All-Water Race Board. From down winding to flat water. Carbon-Armalight Technology, Made in the USA!" ...anything else needed??
"All the features of this shape combined with the durability of Armalight - this board is the best "swift-water board" being made! -Tony P.
Shaper: 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 dying out as people realized that ultra-light also means ultra-fragile and ultra-expensive and doesn't necessarily equate to 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 racecourse.
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: 2020 models have a Custom Carbon Fiber Handle and Self-Regulating Gore-Tex Vent
Fin System: Hand-built Hydrus Race Fin
Traction: Custom Hydrus Traction Pad
Construction: Hand-built by us right here in Idaho. Armalight plus Carbon, Fused EPS Foam Core
LENGTH/WIDTH 12'6" x 26 (289L, 28.5lbs), 12'6" x 28 (308L, 31lbs) 14'x22" (273L, 29lbs), 14'x24 (302L, 32.5lbs)"
We take the extra time and effort to build our boards better. From the materials we use, and the unique features and accessories that come with each board.
With our 2019 iSUP's you can see and feel the difference right away.
It's a bold statement but these are the most rigid and durable inflatable construction on the market.
• New Composite reinforced "Low E" 2000D PVC shell.
• Double welded interior seams.
• A hand applied, inter-layer abrasion resistant coating that adds 3x more durability.
•Performance shapes based on riding style. -Not your typical "cookie cutter" boards.
•New Automatic Fin System. No tools required or screws to lose.
•Tie-down, D-rings all over.
• Rider Tested! Your board is designed by people who paddle.
• The only Limited Lifetime Warranty in paddleboards.
• 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.
• 2% of all profits go towards supporting our lakes, rivers and forests through foundations like American Whitewater and Outdoor Outreach.
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 with 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!!!
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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.
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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.
A good quality inflatable board can be relatively easy to care for and a little care can extend the life of your board by many years. We build Hydrus boards to ideally last a lifetime.
Deflate to less than 10psi before leaving in the hot sun for extended periods of time. We have tested this and found that leaving a board in the hot sun can inflate by an extra 7psi which could be dangerous if the board was already close to the maximum recomended pressure.
Over time UV rays will naturally discolor and slowly deteriorate most substrates like foam traction pads, bungee cords and PVC materials. Normal use in the sun is obviously fine but avoid uneccasarily storing a board in direct sunlight for long periods of time such as all day or several days at a time. We use a product called 303 Aerospace UV Protectant. Spay and wipe a little all over your board once or twice a year for maximum protection. -We have found this to be especially helpful for keeping your traction pad looking brand new for years to come.
Winterizing: We recomend a light coat of 303 Protectant Spray before putting your board to bed for winter, then store partially inflated or loosly rolled or folded. You can simply remove the belt from around your board then use the pump to inflate until you no longer can see hard creases or folds. It doesn't take much to get the hard creases out maybe 5-10 full pumps or so.
Repairs: The shell material of a high quality iSUP can be really durable but punctures can happen from hitting really sharp rocks, nails in docks, or even those obnoxius puncture vines aka: goatheads and other really sharp thorns. There is a chance that eventually you will need to perform a repair. We include a repair kit with every board along with simple instructions. For your first repair please feel more than welcome to contact us and we'll guide you through the process.
The toughest, most functional boards on water - all back by our Limited Lifetime warranty on materials and construction.
YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR MONEY!!
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.
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.