(July 13, 2018) Surfing is inexpensive. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that surfing is downright cheap.
Once equipment is acquired it’s basically free. True, a surfboard can seem to be rather expensive, but if one really knew what went into the making of that board, well it’s a wonder that surfboards aren’t priced at least twice of what they are.
In the midst of the hot summer season people will flock to the beach and pay all the accompanying costs. Lodging and food can be pricey. A night on the Boardwalk might run a few scheckles, depending on one’s desires.
Costs can be mitigated of course, but surfing? The ocean is free, at least if one’s ocean activity is close to shore. It’s luxury one can afford. Let’s put it on a comparative basis.
Boating can be very pricey. Assuming a power boat as opposed to sail, filling up with fuel can put quite a dent in one’s pocketbook.
Golfing? You can’t shoot 18 or even nine holes for free. And the bar tab at the clubhouse after losing to your buddies? Forget about it.
A lot of these other activities have a price attached, every time, before anything starts. It’s sort of a price of admission, if you will. Every time, no exceptions.
Used boards are available as well which can bring down the cost even more. Selection will most likely not be as extensive but a little time and effort could be well rewarded.
How about surfing in colder conditions? Wetsuit gear is obviously going to be an added cost. The colder the conditions the more wetsuit gear will be needed. But once it’s acquired, the cost is no more.
Compare it to skiing or snowboarding. Equipment is necessary with obvious initial cost but what about getting to the top of the hill or mountain? Unless hiking is to become part of the process, lift tickets are going to cost, every time.
It seems like surfing has always been like this. Even traveling to exotic tropical locales, once an airplane ticket is paid for, the clear, clean, warm water is available for no charge.
We are going to assume quality waves of course, but the financial aspect can line up in a very favorable way.
So there you have it. I don’t want to hear the whining and fussing about surfboard prices. It’s only my opinion, of course, but surfboards would still be a bargain at twice the price.
I’ve often thought that every surfer should make their own board at least once if for no other reason than to see what goes into it. Not only the time and effort it takes to become proficient at the many steps and processes but even the cost of materials and tools and a place to work all factor into the end result.
Keep smiling and go surfing. The reward far outweighs the relative minimal cost. Surfing is cheap!
— Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.