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JIMMY STYKS 11' Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard

Model # 14112841Mfg # JSORA

$499.99

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Product Description

Soft SUPs are a great choice for those first entering the sport of stand-up paddling (although serious beginners that stick with the sport will probably “outgrow” a soft SUP). Designed for durability and a lower investment price, the Orca features three molded-in stringers for strength and rigidity.

  • Application: Soft SUP
  • Characteristics: Stable ride on foam top
  • Construction: Deck consists of two layers of 6oz. epoxy glass (one full and one partial deck) wrapped in graphic-printed IXPE soft foam with a hard, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottom surface
  • Shape: Straighter shape
  • Dimensions: 11'L x 31"W x 4 3/4"D
  • Fins: Single
  • Maximum Weight: Novice Rider: up to 250lb.
  • Included Accessories: Fin, paddle, leash, hardware & tools
  • Warranty: One year limited

Specs

11' Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard

Board Volume 195 Liters
Capacity 270 Pounds
Color White
Features Planing Hull
Paddle
Board Bag
Leash
1 Fin
Width 30.5"
Length 11'0"
Weight 24.5 Pounds

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Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard
 
3.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to use (18)
  • Comfortable to ride (17)
  • Attractive (11)
  • Good handles (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Flat water (21)
  • Single rider (13)
  • Multiple people (6)
  • Rough water (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beginner (15), Intermediate (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect low cost beginner board

I purchased this and tried it out paddling out a slough onto San Francisco bay after work. I was against headwinds and tide heading out. I rode the tide and wind coming in. ...Read complete review

I purchased this and tried it out paddling out a slough onto San Francisco bay after work. I was against headwinds and tide heading out. I rode the tide and wind coming in. I was trying it out before letting other people use it. I had fun. It's great for what it is.

I have multiple high-end boards. In our house we always need extras, often for kids. I considered buying a pair of these online. Since they were in stock in a local store I went and grabbed one there. I'm glad I did as it properly set my expectations before putting the money down. It was a little different than I expected from the catalog description. If it had showed up I'd have been disappointed. WIth proper expectations it's a great board for the price and for certain uses. I hope this review clarifies for other potential purchasers.

It is really just a foam board with a smooth bottom. Granted it's my favorite foam, high density polyethylene. It has stringers inside that give it rigidity. You stand on the foam side which is textured and gives good traction. The bottom is smooth. It came with a kit with fin, a rustic leash (something I'll never use), spare paddle grip, spare fin mounting nut and a screwdriver for mounting the fin. It also came with a board bag (which I wound not bother with for this board but might use for other boards) and a basic, serviceable aluminum and plastic paddle.

All in all it's ready to go. Add a life jacket, take it to the water, put the fin on, drop it in the water and paddle. Don't forget to peel the plastic shipping film that's shrink wrapped on it. I suspect not pulling the shipping plastic off is why another reviewer found the board to be slippery.

The topside of the board has a slight upward rocker at the front and tapers down at the back. The bottom has enough upward taper at the front and back to give a smooth hull form while paddling straight ahead. The bottom is flat from side to side. In a crosswind the flat bottom means that in any crosswind the only thing between you and going sideways is the paddle and the fin. If you paddle in windy areas this may be a concern. The flat bottom and hull shape also mean that it does not have good turning properties by leaning. All the steering is done by the paddle. Beginners will not notice. Experts should have reasonable expectations. The flat bottom, the width and minimal rocker make it very stable.

When standing on the board the high density foam is soft underfoot. It's like standing on new flip flops. Likewise, it's soft if you get down on knees to paddle (as into a strong headwind as I did when trying it out). When bouncing on the board, hopping up and down, the board flexes. You can feel it vibrate a couple of times on landing. You can tell the stringers are providing a lot of the end-to-end stiffness. For the hard core purist that means not all paddling energy is going into forward motion. On the other hand the flex also makes it really comfortable.

It paddles smoothly on flat water and is a good basic board. It's good in the sloughs, harbors and near shore bay. On a calm day it I'd use it in the deep bay or the ocean. I'll put my kids on it. I'll let guests use it. I'll use it myself sometimes, either when all other boards are spoken for or just because it's easy to leave this one on the car for a few weeks so I can go for unplanned paddles. Everybody will be happy.

I won't mind beating this board up rather than the more expensive boards. I won't mind when the foam gets torn up a bit. If something damages it because I left it on the car that will be fine. It won't get scratched (and because it's foam it won't scratch the car).

I would not use this board in the surf nor on rough water. I'd be careful who uses it in a crosswind. I'd not put a very heavy person on this. I'd not put the dog on it (as my dog would love to claw at the foam).

I'm happy to have this and find it a great alternative to expensive boards for light use and for me the right alternative to an inflatable board. The extra kit that comes with it (paddles etc) is nice to have and will be mixed and matched with other boards. When the local store gets more in stock I will go grab another.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just "eh"

The product is a great beginner board with some major flaws -
1. The sides are soft which makes strapping it down near impossible without damage...which as said in other reviews...Read complete review

The product is a great beginner board with some major flaws -
1. The sides are soft which makes strapping it down near impossible without damage...which as said in other reviews has no impact on the ride.
2. The deck does get slippery, but I remedied that with some non skid bathroom stickers.

It's comfortable and great to beat up on while you are learning to ride. It's a bit flimsy which is exactly why I would NOT take it on rough water.

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4.0

Excellent entry level SUP, very stable and easy to use.

By BZ493

from Fairhaven, MA

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable To Ride
  • Fun To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Flat Water
    • Single Rider

    Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

    If you've been looking for an inexpensive way to give SUP a try, I would highly recommend this board.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great, easy product!

    By Richelle

    from Hazlet, NJ

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable To Ride
    • Fun To Use
    • Good Handles
    • Light weight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Single Rider

      Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

      I use my SUP almost every weekend In the bay so the water is not totally flat, but it's definitely not ocean waves. The product is light and very easy to transport. It is not inflatable which I love! The fin wasn't the easiest for me to get on but once I figured it out it was fine! I love the board and would recommend it for sure!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      So far so good

      By A4tras

      from San Diego

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable To Ride
      • Fun To Use
      • stable ride

      Cons

      • Bubbles on bottom side

      Best Uses

      • Flat Water
      • Multiple People
      • Single Rider

      Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

      Took this board out for the first time, it was very stable and fun to ride. My 14 year old daughter and 2 friends were on at one time and they said it still felt pretty stable! I noticed air bubbles on the bottom side, not sure if they'll get worse or not, doesn't affect the performance but we'll see how craftsmanship holds up.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Poor customer service

      By Stan

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Beginner

      Pros

      • Fun To Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Flat Water

      Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

      Board was purchased as a beginning board for my daughters and they are satisfied with it its performance but disappointed with the fact that it only lasted one season before developing a major delamination bubble. It is light and easy to mount on my sailboat.

      Service and delivery comments:

      After one season of light use, during which it was stored indoors when not in use, the board developed a large (roughly 16" x 8" x 3") bubble. I called Jimmy Styks to inquire about possible warranty remedies or instructions for repair. As requested, I sent pictures of the delamination that day. Two weeks have gone by and there has been no reply. Follow up emails have gone unanswered and phone calls have gone to voicemail and have not been returned.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unbelievable beginner board for the best price around

      By Kevin G

      from Belmar, NJ

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Comfortable To Ride
      • Fun To Use
      • Low priced/ economical

      Cons

      • Could inflict some damage

      Best Uses

      • Flat Water

      Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

      I first got into paddleboarding two years ago when my parents bought me this board for a Christmas gift (I was only 16 at the time). I immediately fell in love with it and used it at least twice a week during the summer in Shark River Bay in Belmar, NJ. My parents were originally afraid I may not like it. I had two kayaks at the time that I loved and my parents thought I would never use the board over the kayaks. Boy were they wrong. I only used the Orca paddleboard the rest of the summer and rarely used the kayaks again. It's just more fun to use. The Orca board costs less than every other board which makes it a safer investment over other boards. On the flip side, it can easily get nicked up a bit. I have a couple of dents in it because its material is softer than other boards, but I'd take a couple of small dents and save $400 than a different board with harder material with just scratches. I did just buy a new board (The MK Mach II for those wondering...) because I wanted a quicker board that was primarily built just for flat water. The Orca board was more stable than the MK board, but a little bit slower -- that's why it is a great first paddleboard and will last you a solid 3/4 years before you might consider to upgrade the board to a specialized board (like I did) if you use it frequently (otherwise it's not worth it). I hope this helps since this Orca board changed how I lived my summers in Belmar and I cannot be more appreciative for my parents for getting me this board three Christmases ago.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Great Boatd

      By Sailgal

      from North Idaho

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Comfortable To Ride
      • Fun To Use
      • Good Handles
      • lightweight to carry
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Flat Water
        • Multiple People
        • Rough Water
        • Single Rider

        Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

        My husband and I live on a lake and have used it during the summer for the last 3 years. Yes, It has a few nicks in the side, but it doesn't affect it's use whatsoever. The nicks came from weathering a storm, as we put the boards on u shaped holders on our dock. We go out for an hour at a time and find it a greatwork out as well as just plain fun! I like it because I'm only 5'2" and yet I can carry it easily. I've also carried my daughter's dog, who wandered back and forth from one end to the other, which made an interesting ride. Great board. Highly recommend it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Board is very stable; good for first-timers

        By River Mom

        from Southern MD

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Use

        Cons

        • dog nails scratch board

        Best Uses

        • Flat Water
        • Multiple People
        • Rough Water

        Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

        Good beginner board. Very stable, especially when pulling a dog out of the water onto the board. Doggie nails mark the board rather easily though. I would consider a dog pad if you plan on paddling with your pooch.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Orca is a winner!

        By The elusive artist Pablo

        from Hitchcock, TX

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable To Ride
        • Excellent Floatation
        • Fun To Use
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Flat Water
          • Great Workout
          • Single Rider

          Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

          Great product for exercise and recreation. Stability and flotation are outstanding!!!!!!!!

          Service and delivery comments:

          The staff at West Marine of Kemah were very polite and helpful in choosing the SUP. The delivery and pickup were a lot of fun!! Nolan was very helpful. First class board for beginners!!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice beginner board

          By Paddle John

          from Salinas, CA

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable To Ride
          • Fun To Use
          • Good Handles

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Flat Water
            • Multiple People

            Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

            Bought this board for my wife on vacation at a lake. Ended up being about the same price as renting one for a week. Easily car tops along side my kayak, and carried to/from the water. It was comfortable to paddle standing up, sitting down like a sit-on-top kayak (alt paddle), with or without our 6 yr old.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this board!

            By MDM

            from Nevada

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Flat Water

                Comments about Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard:

                I purchased 2 boards and love them! I didn't want to spend a lot not knowing how much we would use them.... We have used them quite a bit. They are very sturdy and work perfectly for us on the lake. Our dog even loves going!

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