A note from Hayden and a compilation of our favourite team moments this year feat. Craig Anderson, Creed McTaggart, Nate Tyler, Dylan Graves, Cole Houshmand and Marti Paradisis.
From Hayden -
What a year it was. Starting with Welcome Elsewhere from Craig Anderson, a project with 15 months of filming including waves from that iconic Kanduii session on his 5'4" Hypto Krypto FutureFlex. I was lucky enough to jump on one of the trips in Australia to score some of those absolutely perfect A-frame peaks, a few days to always remember.
Being nominated for Surfboard of the Year in the USA by SIMA was enough to stoke me out, but to win was the icing on the cake. A big thank you to all our customers and retailers across the globe for supporting us, growing with our brand. It has been amazing to see so many people still enjoying the Hypto Krypto as much as I personally do - it is one of the models that I designed and shaped based on my own feedback.
Then to P.A.M. feat. Creed McTaggart and creatively directed by himself. This is one of my favourtie projects of the year as we get to see the individual personality of our riders shine through. It was a raw video showcasing Creed's repertoire on his signature Love Buzz model.
Then along came Nate Tyler, the newest member of our small family of team riders and what fun has it been to design and shape boards for him in the short time he as been on the team. His attention to the finest details of each board and how this can effect the feeling has been great for feedback. I'm looking forward to collaborating with him further in 2017 and seeing where we land with some board designs.
A nail biter was also Stab in the Dark, which was an honour to be involved in and was fun creatively to shape a new design for Dane and have his unfiltered feedback on one of our boards. The shape, was a mash up of a few different curves and theories that I have had in the back of my mind for some time, and this was a great project to bring them to life and test them. I have since tested the shape out on Taj, Ando, Nate along with a few other long term customers and the feedback has been great. "Darkside" is the child of this project and it will soon find a place in the stables in 2017.
Aside from all of the our brand projects, this year has been a memorable one for me personally - particularly with the release of my book which is as candid as I've ever really gone in talking about the nearly 20 year journey with Haydenshapes. Most importantly, my wife Danielle and I are expecting our first child in May next year... The coolest life moment yet.
Happy New Year.
P.S.... This vid is pretty cool. So stoked on our team and what 2017 has on the cards...