10 Things You Should Think About Before Buying a Surfboard 15/07/2016 – Posted in: Blog
10 Things You Should Think About Before Buying a Surfboard
1) It’s not what you want, it’s why you want it! Like any purchase, think about what’s motivating you. What are the practicalities of board ownership? Will I need to fit it in my car? Is the person who will be using the surfboard big enough to carry it!?
2) Size is not the most important thing! Take a read of this blog ”A family that plays together should catch waves together”, – you’ll see our point that the construction of a surfboard is massively important. If you are buying second hand and it looks beaten up, it is, and this will make learning uncomfortable and much harder.
3) Never choose style over substance. Most learner boards, foamies and funboards are pretty clean and simple in their appearance. Seasofts are a great learner board; they are bright, light, well constructed and easy to see in the water. They are simple to ride and fun to use!
4) If you’re buying used, remember there is the danger that whoever is selling their board, is more worried about selling to you than what’s necessarily right for you. This isn’t always the case but have a clear idea of what you want. On our site, we sell Seasoft foamies which we highly recommend, but of course we would say that, we make them! The point is, there are hundreds of options, do your research and be clear on what you want.
5) Size does matter! So it’s not the most important thing but it’s a definite consideration. The more float the board has, the easier it is to catch waves. The more waves you catch, the quicker you are likely to learn. Float doesn’t always equate to length though – width and thickness are factors too. Here are a couple of shorter boards with heaps of volume that are easy to use and handle in the water.
6) Try before you buy. Hire a board or two first and get a sense of what suits you, note its length, volume and material – then you can shop around with confidence.
7) Buy from a reputable source. It seems like an obvious point to make, but if you’re buying a foamy, make sure the company you buy from has a history of building surf equipment from safe, durable material.
9) Buy cheap, pay twice. If you buy a good new or used board that is water-tight and in good shape, if you ever want to sell it, you’re likely to be able to do so for a similar price you bought if for (although most will want to keep their foamy forever!)
10) Enjoy your shopping experience! Read a few blogs, speak to friends, get some advice and don’t stress. Surfing is fun!