Costco Wavestorm Surfboard Review

In our review the foamie that has begin ubiquitous in every surfing lineup. We're talking about the Costco Wavestorm.

What was once only for Costco members is now available to everyone via Amazon. They carry both the blue and the rasta designs.

Wavestorm Surfboard From Costco Review

We have 2 boards to choose from. An 8' foamie and a 5'6" foamie. 

Wavestorm Surfboard Review

Summary: It's got plenty of float. It's fun. Wear a leash and you will have a great time. We say get it.

The Wavestorm surfboard from Costco is a good option for both the beginner surfer who wants to step into surfing without shoveling out a lot of money for a board and for the experienced surfer who wants a fun, foamie board to compete with all of the other foamie boards in the the lineup. Here's our review:

The Pros

  • Priced currently around $200 (more for the rasta design), the Wavestorm is a relatively cheap surfboard to start to catch waves.
  • At 8” long and 2” wide, the Wavestorm's volume makes it a wave-catching machine. The hourly wave count of the experienced surfer is sure to increase.
  • The Wavestorm has so much float it’s tough to imagine it can’t support the weight of anyone capable of driving themselves to the beach. What the actual weight limit is, we don’t know.
  • Costco states that the board will support a surfer as tall as 6” and 200 pounds. More experienced, heavier surfers will probably do just fine on it.

The Cons

  • Cheap is a two-sided coin. Yes, it costs less, but its overall construction is not meant to last for more than season or 2.
  • It gets waterlogged, then heavy, then then gets less responsive fast. The Wavestorm is big sponge waiting to get a hole so it can soak up a ton of sea water. It’s not a matter of if, but when this will happen. This is less of concern for the beginner surfer than it is for the experienced surfer who will expect more responsiveness from the board.
  • The big fins are very bendable which make for a less responsive ride compared to foamies that have firmer FCS fins and the like. Again, this is a problem for the experienced surfer, not the beginner.

Wavestorm 5’6 Original New Modern Swallowtail Surfboard

At 5'6" and 4.8lbs, the Wavestorm Swallowtail was built to have float and turning ability.

This is a great board for anyone looking for a small foamie and/or if you want to graduate from a bigger foamie.

The Origin of the Wavestorm Surfboard

The Wavestorm first became available at Costco in 2004. They were originally priced at $99, a fraction of what you would pay even for a used surfboard at that time. 

They were the perfect, bad / good, cheap foamie surfboard for kids and new surfers alike. At a length of 8” tall and 2” wide, and plenty of volume for float, the Wavestrorm has almost has no weight limit it can’t support.

Kooks and groms took to the Wavestorm like fish to water, and soon more experienced surfers like Jamie O'Brien (JOB) surfed the Wavestorm in waves of consequence at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. See the video below where JOB is dropping into the wave on a Wavestorm at the 21-second mark.

JOB surfing Pipeline on a Wavestorm may just have been the start of the foamie surfboard industry.

We should give the Wavestorm its due. It was instrumental in three respects:

  • The Wavestorm made surfing more accessible to many a newbie surfers due to its cheap price point and availability.
  • The Wavestorm opened the doors for the foamie surfboard industry to start to make more and better foamie surfboards for both the new and experienced surfers.
  • The Wavestorm, with all of its imperfections (or perfections, depending on your view) bought a different type of fun to the line up for some experienced surfers who want to handicap their performance with a mediocre board for the fun of drawing different lines on a wave.

Wavestorm Surfboard FAQs

You have Wavestorm questions? Read on ...

What is "CostCo Surfboard 99"?

"CostCo surfboard 99" refers to the $99 price Costco's Wavestorm when it was introduced in 2004 and was only available for purchase at a Costco store. While the price is no longer $99 you can now purchase the Wavestorm at Costco and at Amazon.

Does CostCo Have Surfboards?

Yes, CostCo carries 2 foam surfboards: The original Wavestorm which was introduced in 2004 and the newest model, a foam fish surfboard model.

Can you buy Costco Wavestorm fins?

Yes, you can buy Costco Wavestorm fins on Amazon.

How long does the Wavestorm last?

The lifespan of the Wavestorm is a season or 2. If you ride it into the sand with each wave, you should expect to get a season out of it. If you take care of it, it could last much longer just like any other surfboard.

How can I expand the life of my Wavestorm?

You can expand the life of your Wavestorm by not riding into the sand, storing it somewhere where it doesn't get too hot and buying a surfboard sock for it.

Should I use a leash with my Wavestorm?

Yes. Surfboards are danger when they are loose and getting thrown around in the surf. Also, all it takes is one gauge from a rock after losing your Wavestorm for it to start to absorb water.

Are Wavestorm surfboards a good foamie surfboard?

Yes, and it all depends on your expectations of it and how much care you give it. If you are looking for a big piece of foam to have fun on that won’t last for more than two season this is the board for you.

How to keep a Wavestorm from getting water logged?

This video shares a few tips about how to install the fins on a Wavestorm to better keep your Wavestorm water tight.

How do you repair a Wavestorm surfboard?

Do not use surfboard resin, Solarez, silicone, or epoxy. Those materials will melt the foam.

Hot glue guns and Gorilla Glue (get Gorilla Glue on Amazon) can be a big help when you want to repair your Wavestorm.

What is the price of a Wavestorm?

You can buy a new Costco Wavestorm for about $200.00 with shipping and handling included.

Where can you buy Wavestorm surfboard?

They don’t call it the Costco Wavestorm for nothing. Amazon sells the blue one and the rasta colored Wavestorm, too. You can also find used Wavestorms for sale online on Craigslist. At around the $200 mark, you might as well buy a new Wavestorm as used boards may not be worth it given the wear and tear that comes along with them.

Should you wax a Wavestorm surfboard?

We think so. Most foamies, including the Wavestorm say you don't have to wax them. But the surface of the board will be more tacky with a little bit of wax. If you bought the Wavestorm as a cheap, convenient option that you leave in your car on hot days, you may want to forgo the wax as you will be welcomed by a waxy mess on your car seat at some point.

How do you wax a Wavestorm surfboard?

Wavestorms, like most foamie surfboards, can get slippery. Get a bar of surfing wax and rub it on the top (not the fin-side) of the board. Once you have a thin layer of wax you are good to surf.

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