Sep 29, 2010 | Guides

If you’ve entered the world of surfing then you’ve probably gone shopping for a surfboard. Stores that cater to surf and skate participants mainly carry name brand stuff and since a name can mean everything you might be discouraged about buying your first surf equipment because of the price. Remember this, the pros don’t pay for their gear, they are paid to advertise it.

When learning how to surf you should know that the best equipment won’t make you a better surfer. Your driver’s education car wasn’t a Porsche right? You should start with some second hand equipment. A used surfboard that is still in good condition is the catalyst that you need to determine how far you actually want to go in the sport. If you take lessons your instructor won’t recommend buying a new board to start out with anyway.

Buying a used or second hand board gives you the freedom to immerse yourself in the sport without breaking the bank to do so. You can buy used equipment all the way down the line if you want. Wetsuits, leg ropes and various equipment can be purchased used because many surf shops won’t carry it unless it’s still in good condition. They are the authority on what is still useable so use their knowledge to help you get started and save some money.

When choosing a second hand surfboard you should find one that fits your style. The designs on the board aren’t nearly as important as how well the board compliments your height. You should look for one that has an extra 15 inches of length above your height when standing next to it upright. This gives you better balance because you’ll need to find your center of gravity in order to ride the wave. Boogie boards are shorter because they don’t utilize the wave, only the push of the force. A surfboard rides on the wave and allows you create a balance within the pipeline.

Since used surfboards are less expensive you can probably afford to take lessons if you don’t already have an understanding of surfing. You should also buy a wetsuit that gives you comfort when you surf. There are a few different styles depending on when you surf via summer or fall. The thickness of your surfboard is important too, choose one with at least two inches, you’ll be paddling out to meet the waves and having a good thick board will help you get there faster.

After you’ve purchased your board you should take care of it. Don’t leave it out in the sun and know that normal wear and tear from the ocean is a calculated cost. You should also buy some surfboard wax to stop you from slipping off you board when surfing. Make sure to keep the sand and dirt off your board when it’s not in use. Eventually you will want to sell it back to the surf shop so take care of it and pass it on to another up and coming surfer.