A wave of af­ford­able surf­boards

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

SURF’S up. With soar­ing tem­per­a­tures flagged in the leadup to Christ­mas and be­yond, a host of new gen­er­a­tion surfers will take to the waves.

When they do they will no doubt be search­ing for an in­ex­pen­sive board as well as that il­lu­sive, per­fect wave.

To as­sist in the search The Week­end Shop­per of­fers a Sail­boards & Surf­boards sec­tion with a range of bar­gain boards.

Pro­fes­sional board-shaper and Prim­i­tive Surf busi­ness owner Craig Rees has been shap­ing boards for more than 20 years. Based in Nun­dah, he spoke to Shop­per and of­fered tips and ad­vice for begin­ner surfers.

Craig cau­tions be­gin­ners against buy­ing a sec­ond-hand board based solely on its length.

“Many be­gin­ners buy, say, a seven- foot board, only to re­alise once they take it out in the surf that it’s too nar­row.

“You need to look at a board’s width as well as its length,” Craig said.

“For ex­am­ple, a six-foot male would need to buy a board that was at least 20 inches wide.

“Over the years I’ve seen many peo­ple make this mis­take. If you buy the wrong equip­ment it length­ens the learn­ing curve and can even put you off surf­ing.”

Craig also ad­vises ‘run­ning a fin­ger­nail’ over a sec­ond­hand board to check whether it has any cracks. Be­cause if it does it can let wa­ter in and could need re­pairs.

“I’ve had peo­ple come in to me with a sec­ond-hand board they’ve bought for $100 but it needs re­pair­ing which, de­pend­ing on the prob­lem, can cost them an­other $100 or $150.

In ad­di­tion, Craig ad­vises be­gin­ners to look at the brand of the board.

“Buy­ing a sec­ond-hand board is like buy­ing a sec­ond-hand car. A sec­ond­hand BMW is go­ing to cost more than a sec­ond­hand Kia.

“Good boards like Prim­i­tive, McTav­ish or JS will cost more than a cheap Asian-made board.

“In fact that’s how they are val­ued. We price sec­ond-hand boards on the brand and their con­di­tion.

“It’s a mat­ter of get­ting the right brand. How­ever, at this time of year it’s dif­fi­cult to find good sec­ond-hand boards.

“We sell brand new Mini-Mals for be­tween $500 to $800. I’m sell­ing a nine-foot new Mal­ibu for $700,” he said.

A sec­ond-hand eight-foot Mini Mal with ac­ces­sories sells for around $500 in The Week­end Shop­per and a nine­foot Mal­ibu for ap­prox­i­mately $400.

New surfers should store boards in board bags re­gard­less of whether they are new or old.

“I re­pair be­tween 12 and 15 boards a week and most of th­ese have been dam­aged out of the wa­ter.

“ They’ve ei­ther been dropped or left in ex­treme heat in the back of a car which causes them to fade,” Craig said.

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