Costco Wavestorm Paddle Board Review: Epic Board or Rip Off?

You may have heard about Wavestorm from the last time you went to get yourself a soft-top surfboard. Wavestorm is becoming quite popular in watersports gear since they started in 2006. 

They have swept the nation in terms of popularity. The biggest reason is their method of making sure they are seen everywhere. They are mass-manufactured, affordable, and can be found even in online retail stores like Amazon. 

Their fame came to rise with their surfboards that were labeled as the best beginner board. Not long after, they came up with their version of paddleboards. 

Was their success with paddleboards as bright as what they have achieved with their surfboards? Let’s find out as we put their paddleboards out of the shadows.

Wavestorm Paddle Boards for Adults

9'6 Stand Up Paddle Board for Adults by Wavestorm

Wavestorm has a line of SUPs specifically designed for adult riders. Most of them feel solid in almost all of the area and the dimensions are just right to serve adult riders who are just beginning to paddleboard, going back to paddleboard, or trying to enhance their skill more with paddleboards. 

  1. V1 Stand Up Paddleboard
  2. Expedition Stand Up Paddleboard
  3. 9’6” Stand Up Paddleboard
 V1 Stand Up PaddleboardExpedition Stand Up Paddleboard9’6” Stand Up Paddleboard
Board Dimensions10’6” x 32.5” x 5.25”9’6” x 33” x 5.25”9’6” x 33” x 5.25”
Board Volume217 liters195 liters195 liters
Board Weight25 lbs (11.5 kgs)24 lbs (11 kgs)24 lbs (11 kgs)
Carrying Capacityup to 300 lbs (135 kgs)up to 275 lbs (125 kgs)up to 275 lbs (125 kgs)
Traction PadCarven in V-traction padDeck traction padsInline deck traction pads
MaterialHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foamHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foamHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam
StringersTriple marine-ply stringers for extra durabilityTriple marine-ply stringers for extra durabilityTriple marine-ply stringers for extra durability
Fin SystemStrong molded fin system (single fin)Bolt-through fin system with removable 9” fin Bolt-through fin system and fin parts

All three have been designed to be a buoyant board that is responsive and easy to maneuver. While the other two are a tad bit smaller than the first one. They all render the same responsiveness in quick turns. They do well in tough conditions practically because of their dimensions that were dialed in their built. 

The storage strap feature is another thing you will love about Wavestorm paddleboards. This is what separates them from other low-priced paddleboards in the market. Anything that you don’t want to leave behind on the beach, like your life jacket, can be simply tied down with the storage strap and kept safe with you.


Wavestorm Paddleboards for Kids and Beginners

9'6 Stand Up Paddle Board for Adults by Wavestorm

As if Wavestorm paddleboards’ nice foam top that makes them ideal for little ones to learn how to paddleboard, they also produce SUPs that are particularly for kids and beginners alike. 

  1. Taquito 8’ Stand Up Paddleboard
  2. Taquito 7’ Stand Up Paddleboard
  3. True Wave 8’ Stand Up Paddleboard
 Taquito 8’ Stand Up PaddleboardTaquito 7’ Stand Up PaddleboardTrue Wave 8’ Stand Up Paddleboard
Board Dimensions8’0” x 25.5” x 3.75”7’0” x 25.5” x 4”8’0” x 25.5” x 3.75”
Board Volume93 liters85 liters93 liters
Board Weight13.8 lbs (5.5 kgs)11 lbs (5 kgs)13.8 lbs (5.5 kgs)
Carrying Capacityup to 120 lbs (45 kgs)up to 120 lbs (45 kgs)up to 120 lbs (45 kgs)
Traction PadInline deck traction padInline deck traction padNone
MaterialHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foamHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foamHigh-quality EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam
StringersTriple marine-ply stringers for extra durabilityDual marine-ply stringers for extra durabilityDual marine-ply stringers for extra durability
Fin SystemBolt-through fin systemBolt-through fin systemBolt-through fin system

Wavestorm’s Taquito and True Wave line of stand up paddleboards are your kids’ perfect companion for paddling around in ponds, lakes, or ricers. Kids and beginners love how lightweight and easy to use these paddleboards are. 

Their dimensions may not be far from the adults’ version, but at 7’ and 8’, they offer greater surface area than other stand up paddleboards in the market. This make allows them to be buoyant, stable, and easy to paddle. 

The stringers are well though off in each model – triple for Taquito 8’ and double for Taquito 7’ and True Wave 8’. Just enough to make it stiff and to aid with the boards’ stability and durability. 

If you need to have a soft-top surfboard to use on slow and smaller beach break days, they can instantly turn into just what you need. 


Accessories for Wavestorm Paddleboards

Wavestorm paddleboards usually come in packages that include:

  • The paddleboard itself
  • Fins
  • Ankle leash
  • Aluminum adjustable paddle

But, there are also other accessories that you can include to enhance your paddleboarding experience. 

Expedition SUP Paddle – An ultra-lightweight and flexible paddle that has polypropylene blade channeled with a durable alloy shaft. The blade shape design allows for an increase in the effectiveness of paddling. 

Kids SUP Paddle – Formed out of a central foam core, Kids SUP Paddle is light in the waters and is easy to use. The handle can be adjusted up to 6’3 in length. 

Wavestorm SUP Board Sock – Made of knitted material to protect your SUP, particularly those with sizes 9’6” and 10’6”.

Performance Surfing SUP Fin – Improved turning and maneuvering are the focus of this fin’s template. Can be used for kids’ 8’ and adults’ 9’6” and 10’6”.


What Is Wavestorm?

Wavestorm has been around since 2006 and has been making one of the best selling surfboards in North America. Their impressive statistics were achieved because of beginners and non-professional riders who don’t need professional and expensive equipment to ride with. 

These are the surfers who would rather go with a cheap board they can pick up from Amazon. One that they can or their family can abuse without feeling guilty of wearing out a fancy and pricey one. 

Agit Global is the company that makes Wavestorm Paddleboards for Amazon and other local surf shops. They are one of the world’s leading developers of modern foam technology used for sporting goods, particularly water sports. Agit Global is a relentless seeker of excellence via innovation, market development, and hands-on involvement with the sporting goods committee. 

Wavestorm paddleboards are made the same way their surfboards have been with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint. One of the many reasons Wavestormers appreciate the culture of Agit Global. 


Wavestorm SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards)

As with many paddleboards designed and created for beginners and intermediates, Wavestorm paddleboards are made of high-density EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam. This is the same materials most hot tub covers are made from. 

Paddleboards made out of high-density EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam has pros and cons. Perhaps the biggest upside of a foam constructed SUP is the durability of the board. No more worrying about dents and bumps while you ride, like when you do if it were made from fiberglass. 

You may kick, drop, bump, and toss it without feeling bad that it costs too much to be treated that way. It may get a few dimples here and there, but as long as it has not broken down in two, it will still float. 

EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam boards are practically soft-top. This construction leaves you worrying less about your kids falling or knocking their heads on this board. Soft-tops are also known to be easy on your feet, knees, elbows, or tailbone if you do some sitting down while paddleboarding. 

Possibly the main advantage of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam boards is its lightweight. Wavestorm paddleboards, at its weight of 25 pounds is not too tiring to walk around with. Especially with its carrying handle that is integrated right into the board. 

With the many reasons that make Wavestorm paddleboards a competitive player in the paddleboarding community, there are also a few points to consider before grabbing them to your next water outing. 

Wavestorm paddleboards design leaves it not very easy to paddle as a rigid board. This is because of its three marine wood stringers that add stiffness to the foam. It may have wanted to be flexible and hard at the same time but it didn’t. 

This also made it less stable with lower carrying capacity. Therefore, it is better for guys who are about 250 pounds or more to grab a rather harder paddleboard, preferably a fiber one. 


Conclusion

The cost of Wavestorm paddleboards has to be the main reason that a lot of paddleboarders go for them. However, you shouldn’t base its quality just because it is priced cheaply. The paddleboards have nothing cheap about them. 

Aside from the core ESP (expanded polystyrene) foam, it includes more than one stringer for the added durability and rigidness. The bottom skin is finished with an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) for more strength while allowing the paddleboard to glide easier over the water. 

Most of these paddleboards are covered with patented GFT (graphic film technology) that serves as a strong water barrier while keeping up with being a soft top with a comfortable surface. This technology is UV protected and fade resistant to keep your paddleboard looking new for a longer period. 

It is so easy to assemble and use that all you need to set it up is a Phillips screwdriver to screw on the fin. It feeds the leash through itself with a sturdy eye knot. The paddle doesn’t need any more assembly as it comes built. All there is to do is to adjust it according to your preference. 

The best thing is, Wavestorm paddleboards allow you to start paddleboarding by including everything you need when you purchase it. Unlike most expensive boards that require you to purchase gears separately, Wavestorm has in the package the basics that they believe you will need. 


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Should Wavestorm paddleboards be waxed?

Not necessarily. Wavestorm paddleboards do not require waxing since it has a crosslink deck that works as an integrated traction pad to give you the grip you need as you move in the waters. In the event that the deck feels a tad bit slick, a rub of sand will do the trick. 

Q: Is Wavestorm ideal for paddleboarding?

Certainly! Ideal for different conditions, they work best for gliding around in flat water while you are beginning to learn and can hold up with challenging wells while giving you easier time balancing. 

Q: What do I need to know to learn how to paddleboard?

As a beginner, you must first find yourself the calmest water possible to get your feel of proper balancing. It can sure be tempting to go right ahead and jump straight to the waves but, it might lead you to frustration and discourage you from learning. 

The waters must be deep enough for your fins not to hit them. Position yourself to the center of the board and start by getting to both of your knees. Start paddling here and there as if syncing your body with the board as you move. Carefully stand up one foot at a time. Once you are up, have your shoulders width apart with your feet facing parallel to the stringers. Bend those knees to some extent that is enough to keep your balance. 

Now that you are up, keep in mind about the two basic strokes in paddling: forward and sweep stroke. Your top hand is for driving and your bottom hand is for angling the paddle. Follow your dexterity so that paddling will feel natural for you. 

Q: Any caring tips for Wavestorm paddleboards?

As with any paddleboards, proper care is the secret to making it last. Have them rinsed with fresh water after every ride to keep away dirt, grime, and sand. Those three are the main culprits causing deterioration in a lot of paddleboards. Wipe the freshwater off with a soft cloth or allow to air dry in a shady place. 

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