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My ‘Atoll’ 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP) Surpassed Expectations.

by Anura Guruge

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A short YouTube video
(with a thumb in the middle).

My 11′ Atoll Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board arrived today.

It was beautifully packaged. Work of art.

It has surpassed my expectations. Very well made. You can feel the quality.

Using a ‘Driftsun High Pressure, High Volume Dual Inflate/Deflate‘ pump I pumped it up to 13psi. It was plenty rigid then. Next time I will go higher.

It was stable. As you can see from the video it was WINDY and this was my first time up on a board in probably 3-years (and I had knee surgery 3-months ago). I still did OK.

I was impressed. I had fun. I think this board and I will become great companions.

Next week is going to be COLD and windy. But, I am sure I can find a day to take it out again. Hopefully it will not be as windy.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Atoll’, To Their Credit, Honors “Father’s Day” Special, Though I Bought Inflatable Paddle Board Through Amazon.

by Anura Guruge

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On their Website: atollboards.com.

I saw the “Father’s Day” special offer on their Website. There was no mention whether I would get it if I ordered the board through Amazon.

I really wanted to order it from Amazon. I get 6-month, interest free financing and it is crazy not to avail oneself of that generous offer. So, I contacted Atoll.

To their credit they immediately told me that they will ship me the 8″ Flex Fin, free of any charges (including shipping), as soon as I provide them with my Amazon order number. I was impressed. It confirmed my belief that they were a CLASS ACT. Glad I went with them rather than iRocker.

I sent them the Amazon order number and WITHIN MINUTES they sent me an USPS tracking number for my fin! WOW. Was I delighted.

So, now you know. You still have time left.

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I Ordered An ‘Atoll’ 11′, Army Green Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP) (Opting Against iROCKER).

by Anura Guruge

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This is what I got.

The picture that SOLD I.

Once I came to the final conclusion that a 11′ rigid board was not going to be practical to lug around, it had to decide between the Atoll and iRocker.

Yes, I looked at others, but I soon came to the conclusion, after a TON of research, that these two, in my price range, were the only two contenders. Then, it was a question of deciding between the two and I had to do a LOT of reading between the lines when it came to ‘impartial’ reviews. From everything I can see the Atoll is a more studier board, on all counts, and when inflated to 15psi it is said to be real rigid. The above picture that I saw a number of time, including in a video, was the clincher. I want an inflatable that feels as rigid as can be and Atoll seems to be that.

It is also superlight. 19 pounds when inflated. My old board weighed over 50 pounds. So, this meets my needs real well.

Also like the fact that it comes with a Universal Fin Box which does not lock you into one proprietary band.

I was not taken in my iRocker’s two-barrel pump. I was going to get an electric pump anyway (and I did) and Atoll’s 2-way high-pressure hand pump got good reviews.

I was also more impressed with the (supposedly) very light paddle that came with the board.

Overall, the Atoll, per my diligent evaluation, was a better buy, more board (and better kit) for your buck.

So, I ordered one today, from Amazon.

I was told I had to get a geen. Now green is my favorite color so I can’t complain. But, the Atoll sand colored board looks real spiffy too.

I should have the board my this weekend.

Yes, over the coming weeks you will hear all about it. Promise.

Wish me luck.

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by Anura Guruge

Deciding On A Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), In 2019, Can Be Fiendishly Hard.

by Anura Guruge

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Trying to decide on a decent Stand Up Paddle Boards to replace the two, old & very heavy rigid boards I sold last weekend has been fiendishly difficult. Much harder than choosing a camera and I agonize about which new camera to buy for months.

IF modular paddle boards were available it would be a cinch. I would get one without a minute’s hesitation. But, I just can’t source one.

I want a 11′ board. I am a reasonably proficient boarder. I don’t have tons of hours on a board, but, I am not a beginner either. I want a board that I can use both on lakes and in the ocean.

Transporting the board is the issue. It just won’t fit inside the vehicles we have. And I don’t fancy having a 11′ board strapped to the roof of our SUV on long trips.

So, it appears I must get an inflatable and ‘experts’ swear that good, new inflatables are nearly as rigid, when inflated to 15psi, as a epoxy board.

Now, I am torn between the Atoll and the iRocker. They both have their fans.

And, it gets worse. What color? Green or sand?

I will keep you posted. Wish me luck.

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New Hampshire: Buying Car Out-of-State & Transporting It Back.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
by Anura Guruge

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As far as I can see, and I have spoken at length with DMV folks at Concord, N.H. and our (always extremely helpful) Tax collection ladies at Alton Town Hall here are the only valid LEGAL options for purchasing a car out-of-state and bringing it back to New Hampshire.

1. Have it transported to N.H. via a transport service.

2. Trailer it yourself using a flatbed trailer.

3. Go buy the car, out-of-state, bring the title, bill-of-sale and odometer statement back to N.H., get PERMANENT plates, go back, out-of-state, PUT the plates on and drive back.

4. Get valid ‘Transit Plates‘ in the state of purchase and use those to drive the car back.

5. Convince the seller to drive to N.H., with the plates they have, go to a DMV or to your town, complete the purchase and then get plates.

Things that will not work and those that are NOT legal.

** Contrary to what the seller might tell you, you CAN NOT just take N.H. plates from an existing car and use them on the out-of-state car, temporarily, to bring it back. That can land you in some very hot water. A number of sellers that I have spoken to have told me to do this BUT I am not that stupid — contrary to what I may look and act. DMV and others have confirmed that this falls under misuse of plates and is considered a serious crime — as it should be.

** Massachusetts State Troopers (depending on their whim) will refuse to recognize N.H. 20-day Temporary Plates and ticket you! This came as a surprise to me. I know that during my last 30 years in N.H. I have been to MA in cars that had temp plates. I wasn’t stopped BUT it appears that this happens. Check it out.

** N.H. Towns, like Alton, cannot issue 20-day temp. plates. Only DMV locations can do so and you have to have registration, bill of sales etc. in order to get one.

I have been finding all of these to my costs because I have been looking at buying a car out-of-state.

Over the years I have bought a few cars in MA, a Jeep Cherokee in 1989 in Lowell, a red Camaro Z28 in 1987 in Lowell and a Cadillac. I bought a black, fully-loaded Cadillac STS from ‘Cadillac of Norwood‘, in MA, on Thanksgiving eve in 1996. I had done the whole deal over the telephone. Drove down in a Green Firebird that I was trading in and drove back in my black ‘Rocket Ship‘ STS. Can’t remember how the plate situation worked. This was a long time ago and I bought all of these from large dealers. I guess they put some kind of dealer plates. Never had any problems.

But now I was looking at private out-of-state sales.

Transportation is not as bad as it sounds. You can get a car from the East Coast for between $250 and $500. If you have AAA you can get it trailered relatively inexpensively.

Going out-of-state buying the car coming back with the paperwork, getting the plates and going back only really works if the distance is not that great. Once you get to around 100 miles it becomes impractical because you are talking two full round-trips.

The seller driving up to N.H. works but as you can imagine many will not be motivated to do so UNLESS they start getting desparate. I did have a seller who was willing to drive up from Plymouth, MA — but only after he realized that I had ruled him out.

Thought that this might help you. 

I Get This Vitriolic E-mail, Supposedly From Malta, From A ‘Christopher Spiteri’, Allegdly Working For The Government Of Malta.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

The e-mail address is:
“Spiteri Christopher at Transport” <christopher.spiteri@transport.gov.mt>

Click for all of it. Very amusing. This twerp, supposedly working for the government of Malta, calling OUR President, the President of the U.S., a socialist. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.