented our technologies and became as efficient as possible, then we could deliver our high-quality boards at even better prices.  Thus, Hydrus was born.

Today our commitment is to continue building boards the way we always have and to always take care of those who take care of us!  

Even though our material costs are higher, below are the key reasons our prices are still right in your wheelhouse. 
•We use our own technologies.
•We keep our overhead low.
•We utilize small business efficiency, run as clean as possible and have very little waste.
•We maintain a low marketing budget and rely on referrals and positive reviews.
•We pass the savings on to you.

If we can help each other, we like to say, everyone gets the "friends and family" price.   More people get to own better boards and our community and the sports we love grow stronger.



30-Day Guarantee

The only way you are going to get to truly appreciate the love and care we put into our products is to try them out for yourself! 

If your buy one of our boards or other gear and it doesn't noticably make your life better in some way or if you aren't completely satisfied with the craftsmanship and performance, we will help you ship it back and give you 100% of your money back - just a thanks for giving it a shot! 

So long as the item purchased doesn't show abnormal signs of wear and tear, and it's within 30-days of your purchase receipt and/or delievery reciept, we will offer you the choice of a 100% refund or 110% in-store credit towards a different product of your choice.


Outside of the United States and certain territories of Canada, we are unable to cover return shipping due to prohibitive costs.  Hydrus will always work with customers in any region to ensure that the board they recieve is free of defect and shipping damage.  

*Custom boards and other products may not apply.  *See terms or contact us for full details.  



Financing Option

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"No Payments + no interest if paid in 6 months, on purchases over $99....."

Armalight Care and Tips

All Armalight boards are lovingly hand-made by us right here in the USA. So, a slight variance in weight and appearance is natural; i.e., each board has its very own "personality".  Individual board weights may vary +/-3lbs.  This variance will not affect performance.  Boards on the heavier side will be quite a bit more durable and may carry speed better in between paddle strokes.  

Nothing is indestructable. Armalight boards are just better.  We could make a board bulletproof but it would be far too heavy.  We aim for a balance of durability and weight depending on the boards' purpose and the rider's preference. 

A slightly textured surface relieves surface tension caused by the viscosity of water, allowing an object to move through more freely.  Our matte finish emulates high-tech watercraft to have the fastest surface texture possible.  

Threats to any SUP include; standing on boards while on dry land, over-tightening hold-down straps and too much heat without a board cover. 

Repairs to Armalight can be easier that repairing fiberglass or plastic. Contact us, and we will be happy to guide you through your first. 

Like all high-quality foam core boards, you need to be aware of too much heat.  EPS foam has a softening point of around 190F Degrees.  This temperature can be reached if your board is left to "bake" in the sun uncovered.  Too much radiant heat from the top of a vehicle can be especially dangerous.  Be aware of reflected and radiant heat.

We highly recommend one of our Heat Shield Board Covers.  Insulated board bags are okay. We do not reommend board socks. 

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