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Frequently Asked Questions

Buying and selling boards can be frustrating if not done correctly, Boardsports are here to help you.

How to buy your first surfboard?

A new surfboard means new possibilities, however it can be a daunting thing when you don't know what to get in a sea of endless surfboard shapes, sizes and types. but for a beginner we suggest two things. start soft, and buy used. not sure about the size? take a look at our size chart

Start Soft.

If you’re just getting into surfing for the first time a soft-top or foam surfboard is the way to go. They’re virtually indestructible and offer all the stability you could as for as you get your feet under you. They’re also easy to find and relatively affordable. You can pick up soft-tops at Costco for less than $100. Sporting goods stores usually carry them during the summer season. And a number of companies like Catch Surf and Beater Boards are making fun, stylish boards that work well and are available at your local surf shop or online.

Buy used

There’s no reason to walk out of a surf shop with a shiny new board if it’s your first one. Save your money for a better performing board when you’ve gotten a little better. Most shops have a used rack where you can pick up an inexpensive board. Craigslist is an almost limitless source for used boards as well. Keep in mind, when buying used to make sure the board is in good shape. If the glass is buckled anywhere or its riddled with dings keep looking. The last thing you want to do is buy a board that’s going to break or require massive repairs. There are a lot of gems out there in the used market, put in the time searching and wait for the one that speaks to you .

Be precise and be honest

It can be hard to get a good view of an item when looking at them on the internet, that's why we urge everyone to be precise, write down everything you know about the board you're posting, the brand, the type, the measurements. so the buyer know what they're looking at.
Be honest with the condition of the board, if you have a damage, fixed or not fix, write down the extent of it and where its located.

Add pictures, sell faster.

Pictures says a lot about the board. take the time to take at least 1-2 pictures on the board. preferably one on each side, this will make the next owner know the condition of the board. thus, help you sell the board faster. here on boardsports.com we decided that it shouldn't cost extra to add pictures. thank us later.

Don't buy a board like a kook.

A new surfboard should always be a rational investment decision. Whether you're about to spend $200 or $1000, you need to leave emotions aside.

Forget the colors, the logos, the drawings, and the dramatic shapes. Surfboards serve a purpose. They were built to provide joy and fun to people.

They are the key to wave riding. Therefore, we don't buy them to look cool and endorse a lifestyle sold by media outlets.

Surfboards are a means to an end. If you buy a new surfboard without running through a checklist first, you'll rapidly regret your impulsive decision. Fortunately, you don't need to read through a long guide to surfboard buying.
Just ask yourself questions that will make you confident and comfortable with your decision.

There's nothing worse than leaning a surfboard against the wall of your room, pretending it is a decorative artifact.

Surfboards were made to glide, and there are too many elements and variables at stake - construction types and techniques, materials, styles, and designs.

If you get it wrong, it's like buying a Ferrari for someone who still doesn't have a driving license.

What is my level of experience in surfing?

If you're a beginner surfer, you'll need a big board for extra stability.
If you're an intermediate surfer, an all-around surfboard is never a bad decision.
For advanced riders, details like rocker, outline, rails, and bottom shape matter.

Which board do I really need?

A new surfboard doesn't necessarily mean the first surfboard. And the board of your dreams might not suit your universe at all.
Are you buying your second board? Are you replacing an old surfboard?

How much do I weigh? How tall am I?

Your weight and height matter when buying a surfboard.
If you're not sure about the ideal dimensions of your new acquisition, consult the surfboard size chart.

How much am I willing to pay for a surfboard?

Don't get fooled by brands, logos, or fascinating signatures. Always compare identical surfboards, and ask for advice at your local surf shop.

Do I prefer a board made of polyurethane, polystyrene, or balsa?
Will you stick to the old foam, or will you take the risk and go for new and environmentally friendly cores such as polystyrene and balsa?

What fins should I use?

Fins are much more important than you might think, Check out this page to learn more: Learn about fins

what to look for in a surfboard

Safety Tips for Buyers/Sellers

Meeting in a public place when buying or selling items is important for safety, protection, and efficiency. A public place is more secure and less likely to be the site of any potential danger. It also allows for more people to be around in case anything goes wrong and allows for the efficient exchange of the item being bought or sold. It's always a good idea to take these precautions, especially when dealing with someone you don't know.

Here are three examples of good public places to meet when buying or selling items:

  1. A coffee shop: A coffee shop provides a busy, public location where you can meet and exchange items in a secure environment. There are usually plenty of people around, and the staff can be alerted if anything goes wrong.

  2. A park: A park is another good option for a public meeting place. It provides a neutral location that is open and well-lit, and there are usually plenty of people around.

  3. A shopping center: A shopping center, like a mall or a large retail store, is another good choice for a public meeting place. There are usually security guards present, and the location is typically well-lit and busy.

Overall, it's important to choose a public place that is well-lit, busy, and secure for the exchange of items when buying or selling.

It's always a good idea to check the item before you buy it to make sure it is in the condition you expect. This is especially important if you are buying the item from someone you don't know. If you don't inspect the item before purchasing it, you may not realize there is a problem until it is too late. For example, you may buy a used phone that appears to be in good condition, but upon closer inspection you realize there is a crack in the screen. By checking the item before you buy it, you can make sure it meets your expectations and you are getting what you paid for. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and taking a few extra minutes to inspect the item can save you time and money in the long run.

It's important to pay for an item only after you have collected it to protect yourself as a buyer. If you pay for an item before you have received it, you are taking a risk that the seller will actually follow through and deliver the item to you as promised. If the seller fails to deliver the item or delivers an item that is not as described, you may have difficulty getting your money back. By waiting to pay until you have the item in your possession, you can be sure you are getting what you paid for and can protect yourself from potential fraud or scams.