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 Buying a Used Surfboard for Kids

 

Buying a Second Hand Surfboard

Buying a used surfboard for your child is the absolutely the cheapest option but it is easy to pick a bad board if you are not careful.  Remember you only get what you pay for so that really cheap board is probably not the best choice.  The two major things to check on a used surf board, once you found the size and shape needed, are the fins and whether or not the board is water tight.

Tips to help select a used surfboard...

Fins - Check carefully around the fins, especially where the fins are attached to the board. If they seem loose at the base there could be problems. If the fins are non FCS fins and show signs of cracking the board should be avoided because water could get in.   If the board has removable fins, just make sure that all of the plugs or boxes are firmly attached to the board.

Dings and Cracks - Any second hand board will have a few dings on it, and is not generally a problem. A heavily dinged / cracked board is a problem, and should not be bought because the dings will allow water to get under the fiber glass layer into the foam of the board.  If a board has dings that have been repaired correctly,  you are not likely to have further problems with the dings BUT you never know. So a rule to remember is as the number of dings go up the price should go down.

Board Discoloration - Surfing on a board that is taking on water will lead to discoloration of the board.  You will usually see a brown spot.  This could cause weakening of the board so give the board a good overall check. 

Dirty Boards -  if the board you are looking at is covered with wax make sure that you remove the wax before buying the board. Wax can hide a multitude of problems. If the person who is selling you the board will not let you clean it then do not buy it.

Check Thoroughly - Take your time, it is very important that you check the board thoroughly before making a purchase.  Also, compare the cost of the used board to a similar new board  to determine if it is worth the savings!

More Information On Used Surfboards:

eHow  -- How to Buy a Used Surfboard
Second Hand Surfboards For Sale - Extreme Sports Trader