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Used surfboards are a great alternative for beginners; the cost is generally a lot less than what you'd expect from buying one brand new. But a lot of beginners worry if they should buy second-hand and what to look for.

Here at Wetsuit Centre, we hear you loud and clear, which is why we've put together this handy article to ensure you buy the right board for you!

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Is It Bad To Buy a Used Surfboard?

Truth be told, it's not ideal, but it is cheaper and can work well for beginners who are trialing and testing their introduction to surfing without wanting to commit to the price tag.

Some things are too good to be true, so when checking out a used surfboard, you should make sure to keep a keen eye for damages and previous repairs.

One of the most important things to remember when buying a second-hand surfboard is not to buy it online. Make sure you have a chance to give it a thorough check over in person. If you can, it's often best to get a second pair of eyes to give it a look over, preferably someone with surfing experience.

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What Should I Look For When Buying a Second-Hand Surfboard?

There are a few ways to make sure you buy the right second-hand board for you without investing in a dud. If you follow our tips and tricks, you should be alright!

Check the Board Out in Person

Make sure to really check over the board in person. When purchasing a surfboard online, you can't guarantee its condition, and by the time you have, the money might have already exchanged hands.

If you know anyone with surfing experience, you should ask them to join you and have a look to be on the safe side!

Dings and Cracks

Minor dings are generally expected, but a heavily dinged or cracked board is an issue and should be avoided – no matter how cheap.

Dings or cracks can allow water to get in, causing the board to become waterlogged. Surfing on an unrepaired, dinged or cracked board over time will lead to the fibreglass delaminating from the foam and can cause serious damage.

Discolouration and Water Damage

It's important to check for any discolouration to the foam or general signs of water damage, such as delamination of the fibreglass and areas that may need your attention; if you find any, it’s best to avoid the board.


Make sure to have a good look at the fins and where they are attached to the board. If the fins are removable, make sure to inspect them for any signs of cracking; if there are, you should avoid purchasing the board unless you intend on repairing or replacing the fins.

Previous Repairs

Although repairs aren't generally a problem when done correctly, they should be checked to ensure that water is still not getting into the foam inner, which can be indicated by discolouration.


It's best to inspect the board once the wax has been removed. Wax can conceal a number of issues that the board may be harbouring. If the seller cannot or will not clean it for you to take a look, don't buy the board.

Take Your Time

When checking out a surfboard, take your time; you want to make sure that you've checked every inch, so you know you're not investing in a dud.

Compare Costs

When purchasing a second-hand board, you should also compare the cost to a new, similar surfboard. If it's not far off the price, it might be worth investing in a brand new board that you can have confidence in.

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How Much Should I Spend on a Used Surfboard?

If you're new to surfing, then it's good to have an idea of how much you should be spending; here are some rough guidelines to use:

· A well-used shortboard can cost between £100-£250.
· A well-used longboard can cost between £200-£450.
· If the board is in perfect condition and from a reputable brand, you can expect to add an extra £100-£150 to the above prices.

If you're still unsure, you can always contact a member of our team for further advice or start afresh and purchase a new foam longboard. For more information about selecting the perfect board for a beginner, we recommend reading our article below!

The best foam surfboards for beginners