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A Great Way to Learn How to Surf

  • Jul 28, 2008
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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 the top of the 2008 model.  I do not have enough research to determine how this might affect performance.
I purchased the board in August of September 2007 as a way to "test the waters" to see how interested I would be in learning to surf.  Now, almost a year later, and approximately 3 trips to the beach per week, I'm a believer.  I've thoroughly enjoyed using this board, and I found that with a little perseverance, I could get very comfortable on this board.

Depending on your height and weight, this board will respond differently for different users.  I am 6' 2" and weigh about 165 pounds, and the board seems to be a pretty good match for me.  The board paddles pretty easily, and I've been able to get enough speed to ride it in waves anywhere from 1-4 feet -- I haven't had many opportunities for waves larger than that.

Since this is my first board, I haven't had much opportunity to compare this to other boards, so I'll admit that there could be an entire experience I could be missing by not using a "real" board, but I've definitely gotten my $99 worth of enjoyment out of this board.  Speaking of which, this is also a good learning board as you can beat it up pretty good without worrying too much about long term effects (on it or your wallet).  I've definitely beat the crap out of this board, and I'd much rather learn how to "care" for a board by learning on a $99 board rather than a $400 board.  Based on the number of times I've dropped the board, crashed it into a low-riding garage door, or simply bailed out on a larger wave, this board can take some punishment. 

A year later, I believe I'm ready to move on and buy myself a "real" board, but I wouldn't have made it this far without the help of my Wavestorm.
Wavestorm at Bolsa Chica

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April 03, 2009
Have you seen the Wavestorm shortboard? It's probably a little short for you and me at 6'0", but I think I'm going to pick one up. Now, if I could only get my arse into the water, I could write a review on it.
April 01, 2009
Wow so with this and the  @HealthyRache review on O'Neill wetsuits - surfers are set! I have to at least try it-surfing that is.
August 14, 2008
I'd been wondering about those Costco boards. This was helpful. Thanks!
August 02, 2008
As someone who surfs and is asked constantly from friends "What kind of board should I start with?" will now recommend this surfboard to anyone who is looking to learn how to surf.
July 29, 2008
thanks for the info...
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Quick Tip by . September 09, 2009
surf shops and real surfers must be so bummed with this Costco surfboard. i have 2 myself and i see them EVERYWHERE, they r taking over!
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The Wavestorm Surfboard is an 8' foam surfboard, commonly sold by large membership based warehouses such as Costco.  The Wavestorm comes with 3 fins, a leash, and grip pad.
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