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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

Application Soft
Features Planing Hull
Paddle
Leash
1 Fin
Color White
Grey
Maximum Weight of Rider 270 lbs
Length 11'0"
Type Rigid
Calm water
Weight 24.5 lbs
Width 30.5"

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Jimmy Styks 11 Orca Soft Stand-Up Paddleboard
 
3.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable to ride (12)
  • Fun to use (12)
  • Attractive (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Flat water (16)
  • Single rider (9)
  • Multiple people (4)
  • Rough water (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beginner (13), Intermediate (7)

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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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.

      (4 of 4 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!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better than I though

          By Beachpatrol

          from Long Beach, NY

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable To Ride
          • Fun To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I got this board about a month ago at your Island Park, NY store. I got it after taking lessons from one of the local surf schools. I have to tell you I looked around at boards that cost well over $1000 but I decided to try the Orca based on price and availability. I was more than pleasantly surprised by its value. I use it in the ocean with light to moderate chop, and it is very stable. In the past few weeks I've been using it to ride smaller waves and it has performed quite good. Overall I'd say it is excellent and you get more than what you pay for.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Best Board for the money

              By Steve

              from West milford NJ

              About Me Intermediate

              Pros

              • Comfortable To Ride
              • Fun To Use
              • Great All Around Board
              • Used Board In Lake And In

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                paddle for exercise daily on the lake have taken in the surf 3 foot plus handled great Daughter and freinds tamdem on the board great all around board for the money if you can find a better board for the amount charged for the orca good luck Board is slick added board wax for traction and rode it all the way to the beach

                Service and delivery comments:

                picked board up at local West marine Lodi NJ staff went out of their way to help me service was second to none

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Board

                By On Water

                from Miami Beach

                About Me Beginner

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Flat Water

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

                    I loved my first board so much that I purchased a second one.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great for use on a pond/lake

                    By Mo

                    from Plymouth, MA

                    About Me Beginner

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable To Ride
                    • Fun To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        We purchased 2 of these at our local store. Great service from the manager from start to finish. We live on a very large pond (what others might call a lake). For our purposes, the orca is a great buy. My husband who is over 6 feet tall uses it, as well as my kids who are 10 years old. I find paddle boarding to be so relaxing and I enjoy it a lot. We have kayaks and a canoe, but these make a great addition to our " water toy collection". I would definitely recommend these to others who have a similar area to use them.

                        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Orca 11' Soft Board

                        By Madde

                        from Crystal River, FL

                        About Me Intermediate

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Comfortable To Ride
                        • Easy To Carry
                        • Fair Price
                        • Fun To Use

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Flat Water
                        • Single Rider

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

                        Ordered board online, delivered to store within 2 days.Not very good customer service, notice of arrival of board was verbally given to a friend of mine who happened to be in the store? I waited several days before picking board up to see whether I would get a call from the store mgr or any associate, never received a call! WM prides themselves on customer service? Chose NOT to unwrap in store, first mistake! Got it home, unwrapped it and found several hollow areas on bottom. Brought board back to WM, they found another board in store, unwrapped it in store, appeared OK, got it home found a Hugh hollow spot under the logo on bottom of board, again brought it back, no offer to upgrade,no offer of any kind, they laughed it off,well you get what you pay for....yes how well I know that "you get what you pay for"....reccomendation to QA @ WM please check less expensive products before the items leave your warehouses, just saying.

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        Delivery was prompt
                        Did not arrive on good condition
                        I had to initiate any type of Customer Service!

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Paddleboard worth the money

                        By Kyle

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Intermediate

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Delivery Easy
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Flat Water
                          • Single Rider

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

                          First the delivery was a breeze. The company called to schedule a time for delivery and the truck showed up when scheduled and the driver friendly and informative. The only problem was there was one driver so I had to assist to get it in the house (though not a big deal). The packageing was great so there were no scratches or dings. The board is large enough for multiple people but easy to glide through the water. I would recommend it to others

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