Second hand surfboards can be a great way to get a board without breaking the bank. If you’re just starting out, a used board may be your best option since you don’t have to worry so much about the repercussions of learning on it.
A quality second hand surfboard can be great for any level of surfer looking to upgrade their equipment or just score a bargain. If you're in the market for a used surfboard it’s best to know what you're looking for; if you’re unsure, check out the Surfboard Volume Calculator to find your perfect board.
Even though you might be getting the board for a good price, make sure the board is still in a good condition. Before making your purchase, there are a few things you should check. Make sure the fin boxes aren’t broken and the screws aren’t stripped; you don’t want to be paying more than what the board is worth in repairs.
Pressure dings or small cracks can always be repaired with a good surfboard repair kit, but be sure to watch out for discolouring due to water logging, since that’s something that can’t be repaired easily. Large soft sections or yellowing of the board should be avoided since this is a pretty good indication that the board is waterlogged or has been left in the sun too long and is no good.
Used boards can be your best way to find exactly what works for you. If a board is definitely what you’re after, then at the right price you’ll have a lot less to lose than buying a new one.