This board is a very sparky contemporary fish.
The “Hybrid” category of shortboards has exploded over the last two seasons. These wider, shorter designs have really opened up small to medium wave performance surfing and allowed everyone to drop length while increasing wave count. Xanadu was one of the pioneers of this category over 5 years ago with the super popular Xanadu Rocky Model.
The new Xanadu Gipos blazes trails again with a curvy wide outline and thin profile. Most boards in this category catch waves super easily but are difficult to surf at higher speeds. The Gipos however has a wide outline and flatter entry rocker to increase wave count, but then pulls in at the tail and has a fairly thin profile throughout to keep the board in the water while pulling the hardest G-force turns.
The Gipos has a very wide outline but is still ultra responsive, it keeps its speed, floats well and will still let you bang off big turns. A great all around choice for small waves.
Ultraflx is a really unique construction. Essentially it is an EPS composite epoxy construction that blends the lightweight spring of PU/poly with the durability and longevity of epoxy sandwich. In addition these boards use a higher density foam in the rails to protect the board from dings and give it really lively response in the turns.
Ultraflx actually does have a lot of the same performance attributes as PU/POLY surfboards in terms of the way it feels while surfing. The main difference though is that Ultraflex is lighter and will last longer than a regular PU/Poly board. Because these boards use more materials and take more technical steps than glassing a regular board - they are usually a little more expensive.