Swell Watercraft has made significant changes to it’s signature kayak- the Scupper 14. The changes are in material construction, part placement, and artwork are evidence of Swell’s dedication to the continuing development of the product.
- New Plastic!!! Swell Watercraft now has the lightest and stiffest roto molded plastic in the USA. Their PE² plastic uses foaming agents to create a double layer combining the durability of PE with the stiffness and weight saving of foam. This process helped the Scupper 14 lose 8 lbs. At 64lbs the Scupper is much easier to roof rack. Being stiffer makes it move through the water more efficiently, which means it’s faster and you use less energy.
To accomplish this, Swell moved to the Vagabond Kayak factory in South Africa where famed designer Celliers Kruger has his base. Kruger perfected this PE² process while producing Epic V7 Surfskis prior to the company moving to it’s own rotomolding facility in China.
2. New Footpegs. They moved the footpegs to the outside of the kayak. This delivers better leverage in combination with the seated position. They added a new footpeg system that adjusts on the go faster and fits feet better. Lastly, the new position works much better for rudder kayaks, giving the cables less exposure and a better flow.
3. New Colors. Swell is moving forward with just two colors for 2020: Safety Orange and the new Blue Steel. Zoolander would be proud of this stylish move towards fresh, fun and explosive colors.
4. New Logo. Swell added this Sasquatch logo to the tankwell in order to celebrate an old story about a “huge hairy beast” stealing a Scupper kayak and paddling it across Puget Sound. It’s also a tribute to the area Swell lives and paddles in. “I’ve seen the Sasquatch, and so have some of my friends. So it’s no joke to us” said Swell Watercraft owner Jim Marsh.
The 2020 Scuppers arrive in the USA July 15. There will be a 10% off pre-sale at sitontopkayak.com (The Sit-On-Top Pros) during the month of June.