Summer has arrived in all its glory and some have decided to buy a new surfboard for those wonderful ocean marvels. It may be your first or because you’re a veteran you’re ready to step it up a notch. In either case, here are some basic tips to follow if you’re one of them and want to get your perfect platform to ride nirvana.
For the Beginner:
The beginner should usually do some research into the topic. With local surf shops available or digging through the web, you’ll be able to decide what type of surfboard you need. Don’t forget that if you have a surfing buddy, talk to them to get their opinions. You can also go down to the local beach, study the activity and watch how boards can be very different for all types of people. In addition, you’ll be able to become acquainted with some of the lingo, which may help you in leaps and bounds. Almost always, height and weight play great factors in your decision making. To give you an example, http://www.surfing-waves.com/beginner_surfboard.htm> click here.
After you get an idea about the size, type and you feel comfortable, there are many sources which are available for purchase. Again, you can look to the local surf shop, via the internet or even maybe a used board from your buddy. It is important to note that when you are dealing with internet sites, the board is sight unseen and you are counting on that baby in the wild blue. Another point about buying a new board is that there should be no imperfections whatsoever – no nicks, no scars and no warps.
Part and parcel to the acquisition of your board is you will need certain accessories. Depending upon water temperature at the location you decide to surf, you may need a wet suit or a dry suit. You can rely on the same sources we discussed earlier. You definitely will need a leash, traction pad and some wax. Many people purchase transport bags for convenience.
For the Experienced:
Because of your vast knowledge of the sport and experience with boards, much of this information you already possess. It would be good to reiterate that now you very well may want to seek out a shaper to get your precise dimensions and patterns from the start of construction to finish. With your knowledge, the foray into the internet can at least give you leads to the closest shaper available and some of their charges.
It’s well worth getting into contact with them and seeing what they can and can’t accomplish. Much like anything, custom work means more expense as the board is shaped to your exact specifications. An expert shaper will be able to discern your wishes and even recommend things that will help you get the most out of your new sled. Getting a custom-shaped board from your local shaper makes sense for the seasoned veteran.
Hints: Internet orders can be tricky. During shipping, bumps and bruises to the board can and do happen sometimes. Watch for hidden shipping costs and look to the availability of insurance.
Even when buying from a store, ask about the return policy there. If the board turns out not be a perfect fit and you want or need something else, different stores have different policies.
Good Luck! Hang Ten!