The Wavestorm Surfboard from Costco - A Review


In our review of the Costco Wavestorm, we are only covering the original Wavestorm you can buy from exclusively from Costco. Since the original Wavestorm surfboard hit the market there have been additional Wavestorm models that hit the waves.

We are not reviewing those additional Wavestorm models for the simple fact we believe there are better options to choose from than than the Wavestorm if you are a more experienced surfer.

Still, the Wavestorm has its place for newbie surfers.

Wavestorm Surfboard Background

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.

The Wavestorm Review

The Wavestorm surfboard from Costco is a viable option if you think about it the right way. Here's our review:

The Pros

  • Priced currently at less than $200, the Wavestorm is a cheap surfboard to start to catch waves.
  • At 8” long and 2” wide, the Wavestorm's volume make 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 even 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.

Other Considerations When Buying a Wavestorm

Lifespan: Wavestorms are not designed to last long compared to other foamie surfboards. If you plan to continue to surf a foamie surfboard a lot, take a look at a other foamie surfboard options.

Use a leash: All it takes is one gauge from a rock after losing your Wavestorm for it to start to absorb water.

Consider getting a surfboard sock for your Wavestorm: Using surfboard sock to cover your Wavestorm between surfing sessions can help lengthen the lifespan of your board.

Wavestorm Surfboard FAQs

You have Wavestorm questions? Read on ...

Are Wavestorm surfboards a good foamie surfboard?

It all depends on your expectations. 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 can be a big help when you want to repair your Wavestorm.

What is the price of a Wavestorm?

You can buy a Wavestorm from Costco for $179.99 with shipping and handling included.

Where can you buy Wavestorm Surfboard?

They don’t call it the Costco Wavestorm for nothing. You can also find used Wavestorms for sale online on Craigslist. At less then $200, 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.

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.