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Do you think you are the only person buying second-hand surf products? HUGE MISTAKE.
Currently, there are many people who sell items that have already been used, thus allowing other surfers to take advantage of their useful life. Sometimes, the products are in perfect condition, with hardly any use; and in others, we found some that could almost become one more element of the landfill. The issue is to find and look carefully at what they are selling you, so you will not take home a useless mess that only serves as decoration. Although, in the case that you choose to buy a surfboard with minor damage so you can fix it, you can repair those areas by yourself at home and thus save some money. You can read our post “Repair your surfboard in 5 easy steps”, which will help you to get your board ready to catch waves.
Daniel Fu, youtuber and surfer, shows in this video the benefits of buying second-hand boards and the economic benefit that it can be. You can also see him trying to surf in the middle of winter in Tofino, British Columbia.
Are you determined to buy? If this is your case, you should first know where to look. There are online platforms dedicated to the purchase and sale of surfing items, these sites give you a guarantee of quality that other sites do not, as their team has previously examined the product to later put it on sale. For example, surfmarket.org has a section dedicated specifically to second-hand items.
There are also other specialized websites in which users can put ads to sell their products, perhaps here you find some offer but BEWARE! Look for them in your area, it is better to see them beforehand to make sure they are in good condition. This is the case of todosurf.com and mundo-surf.com.
You can also find surf material in applications for buying and selling second-hand products, such as Wallapop and Vibbo. It is a matter of finding a board that you like, and of searching for a nearby seller so you can see it before buying it.
Beyond of what you can find on the internet, you can also go to surfing schools in the area that sometimes sell boards from the previous season or even to specialized stores, since they sometimes sell second-hand or exhibition products in very good conditions that may interest you. Come in and ask, you have nothing to lose!
Once you know where to buy, now you have to tune your eyes to check that the board is in good condition and they do not rip you off. In what follows, I give you some tips that I'm sure will be very useful, and remember to go to websites or buyers that transmit you confidence. Otherwise, do not buy anything and trust your instincts.
Once you have made all these check-ups, you can be sure that you are buying a board in the perfect condition to start surfing the waves on it.