Barracuda - High Performance Freestyle River Paddleboard
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- Inventory on the way
High-performance River Paddleboard
Designers and Shapers: Jason Zawadzki, Nick Zawadzki and Barry Kennon
Barry Kennon, World Champion Whitewater Paddler and unequivocally one of the most technical river paddlers on the planet..."I’m So stoked right now! It blows my mind how user-friendly this board is in whitewater. The secondary stability is really good...it’s easy to use the rails and lean on pivots and peel outs. The tail is a 14 inches wide squash tail for stability and for surfing smaller waves...The accentuated continuous rocker and 210 L volume really make it not bog down and jump up on top of waves and other features...The added volume of the tail makes for optimal inertial buoyancy, which allows the board to carry speed through the pivot. It’s a super stable platform in the choppy stuff which translates to more performance. The channel in the bottom acts like another fin. The channel recesses the fin for more clearance on rocks. I am absolutely tickled about this SUP!! This size configuration is great but boards can be customized for weight and size of the rider by adding or subtracting volume and width of the individual board."
Contact us for sizing. We love to talk with anyone ordering one of our more technical Armalight boards to ensure we get you set up with the proper size and shape.
- Vent/Handle System: 2020 Models come with a custom Hydrus Carbon Fiber Handle with Self-Regulating Gore-Tex Vent
- Fin System: Recessed rock avoidance channel with 4.5" flexible river fin.
- Traction: Custom made Hydrus Traction Pad
- Construction: USA Hand Made in Eagle Idaho. Proprietary Armalight™Composite Construction with our Ultra-Lightweight Fusion-EPS Foam Core
WEIGHT LIMIT/ <220lbs *Depending on rider abilities and water conditions
Quick Note About Sales
A quick note about how we operate and uniquely handle sales:
Tales of our obsessive attention to detail, ultra-high quality, "treat customers as we'd want to be treated," service, and "more for your money" value took off, and we are selling out of our small batches of boards, way faster than expected. Please jump on the waitlist if a board isn’t currently in stock. We are careful about updating our website, so if a product says in stock, grab it. If it's a pre-sale, we are building more and near completion, so buy now and get the sale price. If it's out of stock, get on the waitlist, and we'll notify you ASAP; it's on a first-come, first-serve basis.
As many of you know, Hydrus is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products directly to customers at outstanding prices. We can use more expensive materials and higher-quality construction by building small batches and keeping our operations as efficient and low-cost as possible.
We refuse to overspend on advertising, paid reviews, ridiculous chain store mark-ups, marketing gimmicks, or any other nonsense that ultimately costs our beloved customers and supporters time and money. Instead, we believe in delivering the best gear and letting our customers and supporters spread the word.
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 to 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. Customer may be responsible for return shipping fees.
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.
Our Story and Pricing
Started in 2013, by two brothers a few close friends, and the dream to build small batches of premium boards with fresh ideas, responsible manufacturing, and a customer-friendly approach.
We are a local co. just outside of Boise, Idaho, a city surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers. Hydrus is quickly becoming known for personal service, extreme durability, new ideas, clean looks and our premium products.
“Great boards, great service, good pricing and a company with a conscience!" -Tim M. Owner of a JoyRide XL Inflatable.
“Hydrus is the best! Amazing quality! I have 3 boards now and wouldn't even consider buying anything else! Hydrus rocks!!!” - Greg H. -Owner of two Hydrus iSUP’s and an Armalight Board.
“River surfing is hard on equipment, and this board has hit rocks a ton of times. Its durability is unmatched...” -Derek D. Owner of a Revo SUP and ToughBlade Paddle
In typical Hydrus fashion, we take a new approach to sales. A Community Direct approach. We promote all that make our sport and community stronger. Referrals are the most authentic sales. We spend very little on marketing but instead rely on word-of-mouth and the quality of our products. Then, we give back to those who support us by way of the best service possible.
Over the last few years, we've invented Armalight Construction, CrossBoards, composite re-inforced iSUP’s, Tough Blade Paddles and boards that are strong and durable enough to give then a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
From the beginning we’ve had a different mission for Hydrus. We are all about supporting the sports we love and our community! Our boards may be some of the most expensive to build in the world but we find ways to make sure our prices are more than reasonable. Straight forward with no gimmicks, no overblown marketing budget, responsible manufacturing with almost zero waste, nearly everything done in-house and our main source of sales is referrals then we pass the savings on to you.
We do a lot of R&D, design 100% of every product ourselves, and we maintain quality that’s far superior.
Thank you for the support!!!
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. Paddleboard 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 very 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.
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.
The toughest, most functional boards on water - all back by our Limited Lifetime warranty on materials and construction.
With Hydrus you always get the most longterm value!
From the get-go we wanted to build a business that has a positive impact on the world. That means, building the best products we can with no gimmicks or shortcuts and then treating customers how we would like to be treated.
How many products do you own that you truly love?
Hydrus unconditionally guarantees all products we sell to be free from defects of workmanship and material failures. We will gladly replace or refund any defective items you wish to return according to the terms of our Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Inflatable Boards: Hydrus Board Tech offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all it's inflatable boards. All such products are covered against breakage due to defects in materials, and workmanship from the date of purchase. Abuse or alteration of the product voids the warranty.
In the event of breadake due to defects in materials or workmanship the liability of Hydrus shall be limited to the lesser of the cost of repairing or replacing the broken part. Failure to follow all recomended instructions may void this warranty.
Original Owner: Warranty applies only to the original owner, and is not transferable.
For all boards, paddles and any other products Hydrus manufacturers there is a repair or replacement guarentee. Outside of three years, until the end of time, Hydrus may determine a customer cost of half of the lowest marked online price at the time the claim is filed.