There are a quite a few surfboard types available for the novice, experienced as well as for the specialist. Expert surfboards cost between $500-600. The top end carbon fiber ones being even more significantly expensive. That is why for the inexperienced surfer 2nd Hand Surfboards for Sale would make a lot of sense cost wise. Once when skilled enough to qualify riding the better surfboards the older one can be sold as a part pay off for the newer and better surfboards. A second-hand carbon fiber surfboard is also a case for the expert surfer. The competitive carbon fiber surfboards weigh 4.5 to 6 pounds. Carbon fiber surfboards do not deteriorate with age being made of a super strong lightweight material, which makes economic sense in a second-hand purchase.
A short rundown about the materials used in surfboards Tom Blake in 1926 designed the first hollow surfboard. That was made of drilled redwood having 100’s of holes drilled in that for lightness. The top and bottom layer then were sealed with a thin sheet of solid redwood. This was the advent of the lightweight surfboards. The weight was close to 100 pounds. Compare that to the average current 12-foot fiberglass weighing 18 to 20 pounds surfboard and the super lightweight 5-6 pound competition carbon fiber surfboards. In 1932 Balsa wood boards were introduced. These weighed between 30-40 pounds, a huge weight improvement. Midsections of the light balsa wood strengthened with Rosewood around the edges to make that strong. Fiberglass boards started after WW2 in 1946.
Fiberglass surfboards are made from polyester resin or epoxy. The central core and shape are prepared from polyurethane foam. The more expensive and lighter expanded polystyrene foam core is also used. The downside is that this type of foam has to be pre-molded in a factory and cannot be crafted in shops. Epoxy resin construction is the lighter and stronger fiberglass construction. Epoxy fiber can hold about 2000 pounds per square inch while polyester fiber can hold about 500 pounds per square inch. That makes epoxy boards about 4 times stronger and hence less liable to break or crack. Another plus with epoxy boards that less water can seep through the epoxy material as compared to polyester. A brief rundown of the different popular types of surfboards
- The longboard is 8 to 12 feet long, provides a stable platform for beginners and used by experts also in smooth co-ordinated maneuvers. Does not abruptly change directions.
- The Funboard is 6 to 8 feet long, it is mainly used as a learners board from transitioning from the longboard to the shortboard.
- A Fish board is generally shorter and wider than a shortboard. Used in not so wavy waters as well as in the flatter parts of the waves. Abrupt directional changes are possible in this board
- The gun is meant for riding on huge waves, typically being 6’ 6” to 10’ in length.
Further bifurcations into types are many. As the surfer gains experience they can decide as to what types of waves and boards they want to surf on. If you are looking for 2nd hand Surfboards for sale you can find a large variety online.