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Surfboard Buying Guide

Buying a surfboard is not rocket science but there are a few things you should know. Check out our buying guide!

Surfboards - Types

  • The Soft Surfboard - Is the best type of board for all you beginners. It's soft, foam frame makes it easier for beginners to catch waves. The design of the soft surfboard are more stable so it makes it easier to stand up. Their soft frame also minimizes injury but they're not exactly the most durable boards. Ideally, a six foot soft board is the perfect size for kids. Retail: $200 - $500 US (new).
  • The Pop-Out Surfboard - Has a stronger frame than a soft surfboard but is still not as durable as a fiberglass board. They can be used by beginners as well as intermediate-level users. Pop-Out boards have round nose templates and a squash tail. They are super easy to paddle and handle. These boards are kind of heavy so it makes it harder to do a duck dive. Retail: $300 - $600 US (new).
  • Custom Fiberglass Surfboard - This is the type of board for the big boys. They are more expensive and have a much superior quality. Unlike soft or pop-out boards, these surfboards get style points. The previous two are viewed more as bikes with training wheels. Retail: $600 - $1000+ US (new).
  • Surfboards - Tips For Buying a New Board

  • Check for dings or cracks. This is obviously more of a problem on second-hand boards, but you should still watch out for it on new ones.
  • When buying new, try to go to a surf shop rather than a sporting goods store. They will know more about setting you up with the board that is right for you.
  • Bring cash - lots of privately owned surf shops will bargain the price down of a new board if you pay with cash!
  • Surfboards - Tips For Buying a Used Board

  • For used surfboards, the number one thing to look for is quality. If there are a few dings or tiny cracks here and there, it's ok.
  • Make sure to do a thorough check of the board for things like discoloring and other signs of water damage.
  • Check carefully around the fins and make sure they are in good shape.
  • Don't be fooled by wax. Wax can hide a lot of problems so remove the wax before buying the board.
  • Make sure you compare the cost between the used board and a similar new board. If a seller feels you are new to surfing, they might try to take advantage.
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