Now, from the same people who brought you an over-the-top $25,000 one-person, carbon-fiber kayak with gold-plated fittings, comes a totally upscale stand-up paddleboard built to the same standards.
Five years ago, New Zealand designers McLellan Jacobs (Jamie McLellan and Andy Jacobs, who both happen to be boaters) introduced Kayak 1, with the gold, carbon fiber and teak, at the Monaco yacht show. It was 12’10” long with a 2’7” beam and weighed only 40 pounds. Kayak 1, with its singular good looks, was an instant hit with the superyacht set. Some people ordered them with wooden inlays in the teak to match their yachts’ logos. In the intervening years, wanting to broaden the market, McLellan Jacobs cut back on the gold and some other goodies and offered a $15,000 version of the kayak.
Now, wanting to expand their water toys business even further, they are building the SUP with similar styling. It will be available later this year. And we don’t know the price yet. For more: