Buying a surfboard on Craigslist is tricky. For every decent seller trying to find a new home for their once-loved board with plenty of life left, there are dozens more passing off crusty, waterlogged hunks of fiberglass as something worth spending money on. Scoring a great deal on a new-to-you board is the dream, but you have to sift through a lot of nightmares.
If you spend enough time sorting through the unregulated Craigslist market, the same types of bizarre boards – and sellers – begin appearing over and over again. They’re not good. Some are sandal-clad snake-oil salesman that want to convince you their ding-riddled board will change your life; others are simply clueless. All are selling you junk in their own obnoxious ways.