Surfboards are expensive, and most of them designed to ride certain types of waves. Whether you are looking to buy a used performance shortboard, a funky fish, fun hybrid or a cruisy longboard – there are quite a few things to consider when purchasing a second hand surfboard.

Surfboards have completely different characters, and getting a new “used” surfboard can be a fun process, since you might end of with a board you’ll enjoy riding more than anything else you ever tried.

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1.) Epoxy vs Fibreglass surfboards

Two main types of surfboard manufactured today are made of either epoxy or fibreglass resin. Which one is more durable?

EPOXY SURFBOARDS (EPS) – Made of polystyrene blank and then coated with epoxy resin. Epoxy surfboards started to rise in the 90s. Epoxy surfboards are light and more prone to waterlogging compared to fibreglass boards – so whenever you are going to damage your surfboard, it will not be ruined as fast as the fibreglass surfboard. Epoxy surfboards in general weigh less, and easy to paddle and more durable.

Epoxy resin is said to be 35% stronger than the fibreglass resin.

FIBREGLASS SURFBOARDS (PU) – Made of polyurethane blank and wrapped in fibreglass cloth. Fibreglass surfboards are more flexible, but easier to damage after strong vibrations and stress. Fibreglass surfboards have been around from the 70s.

Many surfers perfer the “feel” of fibreglass surfboards over epoxy boards.

2.) How old is OLD for a used surfboard?

Depending on your outlook where and how often you are planning to surf – the age of the surfboard plays a significant role in your performance. As the surfboards are not made of metal, an used board may not be as stiff any more and tend to be prone to dings and dents.

When the board is yellow – full of bumps and you can see the coating starting to scab here and there – the board it’s past it’s prime time. An old surfboard is quite fragile to stress, and once the board has totally turned yellow – it means that the salt water has taken over the fibreglass polyurethane blank and weakened the core. When one soft squeeze to the board leaves a mark – it’s old!

An old board is really prone to dings. Only way to “repair” it, is to let it dry up in a cool shaded spot, then re-cover it with fibreglass resin, or buy a newer board.

Why old surfboards turn yellow?

UV-rays and small dents that allow salt water inside the the fibreglass form are two main reasons why surfboards turn yellow.

3.) Dents, dings and repairs

Although surfboards are designed to ride on water, which in theory sounds like nothing could ever break the board if ridden on purposed field – dents and dings happen all the time no matter what.

Take a good look at the how good the deck looks like.

  • Check the rails
  • Check the nose and tail

What is a surfboard dent? Dent is a bump or a small injury to the surfboard. In mayority of the time – dents happen if surfboard hits something during the transportation. Pressure dents are the result of the normal surfboard wear, mostly by hitting the board with knees or standing on the board.

4.) What to ask from the seller?

Boards are very personal sporting equipment. Asking about how did the board felt like riding it is a great way to know about a character of the board. You might also want to know why was he/she selling the board.

I’ve noticed that many people sell their board since they are “not really into it” anymore. Whether it is a second hand foamboard, second hand longboard, hybrid or a shortboard.

Is the board right for you?

Well, if the seller is the person who was riding the board- you to should be in pretty much the same weight category, uneless one of you don’t really know how to choose a surfboard.

Make sure to check out the volume of the board before you buy it, by reading our article “How to calculate surfboard volume

5.) Negotioating

Buying and selling, especially second-hand products usually invloves negotianting. Before you negotiate – make sure to back up your reasons for asking the better price. Used surfboards generally range from 200-500usd in average to good condition.

Most known reasons negotiate are:

  • Does the used surfboard you consider buying comes with any extras – a board bag, fins, a tail pad?
  • What do the other board on the market cost?
  • Are all the dings and dents profesionally repaired? If you see a sketchy repair or a yellow spot – it’s a way to ask for a better price.
  • Is the old wax removed before showing the board? If not, the seller is not really clean, lazy – or hiding the dents.

6.) How to take care of your used surfboard?

Sentimental value raises when purchasing an old and fragile item. If you find a good used surfboard at a reasonable price, take it out for a sesh and have a ton of fun with it – you want it to last, right? After you’ve purchased and test-rode your new board, we recommend to rinse it – remove the old wax and take a good lock at deck, bottom, rails and the nose to see any cracks. If it needs repairing – do it right away, if not – wax it, get a surfboard cover bag and enjoy surfing!

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