Hi Johnny, well pretty much all my boards have been an experiment. Some work out, some don't. Switching to Firewires was one. I will not go back to PU.
I've only had the Hypto for 3 weeks so haven't had too much variety to choose from, however being "The New Board" I have ridden it 90% of the time just to get used to it. Solid 4 foot peaky wind swell down to 1 foot reform runners at my local Sydney beach break.
The board is a keeper. I think it will be up there with my Dominator in the "Never To Be Sold" category. My Dom is my daily driver.
It's very fast, I think faster than the dominator, with great acceleration, and at 5'8" it is not surprisingly really really loose. This made me nervous on my first few bottom turns, but the low rail and narrow tail really bite when put hard on the rail. Be ready to release the fins coming off the top after this kind of bottom turn. Due to its short length it still gets vertical pretty well despite the width up front. I primarily bought it cause i am off to Victoria for 2 months and thought it would suit several of the breaks on the surf coast at the 1 - 5 foot range - Will be taking the Alternator & Hellfire for the same breaks at 4 - 6 foot. Hellfire will also have to do up to 8 foot if I have driven the distance to get there. (Any bigger and I will have to wuss out / 'sustain an injury' that prohibits me from surfing for as long as it takes the surf to get back down to a more sensible size)
I have learnt not to take the Hypto when conditions are fairly bumpy. I think a combination of the low rail and super light weight are to answer. It's in EPS. In spite of many surf contest commentators' opinions on Taj's equipment, this is not something I have found to be a problem with any of my Firewires.
ps The "Never To Be Sold" category does not stop me from 'swapping it' -a good term to use when discussing quiver details with the wifey- for a newer (new) Dominator or its close more sporty sibling the Spitfire.