A wave of affordable surfboards
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.