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Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” 2017 review / Intermediate Surf

Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” 2017 review / Intermediate Surf
Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” Starlite / Intermediate Surf £1079

SUPboarder looks at the bigger Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” in a Starlite construction, after reviewing its baby brother the 6’10”last year. With its very similar innovative shape the 8’6” is a board designed for the intermediate rider or the heavier more advanced rider. A fun board that really works well in pretty much any conditions you can throw at it. Stable, fun, light and fast for its size the Hyper Nut 8’6” is a real intermediate SUPboarder winner.

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Board details:
  • Length        8′6”
  • Width         31.5″
  • Thickness   3.9″
  • Volume      132l
  • Fin set up  Quad FCS 4.7” & 4.5”
  • Weight       9 kg
  • Rider size   75-100kg

For more information about the Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” check out the Starboard website here.

If you have used this board or have any questions or comments about this board please leave your comment below. Also if you want to compare the Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

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Starboard Hyper Nut 8'6''

9 thoughts on “Starboard Hyper Nut 8’6” 2017 review / Intermediate Surf”

    1. Hey Joe, I used the 7’4” last year. But it wasn’t in the best of conditions. Its was a super small day but you could still work the board and throw it around. For me as a 75kg rider the smaller boards where better again. But then I’m used to riding small boards and the 6’10”was AMAZING! For your weight the 7’2” would be a killer!

      1. Many many thanks for reply. I surf on the channel coast so pop up peaks are the normal. Choppy conditions usually mean stability is key and a sub, 30″ board tends to have poor lateral stability in those conditions. If you have any ideas for a wide 30″ but short short board would love to know.

          1. That Raptor, way to wide but the 7’4′ Hypernut – that seems a good option only 1 litre more that the 7’2′, but 2 inch wider. Hummm, swap the fins for 4’5 front and 3’7′ rear and that maybe a cracking option. Would love to see a review from you on the shorter hypernut. For what it’s worth Reuben, great reviews – I have another request do you have any reviews for a longboard style SUP but for the lighter rider. The only board I could find is the 9’6′ 117 litre jimmy lewis blacknblue, ok its 28 wide but it would be used for clean days rather chop? Any other advice much appreciated.

  1. Hi rueben, great web page first. Im looking at getting another sup to go with my currant board ( loco 9 5 ).l like the look of the hypernut after watching your review of the 8 6 model but think it would maybe be to close to my loco. Ive been suping for 2 years now ( advanced windsurfing and ok surfer too) and can paddle onto unbroken waves every time and bottom turn well and am getting ok on the top turns. My loco feels very steady and not that lively so im looking for something with a bit more fun but nothing thats going to be super hard work / radical as stepping down to a smaller board for the first time . Im 78kg (before xmas ) and 47 so not getting any younger or thinner so was thinking the 8 0 or 7 8 model maybe more suited any ideas? I usually sup at hayling but get in 3 or so surf trips to north devon saunton, putts or newquay fistral . I would be super stoked if you could give some advice on the way forward for me before l check out the surf shops and their selling advice . Many thanks

    1. Dear Paul
      For what is worth you might, if you can find one, check out the old airborne range that starboard used to do…. awesome boards, based on your skill level the 7.10 If your looking for a shorter but stable board. Personally prefer lateral stability at 30″ in the mush rather than lower width. The 9.5 loco is wave catching monster, so go shorter. The airbornes 7.10 is sub 100 litres, 98. Or go with a shorter board with a higher volume.

    2. Hey Paul, the Hypernuts are very stable boards for their sizes. They are radical but only if you want them to be. They can still produce smooth calm rides too. Your in the right ballpark with looking at the 8′ or 7’8” but also as Joe said the Airborn was a great board too. The stubby noses will not catch waves like your Loco. But with a bit of practice you will be catching anything that moves. The magic of the Hypernut is in the pulled in thin out rails. The 7’8” is thinner in thickness then the 8′ which will make the board that much more turnable on the wave. It all depends how much you want the board to turn on the face and how much spray you would like to throw around. The 8 will be more plug and play and the 7’8” will be a livelier little beast! Hope that helps.

      1. Thanks for the advice reuben ive managed to demo a 8 6 hyper nut on a small clean day at hayling and couldnt belive the stability of the board ( thought it was as stable as my loco) and how quick it makes its speed. Not as easy to catch waves on as my board but didnt take long to adjust my placement to catch them no probs. Think its close to mine in size as you said so the smaller boards would be great . Thanks again

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Starboard Hyper Nut 8'6''