Buying a new surfboard off-the-rack, ie. straight out of a surf shop’s selection of stock surfboards, is generally the quickest and easiest way of buying a surfboard, and often it’s the best way. It depends on the surfboard you want and when you want it — you may find it makes more sense to order a custom surfboard or buy a second-hand surfboard.
Where To Buy An Off-The-Rack Surfboard
From a surf shop, either in person or online. Going to an actual store allows you to look at and feel and compare a number of different surfboards in the flesh, which for many surfers is a crucial part of the decision-making process. On the internet you have many more surfboards at your fingertips, but only at your fingertips in a figurative sense. There are several UK-based online stores with a huge range of surfboards in stock ready to be sent out at a moment’s notice, usually for free.
Of course you can always combine the two approaches, looking round the local surf shops first and considering the different models available, then turning to the internet if you can’t find the right dimensions for the model you decide on. Often surf shops can order in new boards from a sister store or distributor within a narrow time-frame.