Friday, December 26, 2014

5 Tips to Help You Successfully Buy a Used Surfboard

If replacing your current surfboard with a brand new one isn't a realistic option, you may want to consider investing in a used board. Whether your new to the sport or you're an experienced participant, purchasing a used surfboard is an excellent way of saving money while still receiving a high quality product. However, blindly buying a used board can end with you acquiring a dud that isn't worth the cash you spent. Listed below are 5 purchasing tips to follow while searching for your next used surfboard.
  1. It's always best to view a surfboard in person before making a final decision, however, if it isn't possible, be sure to request plenty of pictures that show every angle of the board. You should also ask to receive a written guarantee that the description and photos you've seen are a true representation of the surfboard you have agreed to buy.
  2. Although, most used surfboards will have their share of dings, a board that is riddled with them is not a wise purchase. Before making a decision, you should establish whether or not previous dings were properly fixed by the owner or a professional, and whether the current dings are severe enough to lead to the surfboard cracking in the near future.
  3. Don't buy a used surfboard without inspecting its fins. If the board has non-removable fins, look for signs of cracking, especially in the area where the fin and board meet. If signs of cracking are present, purchasing the board isn't a good idea, unless you are prepared to deal with the necessary repairs.
  4. If you spot any discolorations on the surfboard's foam, you're most likely dealing with a water damage. Unfortunately, it is best to walk away from a used board with this issue, no matter how cheap the owner is willing to sell it for.
  5. Buying a board already covered in wax can hinder your ability to view all possible areas of damage. To avoid this mistake, simply ask the owner to remove the wax before finalizing the purchase. If they refuse, walk away from the deal because there is a good chance they are trying to hide the extent of damage present on the surfboard.
 If you're searching for a used surfboard, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Surfboard Traction Pads Are A Great Alternative To Wax

Chances are when you first hit the waves, you followed another surfer’s advice, maybe you even borrowed their equipment, and you mostly thought about how to keep your balance. Once your dreams of finding and riding the perfect wave have been realized, you develop your own sense of style and you learn about the kind of equipment that works best for you.

One of those style decisions is whether you prefer surfboard wax, or a surfboard traction pad. As a surfer you have to do something to your board to keep from slipping right off the slippery surface. Some surfers use wax, but others prefer traction pads. Traction pads work well in all temperatures of water, so you don’t have to change your techniques for different locations or seasons.

You can purchase traction pads in different shapes and sizes, and you can find traction pads made from different kinds of materials. Of course, like everything else in surfing culture, you can find all kinds of different colors and designs so that your traction pad matches your board and they both match your personal style. Innovations in modern traction pads have made them perfect for difficult surfing maneuvers, and you can experiment to decide what kind of traction pad works best for you.

Don’t wast valuable surfing time shopping when you can find an amazing selection of traction pads online at Please contact us to find traction pads ranging in price from $30 to $120. We carry Creatures of Leisure, DaKine, Destination Surf, Hawaiian Hot Grip and Sticky Bumps.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Surfboard Fins Offer Customized Control

Are you ready to take your surfing to the next level?  Beginner surfers are usually anxious to accessorize their equipment, but don’t always know where to start. Once you have the basics of surfing down, the first thing you will want to customize on your board are your surfboard fins.

Fins have a huge impact on the way your board rides.  Fins control how easy your board is to maneuver.  Larger fins gives you more stability and control over your board, but the trade off is that fins drag your board down. 

Beginner surfers tend to need more fins, while more expert surfers will often opt for less fin area.
The options for fins can be almost limitless, which is why, when you’re out on the beach you seldom see two surfboards with identical fin configuration.  You can have as many as five fins on your board, and of course the placement and shape of the fins can be customized as well.

Once you've done a little research into the type of fin configuration you think would best suit your level and style of surfing, you may want to try out a friend’s surfboard that has a similar configuration.  

Once you know what you need, you can find an incredible selection of fins at Please contact us to see fin options from FCS, Futures, Rainbow and Wingnut. We have shortboard fins, longboard fins and SUP fins. With over 54 different fins, you can be sure we have the combination of fins you need to take your surfing to the next level. Our fins range in price from $20 to $138. 

We pride ourselves on having a huge variety of surfing equipment, accessories, apparel and footwear in all the brands you love.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marshfield Teacher Gets Autistic Children Up On Surfboards For a Memorable Excursion

As much as the news likes to report about the sad state of education in America, there are always stories of teachers who put forth extra effort for the children they teach. They inspire us and make us realize that many of the greatest heroes alive today are teachers.

When an autistic child in Marshfield wanted to learn to surf, her parents approached their child's Public School Aide, Kristin Connor, who helped make it happen, not just for Grace Felter, the 11-year old autistic student who loves the ocean, but also for many of Grace's classmates.

Connor partnered with a local surf shop who provided the surfboards, wetsuits and leashes, and even volunteered some employees to help Connor teach the kids to surf and take them out in the ocean to give it a try. The autistic students were in elementary and middle school, and almost a dozen of them were able to give surfing a try.  Their autism did not hold them back from this really incredible life experience.

The Wicked Local article, "Levitate Teaches Kids To Surf in Marshfield" by Lisa Kashinsky, delightfully retells the childrens' experience on the waves,
"Connor split her time between helping kids in the water and celebrating their successes from the shore.
"He did it," Connor exclaimed as Seamus rode a wave in, a smile on her face and her hands in the air, "That was awesome."
Every so often, cheers would rise up from the assembled group as one of the children made it back to shore, including for Felter’s daughter."
If you want to learn to surf for the first time, or if you're a seasoned surfer looking to update your equipment, apparel or accessories please contact us.