How to Buy a Used Surfboard

There can be many reasons to buy a used surfboard. The main one being beginners not wanting to shell out on the expenses of a brand new surfboard. Other ones include those collecting boards, buying a temporary one for a surf holiday, or simply seeing a good deal with the board. Used surfboard purchases are becoming very common amongst amateur surfers.

Why Purchase a Used Surfboard?

There can be many advantages to purchasing a used surfboard over a new one. Cost is the biggest factor – but also, you could get a professional style surfboard for much less. Often, surfers will sell off boards because they have too many – so the buyer will be getting a great deal. Some surfboards are in quite a state of disrepair in the shops, though. You will need to have a think before rushing into a used board purchase.

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Things to Look for in a Used Surfboard

There are a few things to look at on your board before purchasing it. It’s essential to review it in the shop before committing to the buy, as repairs could end up costing more than a new surfboard. The point of buying a used one is to get a deal – so we’ve outlined a few pointers on how to buy a used surfboard.

Check the dings on the board

It’s not uncommon that used surfboards will have some wear and tear. The board will likely have some dings – many with already applied repair jobs. You’ll want to check the quality of the repair to make sure it holds the board steady. You’ll also want to check there aren’t too many dings – they can compromise the board’s integrity.

Give it a ‘buckle test’

A buckled surfboard is one that creased on the top or underside of the board or rails. Severely buckled boards are at risk of breaking in two, which is very costly to repair.

Some buckled boards may have already had repairs – but again, check the quality of the job. You can do this by pressing your palm in the middle of the board to check its sturdiness.

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Have a look at the state of the nose

The nose of the board isn’t the most essential component of the board. But if there’s a questionable repair job or severe damage – it can cause problems. Review the nose to make sure there isn’t any weighted material in the repair. Also look for cracks or dings that could lead to board-wide problems.

Check the quality of the fins

There’s nothing wrong with a few minor cracks and dents around the fins, but damage to the fins themselves or major issues around them can really affect the direction of the board. If there’s any discoloration around the fins or visible cracks on them – you’ll want to steer clear of this surfboard.

Review the tail thoroughly

This is one of the most significant areas to check on a used surfboard. The tail can make or break your ride – so it must be in decent condition. Any cracks, dings, or dents on the rails on the board’s tail should make it an immediate write off. Don’t go any further with that one!

Used Surfboards Continue to be Loved

Used surfboards can be just as loved and cherished as their previous owners. They can bring an excellent deal to amateur surfers – while also showing experienced looks with a worn-down board. Used surfboards can be very beneficial to their new owners – just check them to make sure any future cost won’t outweigh a new one!

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