It’s not easy to choose a board, especially when it’s an occasion. Hidden cracks, cracks, dents, damaged plugs… These are all unpleasant surprises that a board that has already been used can have, especially when you’re just starting out and don’t know what you’re doing.
Beware of what people often try to sell you in surf shops: they will probably advise you to buy a short board, but that’s simply because there are many more boards of this type available on the market… And it’s not necessarily the type of board that will suit you best. Short boards are easy to wear and very “pro”, that’s undeniable … But is it a good criterion for choosing a board?
Don’t forget that the most important thing in surfing is to enjoy yourself and come out of the water with a smile on your face, satisfied with your session. The best surfer in the line-up is not the one who does the most impressive manoeuvres, it’s the one who has the most fun!
The material of the board is another element to take into account: fibreglass? Wood? Epoxy? Bamboo? Foam? Each has different characteristics of durability, flexibility, weight and safety. Surfboards are fragile, choose one that will give you room for a few misses at the start.
Buying a used board is a great option: there are many on the market, and they cost on average 30% less than new boards, which lose their value the first time you wax them. To make sure you make a good purchase, make sure the board is not damaged, especially the nose, tail, rails, fin cases… A board with a lot of paint and/or stickers can be a sign that the seller is trying to hide a defect. If it looks very heavy to you, it may be due to a crack through which water has rushed. Most of the time the seller will let you try the board before buying it, this is by far the best way to know if it suits you! As long as you don’t damage it, but if you follow our advice on how to handle the material and the basic safety rules it shouldn’t be a problem.