I started my surfing career about 6 months ago when I was in graduate school and living in Brazil. I pretty much sucked, but once I stood up on the board it was all over. Once I got back to the US, the first thing I purchased was my wavestrom longbooard. This thing will only cost you 99 bucks at Costco. Most of the surf schools use them to teach.
You will probably get at least a year out of it, depending on how much you surf. I surf alot, almost every day of the week. This board is easy to catch waves on. It's definitely on the bulkier side and can be a bit of a hassle when you get on the bigger waves. It's not exactly designed for turning, and making the switch after you know what you are doing will feel like changing from an American car to a Ferrari.
I managed to snap one in half, and Costco still took it back. Although my first purchase when I get a full time job will be a new board, you can't hate on the board that got you into such an awesome sport. If you want to learn to surf, you can't go wrong with this thing.
One of the most visible newcomers to world of surfing is the Wavestorm surfboard. It is almost impossible now to paddle out to any waves in Southern California without seeing a handful of these littered throughout the water. Most of this recent popularity has to be attributed to the $99 price point that several "beach adjacent" Costco's are selling the board at. Very little changes on this board from year-to-year, but aficionado's of the WaveStorm will notice that racing stripes were added to … more
Sugie-boards rock (surf + boogie = sugie). If you are new to surfing or in my case haven't been out in years and want to ease into it, the sugie-board is a great way to get started. The Wavestorm sugies are very affordable, in fact I picked mine up at Costco for less than $100. They are a little more buoyant than regular boards and are a little harder to paddle out but they make getting up and riding waves a lot easier for beginners. Because of the length and buoyancy of the boards you cant really … more