JIMMY STYKS 11' Scout Skipper Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard Package
For those paddlers first entering the sport of stand-up paddling, Jimmy Styks' Scout Skipper Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard often makes sense. If you have a large extended family where you'd like to have a board to pass down to each member as they "get their feet wet," want to keep one on your party barge for guests to try out or own a rental shack, the Scout Skipper is also worthy of your consideration. For those paddlers that will probably stick with the sport or have a competitive side (you know who you are), you'll inevitably outgrow a soft SUP and would be wise to consider a cruising or hybrid model instead.
Hard on the bottom and soft on the top, the Scout Skipper allows beginners to learn on a stable, easy-to-ride board that is more forgiving than most rigid models. Featuring a hard, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottom surface and the signature Jimmy Styks 50/50 deck construction which consists of two layers of 6oz. epoxy glass (one full deck and one partial deck) wrapped in graphic-printed IXPE soft foam. Three molded-in stringers provide added strength and rigidity.
When deciding on an SUP, you'll want to choose a board with adequate volume. This can be the difference between gliding smoothly across the surface or spending your time fighting that very real sinking feeling! Proper volume is influenced by two key variables: rider weight and skill level. With a volume of 195 liters, the recommended rider weight for the Scout Skipper is 270 pounds or less for those with a beginner or novice skill level.
The straighter shape (viewed from above) of the Scout Skipper provides excellent stability that will increase the confidence of beginners; however, the manueverability that more experienced paddlers demand will be sacrificed.
Rocker refers to the upward "bending" of the nose and tail when the board is lying flat. Boards have varying degrees of rocker depending on the board type. A flatter rocker like you'll find on the Scout Skipper will increase glide on still water, but struggle with planing on wind chopped water. Therefore this SUP is best suited for exploring quiet lakes, ponds, sheltered harbors and slow-moving rivers.
If you don't already own them, you'll want to order an SUP paddle and a life jacket (both sold separately) so you'll be ready to hit the water right away!
- Stabilizer fin
- Fin hardware
- 10' coil leash
- HDPE bottom with epoxy glass and IXPE soft foam
- 31" width
- 11' length
- 24 pounds