NEW OR USED?
If a new board is in your budget, don’t hesitate. Even with a new board, however, make sure you check the entire surface for any imperfections or slight dings due to poor handling or storage.
If you choose a second hand board, the inspection process is even more important. There are lots of excellent second-hand boards available but look carefully for signs of wear and carefully inspect any repairs. Some used boards have very little wear, others have been lovingly cared for, but if there are obvious repair jobs, make sure they’re professionally done. Don’t buy a dodgy board. It may be cheap, but you’ll never be happy with it – and isn’t this all about happy?
IN STORE OR ONLINE?
Online shopping is great for convenience and shipping is pretty sophisticated these days, but nothing beats the experience of wandering through a surfshop, talking to pros who really know their stuff. Like us, here at Manly Surfboards.
And nothing beats that moment when you meet your perfect match, face-to-face.
If you’re shopping online, double check return policies and shipping costs so if the board has any transport or handling damage, you can return it without penalty. Surfboards are fragile, make sure yours is treated right.