Here is a sweet little board that super versatile and fun to ride. The Scorpion is a design that Donald shaped from 5ft. something to over 9ft.
Since the poly boards are harder to find and super expensive(even used). I went for the SurfTEC version. The first day I was so stoked to take it out that I went out in sloppy conditions. Got a few decent waves but nothing to write about or even get a real feel for the board.
When I got it on a good day the board took a I caught my share of waves on this. It takes some paddling like a 5’10″ would but easy enough to hang just outside and catch them early. Once on the wave it was fast nice and turnable and really fun. I have the board set up with quad fins. There is decent drive off the bottom. The board had immediate speed because of its lightness and stiffer construction. Every ounce of energy the wave pushed is reflected by the board. Once on the face or the flat of the wave you could gain and maintain speed by pumping it. My experience was: paddle to get in, take off is fast with the board on top of the water, slide it into the pocket and hold on, come out start turning or shuffle to the front for get some forward time, get foot back and make another few pumps and try for a floater. Maybe not all on one wave but you get the idea.
The turning was good with the quad set up and the single fin just drew out the line a bit. So you what every style or wave you are feeling you can make adjustments.
Riding the nose attainable on the right wave and placement. I was able to get a cheater 5 for short times but did not ever hang out there like a long board which is expected. However getting back to make a sharp cut back or turn was fast and easy.
The design is solid – its a Donald Takayama and he is the master. It makes sense and does what it is intended to do. A++
The SurfTEC part of it is more of an acquired taste. Light, buoyant and stiff make the board is fast, reactive and tough. But it is also less forgiving or organic then p/u(if you can say that about poly). Meaning don’t expect the flex and groove of a traditional p/u board. Its just different and thats not a bad thing. But the durability and getting the dimensions right every time along with a fast vehicle makes the SurfTEC model worth of considering.
All in all a very cool board to put in the quiver and toss in your surf-mobile for an option on your surfari or just to getting wet on a lunch get break.