Why you should never sell your first surfboard
- 31 October 2017 | Surfing
How can you sell your first love? Why do you plan to get rid of the surfboard that got you into surfing? Why should a surfer sell his or her fondest memories?
There's nothing like our first wave. The feeling of walking on water is something will never erase from our waterlogged minds.
The stick which got us into stand-up wave riding is a memory that you don't want to forget. It's an evocation of a moment in time that should be relished and cherished forever.
Unfortunately, it happens more than it should, and it rarely is a wise and rational resolution. The most common argument for selling our beloved first stick is that we need money to get a new one.
But couldn't we wait a few weeks or months before taking an irreversible action? Isn't there a way you can get the extra cash needed to buy your new companion?
Our first instinct is to sell the board that no longer suits our newly acquired surfing skills. It's the easiest route to happiness. But it may not be the wisest decision.
Can you imagine watching someone using a board that once stood in your room, garage or car?
You'll regret selling your first surfboard when your quiver gets bigger, and you notice that something's missing. The first one. The magical board that made you proud.
That's when you start digging online, searching for it in internet forums, or on eBay. Make no mistake - it's a bittersweet feeling that won't leave your mind for weeks, months, and maybe years.
As you get older, you become nostalgic about your early surfing memories and start blaming yourself for the mindless decision you've made. "Why did I sell something that was so dear to me for a mere $100?" you ask.
These reminiscences start kicking in at around 30-35 years of age, and may not abandon your spirit until you're gone. So, If you've absolutely decided to go ahead and sell your first dream surfboard, at least, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Why am I selling my first surfboard? There should always be a valid reason;
2. Do I really need to sell this surfboard? The explanation for this action should be crystal clear;
3. Is there someone who could keep it and store it in a safe environment? Are you having problems finding storage space?;
4. Am I selling this surfboard because I need money for my second shortboard? Can't you just borrow money from your parents, relatives or friends?;
5. Am I ready to never see it again? Can you live well with a collection of photos or smartphone-made videos?;
6. Don't you feel guilty for discarding an object that gave a new meaning and purpose to your life? What would you tell your first surfboard before handing it out to another owner?
Stick to the ones you love. Never sell your first surfboard. That's good advice. Sooner or later, your first surfboard will become a personal relic - your favorite craft, and a special piece of gear with stories to tell your children.
Take a look at our definitive guide to buying a new surfboard.