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How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes When Buying Used Gear
How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes When Buying Used Gear
by Matthew McClifford

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Buying used gear can be the perfect solution for the stand up paddle surfing enthusiast on a budget. Although it may be hard to find certain customized SUP surfing accessories such as used racing paddles, used adjustable carbon fiber paddles, or specific types of handmade paddles for sale, many basic used fiber paddles boards and accessories can be acquired for a decent price with only minimal wear.

Although searching for used paddleboard surfing gear has its benefits, there is also a downside that should be avoided. Here are a few tips on buying used gear as well as a few mistakes that you should try to avoid at all costs.

The Internet can be a Mecca for used paddle boards, used paddle board paddles, and other SUP gear. When searching Craigslist or eBay for a used SUP paddle or board, it's important to be aware of the dangers of scams. Only buy from trusted sellers with high ratings and plenty of stellar reviews. When using Craigslist, it's best to buy from local sellers that you can meet with face to face.

If this is your first time looking for used boards and paddles for sale, make sure that you are fully aware of the differences between surf gear and SUP gear. Although they may look similar, surf boards and paddle boards are worlds apart and are usually not interchangeable. When looking at used paddles for sale, be sure that each paddle you consider is actually an SUP paddle and not meant for canoeing or kayaking. If you are in doubt, look up some paddle reviews of the specific model you are looking at to make sure that it is designed for stand up paddle surfing.

Keep in mind also that the width of the board you buy is critical to its performance. If a board is too wide for you, it will be hard to maneuver with and you may not get very far. If it is too narrow, however, you may find it difficult to keep your balance. A good starting point should be no less than 30" when learning.

When looking for used paddles for sale, make sure that the paddle you buy is long enough for your body size. A paddle that is too long will make paddling difficult, and one that is too short will encourage improper posture. Typically a paddle should measure about 9" over your head.

To make sure you have the right size in mind when looking at used SUP boards and paddles for sale, refer to a size chart. You can find size charts on most SUP enthusiast websites. Many shops will allow you to try out their gear for free to make sure that it fits you properly.

To avoid wasting money when buying used SUP gear, have a good picture in your mind of what you want, and don't allow yourself to be distracted by the greener grass on the other side of the fence. If you buy a piece of gear just because it seems like a great deal, you may end up wasting money on something that isn't right for you and that you end up never using.


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