Soft Surfboard Prices – What are you paying for?

Soft Surfboard Prices – What are you paying for?

Soft Surfboard Prices – What are you paying for?

If you are considering purchasing a Soft Surfboard or Softboard there are a few important things you should know before buying.  With such a difference in price between the soft surfboard offerings around– what really is the difference in what you are paying for?

The Materials & Construction of a soft surfboard is probably the most important difference between each (aside from their shape).   The reason it is so important is it makes a huge difference to how robust the board will be.  It also is effects how heat sensitive the board is, whether you will need to repair it if damaged & ultimately how long your board will last.

There are 2 main types of foam cores that are used to make Soft Surfboards – EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) cores and Polyethylene cores.  EPS is basically the same as packing foam – very light and buoyant.   The downside to building soft surfboards out of EPS is that it is  fairly heat sensitive & it will absorb water if exposed. So if you have an EPS core board, you have to repair it if damaged and be careful of leaving it in hot places/in direct sunlight.  EPS has a high proportion of air within its beads of foam (hence it’s bouyancy). This air is not sealed in each bead so it can expand when exposed to heat or soak up/be replaced by water. Exposure to heat or water can cause the board to become water logged, bubble or blister.  Many companies try and combat this by coating EPS foam in a waterproof layer & adding more structural integrity to it with reinforcing stringers – all at very varied rates of success.  The bottom line is that if you damage the outer skin & expose the foam, you run risk of making your board unusable.

Polyethylene is a closed cell foam that doesn’t take on water if exposed & is less susceptible to heat damage.  Polyethylene cored boards usually do not require professional repair for minor damage and will not take on water if punctured.  Ideally all soft boards should be made of this material, but it is more expensive so generally it is not used in boards at lower price points.

So if you are about to grab a soft surfboard for yourself, your partner, your kids or anyone else – have a think about how much you are going to use this board.  Make sure you know the materials that the board is made from so you know it will be suitable for your needs before you buy it.  EPS boards are generally fine if you/they want to just try out surfing and see if it sticks.  Polyethylene constructions are definitely worth paying more for because they will have a significantly longer surfable life than their EPS counterparts.

For the reasons mentioned above, we stock the brand G Boards at Zak Surfboards.  They are a Victorian owned company (we like to support the locals) & their boards are one of the best constructed around (using the best materials – Polyethylene core etc).  G Boards are also shaped similarly to a real surfboard with a user friendly rocker and rolled deck/rail (so they actually ride better than most others).  Their price may be a little higher than some boards around – but you definitely get what you pay for in the longevity of the board.  It is not unusual to get a good 10 years of use out of them & they command fairly decent resale prices secondhand (or you can pass them along to younger siblings/relatives). They are also used by the vast majority of surf schools Australia wide.

Private Course at the Studio today, got 4 lads who booked into a course to experience the making of the humble surf craft

Private Course at the Studio today, got 4 lads who booked into a course to experience the making of the humble surf craft

Private Course at the Studio today, got 4 lads who booked into a course to experience the making of the humble surf craft. Rousa has come down from the Westcoast to give the crew 45 years of knowledge in the shaping. And tomorrow he will be running a one on one handshape course starting with the planer.

Rousa has come down from the Westcoast to give the crew 45 years of knowledge in the shaping. And tomorrow he will be running a one on one handshape course starting with the planer.

Sell Your Old Surfboards & Buy New Ones

Sell Your Old Surfboards & Buy New Ones

Sell Your Old Surfboards & Buy New Ones – Looking to move your unused / unwanted / old surfboards? We are now selling Secondhand Surfboards on Consignment again at Zak Surfboards!!! Forget having to waste your time with tyre-kickers on Gumtree, Ebay, SurfCoast Secondhand & Melbourne Secondhand Surfboards Facebook groups. Why not let us put in the hard yards & Sell Your Old Surfboards for you instead.  With our central location for surfers from Melbourne and surrounding coasts, plus a listing on our online store (with 6 photos) we are sure to get a decent amount of traffic/interest in your board.  

Sell Secondhand Surfboards on Consignment

Unlike other surf shops or selling platforms, payments for the boards to us from potential customers can be made by Credit Card, Cash or ZipPay which definitely broadens the pool of buyers. We also offer an Australia Wide Shipping Service for customers on our Online Store – so we can substantially increase the number of potential buyers for you board(s). 

Sell Secondhand Surfboards on Consignment

Our terms and conditions are as follows:

  • Payment for your sold board will be a Zak Surfboards store voucher / store credit which you can spend on whatever you like in store (other boards, wetsuits, fins, board bags etc)
  • We take a 10% admin fee from the sale price
  • All boards you want to sell must be de-waxed (or you will be charged for us to do this)
  • All dings must be fixed & watertight
  • Boards will be listed at a price discussed & agreed to by yourself and one of our staff members (if you are unsure of price etc we can advise you on this)

*We also can buy your old surfboards for $$CASH$$ if you prefer*

Simply come in store with your board(s) during our Opening Hours to sell them through us.