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Swell Watercraft with the new Scupper 14 at Paddlesports Retailer 2018. Rapid Media Staff

New sit-on-top design combines speed, stability and comfort

The combination of speed, comfort and stability is what sets Swell Watercraft's new Scupper 14 apart. At Paddlesports Retailer 2018's On-The-Water Demo Day in downtown Oklahoma City, Paddling Magazine caught up with Ted Keyes, West Coast sales rep for Swell Watercraft. Keyes took us on a tour of the all-new Scupper 14, the first sit-on-top with foot wells below the waterline.

“It's a reaction to the sea of sameness we've been seeing,” says Keyes of the new kayak. “People want stability but they end up forgetting about speed. The Scupper 14 offers it all."  

Instead of going wider to achieve greater stability, Swell Watercraft went deeper, says Keyes. They did this by lowering the footwells and the seat. This ends up making the boat more comfortable, offering an ergonomically friendly position paddlers will love. 

“We wanted to create a performance experience that was comfortable,” adds Keyes.

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The Scupper 14 is inspired by the original Scupper Pro, according to Keyes. The Scupper Pro is arguably the most popular sit-on-top design of all time and designed by beach bum millionaire Tim Niemer decades ago. To improve comfort, Keyes said the Swell team decided to drop the footwells, narrow the hull and update the outfitting. 

In particular, the all-new scupper valves are a point of pride for Swell Watercraft. The Smart Valves feature a ball that dampens the amount of water backfilling into the kayak. When the paddler gets water in the cockpit, he or she can push the valves downward to activate the draining then paddle forward. The forward momentum of paddling is what drains the cockpit—the faster you paddle, the faster it drains, according to Keyes. This helps maintain a dry ride. 

The Scupper 14 also features ample storage, including rear tankwell for SCUBA tanks, crab traps or crate, while the ultra-large bow hatch can fit fishing rods, spear gun, diving tanks, tank bags and other gear. 


The Scupper 14 is available in grey, lime green, safety orange and white. 

Length: 14’4”/ 437 CM
Width: 25.5”/ 65 CM
Deck Height: 13.5”/ 34 CM
Weight: 68 lbs. / 31 KG
Max Capacity: 375 lbs  / 171 KG


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