Buying a Surfboard
Surfboard Buyers Guide
Thinking of buying a surfboard? First you need to decide what type of surfboard you need. This can easily be accomplished by reading our comprehensive beginners surfboard guides. If you are not new to surfing, then you can probably skip these guides and read on. We'll now assume that you know what board you wish to buy, so where to go from here? One of the main considerations is whether you are going to buy a new board or a second-hand board. Let's take a look
Buying a New Surfboard
To be honest, you do not really need a guide for this. If you're 100% sure of the board that you want, you can get it from anywhere - the local surf shop, by mail order, or over the Internet. The surf shop is the best place to buy a surfboard because you can really have a good look at what you're buying.
- Check for any surface imperfections or small dings that may have manifested during storage. New surfboards should be in absolutely mint condition - accept nothing less!
- Take the opportunity to chat with the surf shop staff about the boards to get any extra information.
- Consider going for a cash deal. Many privately-owned surf shops will give you some sort of discount for cash if you're lucky.
- Again, try getting reduced rates on surfing accessories such as a leash, traction pad or board bag. It is a tight surf shop that does not throw in a couple of bars of surf wax with a new board!
Purchasing through mail order or over the Internet is slightly different. There will not be anyone to talk to about the board you want to purchase face-to-face, a problem if you're not quite sure if the board is the one you want. You also won't be able to give the board the once over like you could in the shop.
However, if you don't have a local surf shop and you know the type and dimensions of the board you want, then it's a great way to buy. Do check the board dimensions when buying to make sure that you are getting exactly what you want. Also check on shipping times and hidden costs for shipping - international shipping could cost a pretty penny! Try and buy from a store that will let you return the board if it's not exactly what you're looking for, make sure you have a good look through the stores returns policy before you buy.
Another option for buying a new board is to get one that has been custom-shaped for you. If you're lucky enough to have a local shaper in your area, it's well worth getting into contact with them and seeing what they can do. This is usually, but not always, a little more expensive than getting one off the rack but it does mean that the board is shaped to your ideal specifications. A knowledgeable shaper will help you get the most out of your board shape and tailor it to your needs. Getting a custom-shaped board from your local shaper is really the best option we could recommend.
Buying a new surfboard means that you're going to pay top dollar prices. Perhaps buying a second hand board is more suited to your budget?Let's take a look at our second-hand surfboard buying guide!