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Paddleboarding is a sport where the experience is affected by the equipment you are using. Factors like how easy it is to maneuver the board and how easily you can stay upright are affected by things like the stability and design. For this reason, the decision to purchase a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is one that should not be taken lightly. Some of the great features of this board include its extra-rigid design, despite the fact that it is an inflatable. It is also incredibly light and easy to maneuver, coming with several additional parts that make it a great choice.
This board is an impressive 11’ long, which makes it great if you don’t want to paddleboard alone. You can bring along your friends or a furry friend. With it’s dual-layer PVC construction, you do not even have to worry about your dog’s toenails causing damage. The PVC used to create this board also makes it an average of 30% lighter than other boards of the same size.
The Atoll 11’ has a width of 32” and a depth of 6”. As an inflatable paddleboard, it does seem to sit on top of the water as you ride it, but that does not impact the smooth ride. It is also very rigid, so even though it is an inflatable, it is incredibly stable. You can even put either end of the board on a chair and stand in the middle, without the board giving way.
One thing that you must be careful about is hitting obstacles with the board. In general, it will withstand some damage because of its thick construction. However, when the seam is hit in a certain way, it can split and cause a hole in the board. This is usually fixable with the repair kit, but if it happens in an accident, it may not be covered under warranty.
This SUP comes with the expected pump and paddle that you get with an inflatable board. Its other features include a repair kit, removable fins (three), front and rear bungee cords, D-rings, a waist strap (for carrying while inflated), and a backpack.
blade is made of nylon, for increased durability without any extra weight. It is also firm at the joints for a solid push and smooth, efficient action. One downside, however, is that it can be difficult to adjust the length of the paddle. Taller people (over 6-feet) may also want to purchase a different paddle, because it may not be long enough.
The pump also works well, being very efficient. It is dual-action, which means that the board inflates when you pull up on the handle, as well as when you push down. It inflates up to 15 PSI, which is the recommended pressure level for this board. While inflating does take a little work, especially once you move past 10 PSI, it is worth it for the rigidity of the board. Something to note, however, is that if you are smaller in size, pumping up the large board may feel awkward.
The pump also works for deflating your board. Air quickly and easily can be removed, for a hassle-free storage process. This is nice when you are tired from a long day out on the water.
Something that you should note is there is occasionally a problem with a leak in the seal of the pump. If it feels like your board starts losing air when it is pumped past 10 PSI, try flipping the pump nozzle the opposite way. Sometimes, the pump comes with the red O-shaped ring upside down, and this is what causes the pump not to seal properly. It does not make the pump faulty and you should be able to fix the problem by flipping the ring.
If you end up not wanting to use the included pump, the board is manufactured with an H3 valve. This is advantageous because it is a popular attachment for electric pumps for SUPs, which means you should easily be able to find a fit.
Carrying the Board
To carry the board, there is a convenient removable strap that you can attach when the board is inflated. When it is not inflated, it can be carried in the included heavy-duty nylon backpack. The backpack is nice because it is mesh on the sides, which lets the SUP dry as you carry it. This way, you do not have to worry about moisture problems like mold growth. The bookbag for the paddleboard is very roomy, being able to carry the board, the paddle, and the equipment easily.
The fins are detachable, but they do a great job of tracking for the board. The larger one slides into the fin box, while the smaller two are attached to the board using a screw and nut. Because the pieces are small, you may want to buy extra to have a backup if you are going to be removing them at the beach or lake, where they may be easy to lose. A cool feature is the small, inflated rings that are included to wrap around the smaller fins. These protect your board and bag from harm and mean that you have the option of not removing the smaller fins for storage.
Here are a few notes about the other accessories included with this SUP:
- D-Rings– There are 15 of these to secure items to the board, including the leash that is included with the latest model of this board.
- Repair Kit– The included repair kit is great, should you be worried about scratches on your board. By repairing a scratch, you can prevent a puncture later. This is also good if you have damages to your board that the warranty does not cover.
- Security Strap– When you deflate the SUP, it can be rolled up and secured using the included nylon strap. The strap is sturdy, but the buckle on it may break.
- Bungee Straps– The bungee cords are on the front and rear of the board, so there is no shortage of area to secure a tackle box, cooler, change of clothes, or anything else that you may want to bring along.
This board is very functional, whether you want to ride alone or bring along a friend, pet, or child. It holds up to 300 pounds because the width of the board makes it very stable. It weighs only 19 pounds, which is less than some models SUP Boards made for kids. This lets it glide through the water with ease. It works for anything, from fishing to yoga, and handles both waves and still water flawlessly.
A nice feature of the Atoll 11’ board is the foam area on top. This is made of EVA foam, which provides a layer of stability for your feet because of its grippy nature. It will also cushion you if you do fall.
The nose of the board is pointed, which lets it slice and glide through the water. It has a rocker-type style, with a little curvature that lets it handle waves and choppy waters with ease. It is very easy to turn and maneuver.
Another great feature of this board is the included warranty, which ensures you are getting the quality that you expect when you purchase the board. It does not cover wear and tear or damages that have been caused by the way that you use the board, however, it does cover any flaws in workmanship or materials. If you want to make the most of your warranty, be sure to inspect the board for any flaws before you take it out on the water for the first time. The high-quality construction makes it unlikely that you will have any problems, but it is a precaution in case they arise.
A downside of this board is that there are no instructions included for any of the parts. Adjusting the length and assembling the paddle and inflating/deflating the board may be easy for people who have experience paddleboarding, beginners or people who have not worked with a lot of boards may struggle a little. The good news is that you can find this information on the company’s website fairly easily.
Overall, this board is a worthwhile investment. It comes with everything that you need to get out on the water and have a great time and it handles so well that you cannot tell that it is inflatable. It is solid, stable, easy to maneuver, and holds enough weight that you don’t have to go out on your SUP alone. It also has plenty of places for carrying and securing your equipment. While it does have a handful of minor things that you want to watch out for, it is definitely a SUP you should consider if you want a quality board that is going to last.