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Boards built for extreme durability and unparalleled performance from your local pond to the wildest rivers and the biggest waves.
22 backers pledged $18,396 to help bring this project to life.

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BADASS BOARDS = BADASS ADVENTURES

Watch the video above to see Red Bull basejumper Miles Daisher jump onto a Hydrus board and other extreme shots! You will also learn why these boards can survive anything you throw at them,  how they are made and more...

Hi, I’m Jason!  My team and I set out in 2012 to develop the most innovative board company in the world. We had one goal, to build the toughest, highest performing flat and whitewater paddle boards in existence.

All Performance - No Compromise!

 

Team Hydrus!
Team Hydrus!

If you skipped the intro video, please scroll back up, you'll thank us later!


OUR VISION

Here at Hydrus, we are quite literally reinventing the way recreational boards are made. We knew our hard boards had to be lightweight yet stronger than anything else on the market, and they had to be constructed of the most environmentally friendly products we could find. We are committed to building in the most responsible, ethical, and thoughtful way possible, which means not using toxic paint or foams, no plastic, bad resins, or other harmful materials!

In our search for balance with environmental responsibility and an exceptional product, we tested over a hundred different types of resins, adhesives, and core materials; including aerospace and military composites. It took us nearly 4 years and three product generations to get it perfect, but damn, the end result is worth it! Built out of our shop in Eagle, Idaho, our Armalight boards are virtually indestructible, ensuring that it will be around for season after season of adventures!

We aim to change the way boards are made and sold, but we won’t stop there. Being a small business allows us to focus our efforts on exceptional customer service, ensuring you have the best possible experience with Hydrus on and off the water.

WHY BACK HYDRUS?

Approximately 95% of all paddle boards are made outside of North America. However, most paddle board purchases happen right here in the United States. Not only do these boards rack up a hefty carbon footprint, traveling more miles during shipment than most will ever cover on water, but they are also made in low cost factories which provide poor standards of living for their employees, employ substandard environmental policies and have little to no quality control.  Hydrus is taking a different approach. Ran by a handful of craftsmen and craftswomen who are treated like family, we are dedicated to creating our hard boards right here, negating the need for excessive shipping and ensuring we have full control over the quality of our finished products.

We aim to storm into the outdoor market and set a new precedent in responsible manufacturing and customer satisfaction. Our boards turned out better than we could have ever dreamed, setting the standard for quality the world over.  Oh, and they are quite possibly the sexiest boards we have ever seen!

Is space keeping you from joining the SUP fun?  Are you unsure of spending money on a blow up, department store board that feels like a toy? We have you covered! Adding to our fleet of Armalight paddle boards is our line of inflatable stand up paddle boards (ISUPs). Like everything else at Hydrus, we only use the highest quality materials. We have upgraded to D7 valves (the only inflatables in the world to have done so) and triple reinforced seams, allowing our ISUPs to outperform and outlast any other on the market. Every Hydrus ISUP is factory pressure tested to 31 PSI; that's double the industry standard! This means our inflatables are hands down the most rigid in the world.

Every Hydrus board is designed, engineered, and built with a lifetime of use in mind. That’s a lot of memories! So now that the really hard part is done, we need your help in getting more Hydrus boards on the water! With a successful Kickstarter campaign we can expand our production facility and bring to life the dream of an American made, world class board; and bring those boards to you at a once in a lifetime price!

WHAT MAKES THE BEST BOARD IN THE WORLD?

 

 

6 REASONS TO LOVE HYDRUS

1 - Our boards! They are the industry's highest performing boards (shapes, weights, drag, etc.) We outperform the competition on whitewater, in races, on river surfing waves, and with recreational inflatables.

2 - Unparalleled durability (achieved through patented technology)

3 - Our hard boards are proudly made by hand in the USA

4 - Eco-friendly factory with no VOCs or toxic waste

5 - The best customer service in the market! See our references below.

6 - Super clean aesthetics

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIES

“The Hydrus SUP Race design has created the fastest board I have ever paddled. If you love the science that is part of SUP you need to get into Hydrus and get some!”
- Steve Rady

“This is an amazing company with a great team and outstanding products! Water, land, or snow they have boards that flow! I've had the opportunity, not only to own their products, but befriend these guys”
- Justin Hammond

“Very happy with my new Crossboard and land paddle. Great rig and quality. Was very impressed to have gotten a call from the owner who wanted to find out how I liked it and thank me! Thank you for making an awesome product!” - Paula Menconi-Dexter

“I just ordered their Crossboard. I'm an avid race SUP'er and figured this will help with my training. But, more importantly, I'm super impressed with the service I received over the phone. Good people make quality products!”
- Tall Larsson

THANK YOU!

We are a company that nurtures its relationships with customers and upholds the strongest business ethics. In fact, we are not interested in growing so large that we outgrow our personal relationships with each person who chooses to ride one of our boards. We love you guys and thank you for sharing our dream and the beautiful water that makes it all possible!

TIMELINE

 

 

TEAM HYDRUS

 

INTERNATIONAL TAXES AND SHIPPING

Unfortunately we are not able to support international shipping for our hard boards at this time.  However, if you are in Canada or Mexico please contact us directly as we may be able to assist you in selecting a reward with a custom shipping rate. We are happy to help make this as seamless as possible, and carry the weight for added costs where feasible as we would love to see our boards in the hands of happy customers the world over!

LETS STAY CONNECTED!

 

                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Though we may be new to Kickstarter, our team at Hydrus has some great experience under our belts in the manufacture of boards and fulfillment of orders in a timely manner. We foresee the possible risks lying within a whole new level of mass production and the prerequisite procurement of materials. However we have taken steps to account for new material orders and are ready to move into a larger shop space upon the successful funding of our project; making the delivery of each handcrafted Hydrus board a reality!

Of course, we have dealt with our share of unexpected issues, and our proud to say we have a track record of dealing with them smoothly and in a manner that leaves every customer happy with their purchase and service. And, we hope, proud to have supported our company.

No matter what, we promise to work until we have met the expectation of every backer!

Please dont hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns at crew@hydrusboardtech.com or leave a message here on Kickstarter for us. Thanks for your time and support!

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    Hydrus Trucker Hat

    We are proud of this hat! Perfect fits for men, women and kids. Our typical Hydrus love went into the patchwork, materials and stitching - we even coated it with our Diamond Coat UV inhibitor to make sure this hat outlasts others of it’s kind by 10X. We are proud to offer you this hat at special Kickstarter rate.

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    Tri-Blend Tee

    MSRP $45
    Lycra, Bamboo & Organic Cotton!
    • Antimicrobial • Antibacterial
    • High Durability • Athletic Fit

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    ISUP Pack

    MSRP $165
    If you are not thrilled with your current ISUP bag this pack is a must! All the features we could think of.. This pack is large enough to fit any of our ISUP's and most other brands as well. Truly a "Bag Lovers Board Bag" and a huge upgrade.

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    Tough Blade Paddle

    MSRP $239
    High Performance paddle that will not break on rocks or “break the bank” -like others. High Floatation meaning it will not sink. Blade designed for maximum performance - will not “flutter” like cheap paddles. Same blade shape as our $400 Elite Race Paddles.
    Carbon fiber shaft for the perfect amount of flex.
    Proprietary Hydrus composite blade.

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    Teton Powder Surfer

    MSRP $439
    Powder Surfing is one of the most surreal experiences you could have on a board of any type! The Hydrus Powder Surfer allows you the extreme freedom of surfing and combines that with the smooth heavenly feel of floating on powder. Designed to be really fast and to float on just the top few inches of snow this board will float through powder unlike any snowboard ever made. Ride it with or without snowboard bindings.

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    CROSSBOARD Package

    MSRP $499
    The highest quality and most unique landboard package ever created!

    This board may just be the perfect balance of Speed and Flow! At cruising speeds this board feels like you're riding a head high California surf wave, or floating through waist high powder on a snowboard... As a huge bonus it's an incredible full body workout, training core strength, paddle strength for SUP, balance and stamina, and it's completely disguised as fun!

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    River/Wake Surfboard

    MSRP $735
    Your Choice of the Hyper, SHiLo, PB&J, or X-Wing models. Kickstarter package includes Custom Hydrus Traction Pad with tail Kick and a 6’ Leash. Armalight Surfboards Shaped to perfection at an amazing price only on Kickstarter.

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    Early Bird Special! ISUP Board Only

    MSRP $1,395
    Your Choice of the Paradise, Joy Ride, or F187 model! Includes Board, Pump, and Custom Hydrus ISUP Pack.

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    Early Bird Special! FunShui Paddle Board

    MSRP $1399
    Best price possible for a Premium, All-water, Armalight Paddle Board. Perfect board for all types of recreational use from a brisk paddle to hanging out with the family! Great for Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, Ponds. Great performing board and because of it’s stability it the choice hard board for beginners and even SUP Yoga.

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    Skud Surf SUP

    MSRP: $1199

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    Early Bird Special! ISUP Board Package

    MSRP $1,659
    Your Choice of the Paradise, Joy Ride, or F187 model! Includes Hydrus 3pc, Tough Blade Carbon Fiber Paddle, Pump, Leash, and Custom Hydrus ISUP Pack.

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    FunShui - Armalight Paddle Board

    MSRP $1399
    Best price possible for a Premium, All-water, Armalight Paddle Board. Perfect board for all types of recreational use from a brisk paddle to hanging out with the family! Great for Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, Ponds. Great performing board and because of it’s stability it the choice hard board for beginners and even SUP Yoga.

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    ISUP Board Package

    MSRP $1,659
    Your Choice of the Paradise, Joy Ride, or F187 model! Includes Hydrus 3pc, Tough Blade Carbon Fiber Paddle, Pump, Leash, and Custom Hydrus ISUP Pack.

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    Special Edition Yoga ISUP

    MSRP $1,759
    Shaped as the perfect Yoga ISUP. Brushed EVA Yoga Mat traction. Extra High rigidity. Inflation capable to 31psi. Stable outline yet still paddles great! Comes with Pump, Paddle and Custom Hydrus Pack.

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    King Dub or Pocket Rocket

    MSRP $1649
    The worlds best River boards!
    Your choice of the 9'.8" King Dub or 11' Pocket Rocket

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    Mad Max 12'.6"

    MSRP $1699
    Mad Max 12'.6" Armalight Race Board

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    Mad Max 14'

    MSRP $2149
    Mad Max 14' Armalight Race Board

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