Brand New vs Second-Hand Surfboard

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So guys, today I’ll be looking at the ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Surfboard’ scenario and trying to help anyone currently experiencing this conundrum.

I’ll be going through advantages and disadvantages of buying a new surfboard vs buying a second-hand surfboard, whilst giving some scenarios of when each option makes the most sense.

If you’re looking for a more in depth surfboard guide, check out my ‘Surfboard Buying Guide’ – let’s get started!


Buying a Brand New Surfboard

Let’s begin with the buying a brand new surfboard scenario.

These shiny looking things are genuinely something to get excited about. They’ll be fresh out the workshop and would have only been touched by the skilled hands of the shaper.

But what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a brand new surfboard? Let’s take a look…

Brand New vs Second Hand-new-surfboard

Brand New Surfboards


Advantages of buying a brand new surfboard

✔️  It will be the exact surfboard type, shape, size and look you want
✔️  It will be in perfect condition
✔️  It will have a much better resell value than a second-hand surfboard
✔️  Should perform better than a second-hand surfboard
✔️  Modern surfboards can last a very long time if looked after
✔️  Can sometimes be bought on finance to help spread the cost
✔️  Brand new surfboards often come with product guarantees
✔️  Can sometimes be part exchanged at the same surf shop for another new surfboard


Disadvantages of buying a brand new surfboard

✖️  Normally cost more money
✖️  Once bought you’re much more worried about damaging it
✖️  The increase in cost makes it a bigger risk
✖️  Not as environmentally friendly as reusing a second-hand surfboard


Typical scenarios for buying a brand new surfboard

So after having a quick read of the above advantages and disadvantages, I thought it would be helpful to mark out some scenarios where buying a brand new surfboard makes the most sense.


The rewarding surfer

Those who fall into the wannabe surfer category have spent time amongst the waves learning the basics. They might have either learned on rental foamies or their own second-hand surfboard and now they’re hooked.

This was me.

After spending a whole summer in the sea learning enough to be able to stand up frequently, I decided to reward myself with a brand new surfboard that would help me progress.


The unfortunate surfer

For those of you unfortunate enough to damage your surfboard in an irreparable way, a brand new surfboard might be the best thing to cheer you up.


The early adopting surfer

For those of you who are completely entrenched in surfing and only want to be riding on the latest surfboard technology, buying a brand new surfboard for your quiver might even be somewhat trivial. Of course, this would require a fair amount of cash moneys but hey, who needs a savings account – right?

If I ever get to this stage in my surfing career, I’ll have made it in life.


Buying a Second-Hand Surfboard

Now, onto the next bit – buying a second-hand surfboard.

Believe it or not there is a growing market worldwide for second-hand surfboards. Some of the most popular and well known places to get them are eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist.

But, like we did before – let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying a second-hand surfboard…

Brand New vs Second Hand-used surfboard

Second-Hand Surfboards


Advantages of buying a second-hand surfboard

✔️  It’s normally a lot cheaper
✔️  You can try more surfboard types for the same amount of money as one brand new surfboard
✔️  It’s easier to get a high spec surfboard for less money
✔️  Not worried about damaging a second-hand surfboard
✔️  Won’t depreciate as quickly in regards to value as a brand new surfboard
✔️  More environmentally friendly then buying a brand new surfboard
✔️  Not as big of a risk as buying a brand new surfboard


Disadvantages of buying a second-hand surfboard

✖️  Will have been used so it’s not going to be in perfect condition
✖️  It may need repairing which can get expensive
✖️  It might not be exactly what you wanted and or envisaged
✖️  Wont perform as well as a brand new surfboard
✖️  No guarantees included as it’ll likely won’t be coming from a shop
✖️  No financing available, again only shops really offer this service


Typical scenarios for buying a second-hand surfboard

Once again, after the advantages and disadvantages – here are a few solid examples of why second-hand surfboards make the most sense


The beginner surfer

If you’re a beginner surfer and want to own your first surfboard, a second-hand surfboard is really the perfect place to start.

As part of your surfing journey you’ll experience most of your falls and bumps at the beginning. A second-hand surfboard let’s you get on with learning to surf without having to worry too much about the surfboard itself.


The budget surfer

If you’re on a tight budget but still want to own your own surfboard than a second-hand surfboard is the perfect choice. They’re much cheaper than their brand new counterparts but will still get you amongst the breakers.


The heavy handed surfer

If you don’t want the stress of looking after a surfboard properly but don’t want to rent one either, a second-hand surfboard is the one for you. Chuck it in the car, garage, house – no problem and whip it out as and when you need it.


Tips For Buying a Second-Hand Surfboard

  1. See it in real life – this is a must to help prevent yourself from getting ripped off
  2. Get it naked – wax and stickers can hide a lot of stuff – ask that these are removed before viewing
  3. Ask why the surfboard is being sold – the seller might not really say, but it’s still worth the ask
  4. Check the fin boxes – crack lines, salt marks and any discolouration can help knock the price down
  5. Check the stringer – check for any cracks in the wood, a stringer in bad condition should be a big put off
  6. Bundle package – try and get some accessories included, do they still need the surfboard bag for example?
  7. Transportation – make sure you can transport it away if you do end up buying it
  8. Haggle – don’t just pay the price on the advert, haggle – the seller will be expecting it


Brand New vs Second-Hand Surfboard – What Is Best?

Well, like most things – your decision is influenced by your own situation.

My journey was quite simple, I spent a summer learning to surf with rented equipment. Once I was confident enough with my own technique I figured I’d reward my hard work with a brand new surfboard that would help me progress. I remember putting the order in on and couldn’t have been more excited for the delivery.

Since I purchased that brand new surfboard I never looked back, I loved the fact that it was the exact surfboard I wanted. I was able to specify the look, shape, length, fin setup and brand which resulted in my perfect first surfboard. 

Furthermore, because I felt relatively new to surfing still – I didn’t feel like I had the experience or knowledge to pick a good second-hand surfboard. I knew that if I were to just buy a brand new surfboard I didn’t have to worry about how it was looked after or if it was what I actually wanted.

Both of these things helped me make my decision as to whether to buy a surfboard brand new vs second-hand.



So that is it guys – my surfing equipment guide to ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Surfboard’. I hope it has helped you in furthering your decision if you’re in the same predicament, it’s a difficult one for sure.

Be great to here in the comments how you made your decision or if you’re still trying to make it!

If you’ve also got the same predicament with wetsuits check out my ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Wetsuit’ guide.

As always though, be sure to check out thewaveshack on our socials to keep up to date on the latest content – until next time guys and girls…


Next read:‘Renting vs Buying A Surfboard’


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