Just like a guitar for a musician, a surfboard is a seriously personal thing for a surfer. While you can learn your pop and ride the green waves on a rental, there comes a point when you need to find your board.
Different surfboards can change your style of riding. Watch someone who loves their funboard ride a wave and then compare them to someone who learned to surf on a longboard, the choice of board changes the kind of surfer that you’ll become.
Last autumn, after a summer of finding waves in the UK and overseas I was desperate to own my own board again. There’s nothing more heart-breaking than a heady five day fling with the perfect board, just to have to return it back to the rental shop on the way to the airport.
While I knew I needed a board of my own, a summer of fun meant I was seriously broke, so I decided to enter into the online world of second-hand selling.
Ask most surfers about buying a second-hand board and you’ll hear the same thing. Don’t go to any old private seller. If the seller doesn’t know what he’s selling you, how can you expect to know what you’re paying for?
You can’t make a decision on a blurry photo taken in someone’s front room and all surfers know that what looks like a small dint to the untrained eye, can secretly be a surfboard’s death sentence.