Buying a decent second hand surfboard is not always as easy at it sounds.
With so many sites out there offering second hand surfing gear, it can be hard to know where to start, and which sites you can trust.
Thankfully we’re here to help.
Here are our top 10 places to buy second hand surfboards online.
Surfboardsforsale.co.uk is a site built for the sole purpose of buying and selling used surfboards. New listings are a little slow throughout the winter months, but it’s worth checking back from time to time to see what’s new.
Second Hand Boards
Like the site above, secondhandboards.com is a site specialising in surf classifieds. It may not be the easiest site to navigate, but they have a pretty sweet selection on offer.
Surf community, Hotswell, is the place to be for all things surf. We’re big fans of this site and you should check it out, not least for the classifieds. The site had about 25 boards up at the time of writing, so not a huge selection, but certainly worth keeping tabs on as Summer approaches.
One of the most active UK surf forums, with plenty of used goods on offer. Register now and get involved!
Online surf center and store, Secret Spot, has been in operation for 25 years, so it’s definitely a site you can trust. The site’s second hand and used pages are updated regularly, and contain a good variety of boards and wetsuits.
Surf Guru’s classifieds directory has loads of second hand surf gear, from boards to campers (yes, campers) and everything inbetween. The categorisation of products makes browsing a dream.
We’ve all heard of eBay (right?) The link below goes straight to ‘used surfboard’ results – you’ll just have to play with the filters to find something that’s within budget and sensible collection distance.
Gumtree is a popular sight for bargain hunters, and has a pretty decent selection of used surfing gear on offer. Like eBay, you can search by location, which is handy if you want to avoid travelling too far to collect your purchase.
A bit like Gumtree, but with more choice. The link below will take you straight to a ‘used surfboard’ search, but experiment with different keywords and categories to ensure you’re not missing anything.
Facebook groups such as Surfboards for Sale Wales can be a great place to grab a bargain. Have a play around with Facebook’s search bar to see if there are any surfing groups in your area – you might just get lucky.
A couple of considerations
Where possible, try and check out the surfboard before committing to a sale. Photos and written descriptions rarely tell the whole story, and the last thing you want is to get lumbered with a board which is not fit for purpose.
If purchasing your first board, we’d advise getting someone with experience to check it over for you first – Just because it’s in good condition, doesn’t mean it’s a good board.
Do not hand over any cash until you’ve seen the goods. As much as we like to believe the surfing community is trustworthy, there are some d-bags out there who will rip you off and think nothing of it.
Bear in mind that while buying second hand surf gear may save you money, it can still come at a cost, namely a lack of receipt and manufacturers guarantee. If you break it, it’s on your head.
Finally, if you need some advice about buying your first surfboard, check out this guide at Surfdome.com.
Cover image via Keoni Cabral
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