Why You Shouldn't Buy A Costco Surfboard (2022)

One of the most common questions we get asked is what is the best surfboard for learning to surf. Answer: a soft top surfboard. Thanks to their improved buoyancy, soft tops make paddling and standing up easier, letting you catch more waves and have more fun. They are also safer than hard top boards because getting hit with something soft is always better than getting hit with something hard. (That’s just math.) But what many beginner surfers don’t realize is there are a lot of great options out there for soft top surfboards. So instead they head over to their local mega superstore and pick up a Wavestorm Costco Surfboard.

But take it from us, that’s not a good idea.

Costco: Your One Stop Shop (Except for Surfboards)

We love Costco. Cheap gas. Fifty pound bags of popcorn. Free tastings. It’s heaven in a warehouse. Where else can you buy a pair of board shorts, get some photos printed, have an eye exam, prepare for a barbecue, find a computer, and stock up on enough toilet paper for a decade — all while feasting on a free lunch of mini-sausages, Vitamix smoothies, and microwavable empanadas.?

Best of all, the prices are killer. A $9.95 large pizza to go? Don’t mind if we do.

Over the past couple years Costco has also become the king of selling soft top surfboards. Their Wavestorm model isthe most popular surfboard in America.Head down to the Huntington Beach pier on a mid-summer Saturday and you’ll see a flurry of them heading out …. and then getting washed ashore.

And while there’s definitely a place for a Wavestorm in any surfer’s quiver, a beginner would be better off looking elsewhere than Costco’s line of soft top boards when first getting started.

Costco and Kooks

Let’s get one thing clear. Riding a Costco surfboard doesn’t make you a kook. Neither does learning to surf. So long as people respect their gear, the ocean, and others around them, the waters are free for all to enjoy. Everyone makes mistakes and wipes out. That’s life. No worries.It’s how you approach the waves that really matter.

Even seasoned surfers can mess up from time to time. Dropping in on other surfers? That’s wrong no matter how long you’ve been surfing, or how good you are. But most experienced surfers know better. Those hitting the surf for the first time usually don’t, and are more likely to make the mistake of taking a wave that someone else has priority on. Odds are they are also riding a Wavestorm.

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And that’s why Costco surfboards sometimes get a bad rap.

Costco makes it really easy to get a board. Maybe a little too easy. And over the years they have gained a certain association with kookdom. That’s because the majority of people riding Wavestorms are beginners. Beginner surfersare often linked to being “kooks” because they are still figuring out the surfing etiquette and lifestyle. Put two and two together and you can see how Costco surfboards can gain a certain reputation.

But we don’t buy into that reputation. The point we want to make is Costco surfboards aren’t necessarily bad, they just are not right for beginners.

The Soft Top Revolution

There is a great quote thatsums up our motto perfectly.

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.

That’s what it is all about. The lessons, the equipment, the waves — it all boils down to having as much fun as possible. In the past, soft top surfboards had a certain stigma. They were frowned upon by surfing purists who thought soft tops bucked the trend of tradition. Not to mention, they made surfing more accessible, which in the already overcrowded lineups can be a regular surfer’s greatest fear.

But this is nothing new. There has always been those reluctant to embrace change.

Foam surfboards were initially balked at by those loyal to their 40 pound balsa wood boards. When shortboards arrived on the scene they were seen as a joke by longboarders. Using Jet Skis to catch big waves was paramount to cheating. Hydrofoils were considered a novelty act. And then there’s the Chip.

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Back in the 50s, shorter, thinner boards with more-defined rockers came out that made learning to surf easier and more forgiving. They became popular with California’s growing population of female surfers. At first, guys chided these “girl surfboards” for being too small and delicate. That is until they tried one for themselves and instantly fell in love. Soon these “girl surfboards” helped fuel the Surf Boom and provided the model for one of the most famous surfboards of all-time: The Malibu Chip.

The same thing is happening to soft top surfboards today. Although they may have been originally designed with the beginner surfer in mind, seasoned surfers are starting to enjoy them too. So much so we wrote a soft top surfboard guide for every level of surfing. Because every surfer should have a foamie in their quiver.

Why? One reason. They make surfing more FUN!

The Pros of Costco Surfboards (and Soft Tops)

There is a time and a place for everything, and that’s certainly true for Costco surfboards. They can be really fun, in the right conditions. Have you seen the Wavestorm World championships? Turns out even pro surfers are getting kooky with Costco Surfboards. But these members of Team Wavestorm know what they’re doing, and learned to surf the right way first on boards suitable for the task.

That’s because Wavestorm surfboards are better for someone who already knows how to surf. Their thinner shape and squatter tail make it easier to loose control while on a wave, allowing for some gnarly maneuvers and just as gnarly wipeouts. That’s why Wavestorms are for experienced surfers, who can take advantage of this loose performing board and tap into their full fun-releasing potential.

Which is whywe recommend against using a Costco surfboard when you are learning to surf. After you figure out the fundamentals, then go ahead and tackle pipeline on a Wavestorm.

The Cons of Costco Wavestorm Surfboards

Costco stocks other board besides Wavestorms. But since they are the most prominent, popular and widely used, especially by beginners, it’s important to understand why Wavestorms in particular are not ideal for learning on.

The top reasons being:

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  • They are thinner
  • They are narrower
  • They have a small tail width

Each of these contributes to losing stability, float and buoyancy while on a board. Which are some of the most important features required for beginners to properly learn.

Also, there is a reason why Wavestorms are so inexpensive. They are priced according to quality and scale, and built with less durable materials. The means they break down quicker than stronger constructed soft top boards.

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While for someone looking to have short-lived fun that might be enough, a dedicated beginner surfer will want a board that allows more room to progress. Not to mention one that can take a beating.

What’s In a Board?

Whenever you buy or rent a surfboard you should give serious thought to what the board is made of and its dimensions. For example, when buying a hard top surfboard knowing whether it is glassed with epoxy vs fiberglass, or shaped using polyurethane vs EPS foam, makes a big difference. The length, width and thickness of the board matters too.

The same level of consideration should be given when choosing a soft top board. Soft tops are not just for beginners. Every level of surfer from novice to intermediate and advanced can benefit from having a soft top in their quiver. So long as it is the right model for them.

Just like you need to choose the right surf spot to learn at (which is why we hold our surf school at Bolsa Chica), you need to find the right board to start with.The result is a much safer, and funner, experience all around.

A beginner should choose a board that is suitable to their skill set, height and weight, and can survive the initial mishandling that comes with trying something new for the first time. Not just go with whatever Costco has on its shelves for the best price.

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The Soft Top We Use Instead of Wavestorms

At Corky Carroll’s Surf School we teach surfing using Storm Blade Surfboards. This model has been around since 2006 providing some of the best high-performance soft top surfboards on the market.

Storm Blade is produced by AGIT Global, which is actually the same company that puts out Wavestorm surfboards. But there is good reason why you find their sturdy Storm Blade’s being used at a lot surf schools and surf camps around the world, and not their thinner Wavestorms.

Not only do Storm Blade surfboards come in a wider selection of sizes for all skill levels, but Storm Blade’s strong yet forgiving, extra buoyant foam layered construction and well calibrated thickness make surfing an unparalleled experience for beginners to advance. Overall theirdesign with beginner in mind and use of high-quality materials provides a perfectly balanced wave-riding platform to surf.

When compared to Wavestorms, the Storm Blade is thicker providing creating stability. And perhaps most notably, the Storm Blade’s wider, better shaped squash tail performs superior to the poorly shaped blocky squash tails on Wavestorms.

All thiswill have any novice standing up in no time, and is whyrecommend an 8ft or 9ft soft top surfboard with as much width and thickness as possible for beginners. Our favorite surfboard to learn on in the industry isthe 8ft Storm Blade SSR.

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This might all sound like an over-fluffed up endorsement, but we feel really strongly about the boards we use for our surf lessons and truly find Storm Blade’s to be the best. But like we said earlier, there is no one-size fits all when it comes to surfboards. There are plenty of other great soft tops out there (some of which we include in our surfboard rentals quiver).

We want everyone to have fun surfing. And we want beginners to learn the right way.So think twice about that Wavestorm $100 Costco surfboard if you’re just starting out. The better choice is to learn on a higher-quality soft top.

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FAQs

Why You Shouldn't Buy A Costco Surfboard? ›

Those hitting the surf for the first time usually don't, and are more likely to make the mistake of taking a wave that someone else has priority on. Odds are they are also riding a Wavestorm. And that's why Costco surfboards sometimes get a bad rap. Costco makes it really easy to get a board.

Did Costco discontinue Wavestorm? ›

But alas, Wavestorm's availability at the wholesale giant's cold warehouses has ceased to exist, replaced by a Gerry Lopez-branded soft-top from California Surf Co.

Where are Wavestorm surfboards made? ›

The Wavestorm is sold at Costco. It's produced in Taiwan and shipped in bulk, with its custom aspects limited to white stripes on a blue deck, or the other way around. Rubber fins, stock leash, pre-installed traction. Easy on the wallet and hard to ding, the board has become the centerpiece of suburban quivers.

Can a Wavestorm get waterlogged? ›

As is true for any surfboard, the most important thing you can do for your Wavestorm is keep water out of the inner core. Once water has been soaked up into the center the board will become waterlogged, heavy, and unstable. This will eventually cause the board to deteriorate and fall apart.

Can soft-top boards get waterlogged? ›

Soft-top surfboards are perfect for learning because they're safer than a hard fiber glass board. But just like a fiber glass board, soft tops have a foam core. If you slice or ding the board deep enough to reach the white foam core, the board may soak in water and become “water logged” and heavy if not repaired.

Can I return a surfboard to Costco? ›

You break the board, you can return it for a new one.

How much does a Wavestorm cost at Costco? ›

Wavestorm, an 8-foot foam surfboard available only at Costco Wholesale (COST) for $100, has quickly become the bestselling board in the U.S., having sold about 500,000 of them, according to Bloomberg.

Should you wax a Wavestorm? ›

The Wavestorm comes with three fins and a leash, all of which are easily attached. The deck is plenty grippy without wax, which is perfect for hot days at the beach.

Is a Wavestorm a good board? ›

The Wavestorm is the ideal surfboard for beginners or anyone who wants to learn how to surf. It is an inexpensive soft-top surfboard that is easy to learn on while reducing the risk of injury. Even if you are a more experienced surfer, it is a good board to own if you ever want to teach someone how to surf.

Are Wavestorm surfboards any good? ›

That's because Wavestorm surfboards are better for someone who already knows how to surf. Their thinner shape and squatter tail make it easier to loose control while on a wave, allowing for some gnarly maneuvers and just as gnarly wipeouts.

Can you repair a foam surfboard? ›

Most damage caused to the slick can be repaired in a similar fashion to dings on a typical hard surfboard. Solar cured Epoxy such as Dura Resin or Gorilla 2 Part Epoxy are suitable products as they cure hard so is perfect for the slick side of a soft top surfboard.

What does a waterlogged surfboard feel like? ›

If too much water makes its way inside your surfboard, it will eventually begin to feel heavy and, at some stage, will no longer support your weight. If you leave your board in the water with holes in it, the board will eventually become fully waterlogged and sink.

How do you fix a waterlogged foam surfboard? ›

How do you fix a waterlogged surfboard? Open up the damaged area and drain out as much water as possible. Then store the board in a warm, dry place for a few days while the moisture evaporates from within the board. Let gravity do the work and keep the pressure ding or cracked area at the lowest point.

Can you be too heavy for your surfboard? ›

There are no official weight restrictions or weight limits in the sport of surfing. Surfboards are designed to provide float for surfers to successfully ride waves. For heavier surfers, it's as simple as riding a bigger surfboard.

Can I use Flex Seal on my surfboard? ›

Flex seal spray and tape on surfboards? I tried it out. 1 year later ...

Do you wax catch surf boards? ›

Wax your board as you would any other surfboard. No basecoat needed. When riding your board, we recommend using a surf leash and staying away from sharp reef and rocky shorelines as the skins may be compromised if impact occurs.

Can I return an item to Costco after 2 years? ›

Costco is known for having a very generous return policy. Members can return almost any product at any time if they are not satisfied with it. Some members, however, may see this as an opportunity to return worn or used items several years after buying them.

What size surfboard should I get beginner? ›

A minimal surfboard is what we recommend for most beginner surfers. It is the mid-range of surfboards lengthwise varying from about 7-8ft and about 2 5/8″ – 3” thick. The width of a minimal can vary to cater for the rider but typically they are about 20 1/2″-22 1/2” wide.

What items Cannot be returned to Costco? ›

14 Items You Can't Return to Costco Even with a Membership
  • Televisions. If you're in the market for a new television, Costco has you covered. ...
  • Household appliances. ...
  • Drones. ...
  • Computers. ...
  • Cellphones. ...
  • Jewelry. ...
  • Cigarettes and alcohol. ...
  • Tires.
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How long is a Costco surfboard? ›

About. 8ft. soft top surfboard designed by Gerry Lopez, aka Mr.

What length surfboard should I get? ›

A good place to start is going to be 12"-24" taller than yourself but will vary by the shape and style of surfboard. Fish- Proper fish size is typically 2-4" shorter than your shortboard. Shortboard- I usually recommend going 2-6" taller than yourself. But this depends on the size of waves you'll be surfing it in.

What kind of surfboard is a Wavestorm? ›

Wavestorm is the most recognized soft surfboard brand in the United States. The 8ft classic surfboard is one of the best-selling & performing learn-to-surf boards of all time due to it being light, soft & easy to handle.

How do I make my foam surfboard less slippery? ›

Ensure you've removed dirty, sandy wax through the use of natural sunlight, a wax comb, non-toxic surfboard cleaner, and coconut oil. Apply a base coat of wax to provide a foundation for gripping the deck. Add a top coat of surf wax. Clean and re-wax your surfboard as often as possible to extend its life.

What wax do pro surfers use? ›

Pro surfers rave about Fu Wax's incredible traction. Unlike other waxes, this one only gets better as you surf. Fu Wax comes in cold, cool, warm, tropical, and Cool Water of Summer options, meaning that you have the perfect wax available—no matter when or where you choose to go surfing!

How do you Dewax a foam surfboard? ›

How to Remove Old Wax From a Surfboard
  1. Set board in the sun for about 15 minutes, or carefully apply heat with a heat gun or hairdryer.
  2. Scrape wax off with wax comb.
  3. If wax remain, use flour or a wax remover to loosen excess wax.

Should you wax a Wavestorm? ›

The Wavestorm comes with three fins and a leash, all of which are easily attached. The deck is plenty grippy without wax, which is perfect for hot days at the beach.

Who makes Wavestorms? ›

Wavestorm is an affordable, entry-level, computer-shaped, machine-crafted, and mass-produced surfboard. The classic 8-foot soft-top surfboard model was launched in 2006 by AGIT Global, a boardsports company from Taiwan.

What is the best surfboard for beginners? ›

Foam surfboards are a great choice for beginners! For beginner surfers, an 8 to 9-foot foam longboard surfboard is one of the best options as an entry-level surfboard for a number of reasons. Foam surfboards are stable, user-friendly, and easy to paddle which makes catching waves and standing up a lot easier.

How many boogie boards are sold each year? ›

750,000 boogie boards are sold annually in the US and 3 million boogie boards are sold per year globally.

How do I make my foam surfboard less slippery? ›

Ensure you've removed dirty, sandy wax through the use of natural sunlight, a wax comb, non-toxic surfboard cleaner, and coconut oil. Apply a base coat of wax to provide a foundation for gripping the deck. Add a top coat of surf wax. Clean and re-wax your surfboard as often as possible to extend its life.

Is Wavestorm a good board? ›

The Wavestorm is the ideal surfboard for beginners or anyone who wants to learn how to surf. It is an inexpensive soft-top surfboard that is easy to learn on while reducing the risk of injury. Even if you are a more experienced surfer, it is a good board to own if you ever want to teach someone how to surf.

What wax do pro surfers use? ›

Pro surfers rave about Fu Wax's incredible traction. Unlike other waxes, this one only gets better as you surf. Fu Wax comes in cold, cool, warm, tropical, and Cool Water of Summer options, meaning that you have the perfect wax available—no matter when or where you choose to go surfing!

What size surfboard should I get beginner? ›

A minimal surfboard is what we recommend for most beginner surfers. It is the mid-range of surfboards lengthwise varying from about 7-8ft and about 2 5/8″ – 3” thick. The width of a minimal can vary to cater for the rider but typically they are about 20 1/2″-22 1/2” wide.

What length surfboard should I get? ›

A good place to start is going to be 12"-24" taller than yourself but will vary by the shape and style of surfboard. Fish- Proper fish size is typically 2-4" shorter than your shortboard. Shortboard- I usually recommend going 2-6" taller than yourself. But this depends on the size of waves you'll be surfing it in.

How much does a surfboard cost? ›

How much does a surfboard cost? The average price of a quality surfboard is in the region of $600. However, you'll be able to get quality surfboards for as cheap as $250, and there are plenty for sale towards $1,000 and beyond.

Is a 6'6 surfboard good for a beginner? ›

For kids under 12, something around the 7ft mark is ideal. If they're on the taller side, something around 6'6” or 6'2” in a fish surfboard. These are perfect for aiding progression in the early stages of learning. Choosing the right surfboard that has enough buoyancy or “float” helps in aiding paddling.

Do I need to wax a foam surfboard? ›

Foamies. You shouldn't need to wax a soft board, especially if they are new. I'd recommend using it first without wax and seeing how you get on, as most foamies have some sort of grip to them, and wearing boots can be enough of a help.

What size surfboard do I need for my weight? ›

Funboard Sizes
Surfer Weight (lbs.)Surfer Weight (kg)Surfboard Length
100-14045.4-63.56′8″-7′2″
140-16063.5-72.66′10-7′4″
160-18072.6-81.67′2″-7′8″
180-20081.6-90.77′6″-8′0″
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Why is it called a boogie board? ›

The term “boogie board” is derived from the original name of the foam biscuit – the 'Morey Boogie', coined by its American inventor Tom Morey in the early 1970s.

What is the difference between boogie board and bodyboard? ›

The boogie board is for smaller waves, while the bodyboard is for larger waves. In fact, the competitions for riding the waves are called bodyboarding competitions. It's rare to find one called a Boogey boarding competition.

What happened Morey Boogie? ›

Tom Morey, whose creation of the small, flexible, lightweight Boogie Board introduced millions to the exquisite sensation of riding waves on their bellies instead of having to balance themselves upright atop bigger, heavier surfboards, died on Oct. 14 in a hospital in Laguna Hills, Calif. He was 86.

I was curious about the cost board that is often introduced on YouTube and blogs recently, so I checked it. What about quality and price? I will explain that from the perspective of a softboard maker. table of contents 1. Types of Costco surfboards (Wavestorm) 2. Benefits of Costco surfboards  2.1. Height of cospa  2.2

As a second board for those who have a main board. Costco board, the surfboard known by the name of Costco surfboard is a soft board of the brand Wavestorm.. You can buy it at the price minus the shipping fee, so if it is 5.8 ft long, you can get it for an exceptional price of 10,000 yen or less.. Due to its high buoyancy, it is highly stable and easy to catch waves so that you can ride it with a few paddling even in a state where the waves do not break or even in swells.. Quoted from shop.agit-global.com Due to its simple structure, the weight is quite light, and I don't think it is stronger and more durable than ordinary hardboards and softboards that are popular with experienced users.. As long as it is a soft board, it is difficult to make a perfect repair like a hard board, so be careful in that sense.. Currently, Costco online has a board length of 172 cm, so it is generally hard to say that it is for beginners, but in actual stores longboard size boards can be purchased at a price excluding shipping costs.. As a second board for those who have a main board. When you actually get to the point, you want to enjoy surfing regardless of the condition.. Even with a short board, you can feel the buoyancy close to that of a hard long board.. Since I'm going to the point, I think that I can enjoy surfing with this board that is easy to catch the waves even in poor conditions.. The beach access softboard has a soft material on the surface, but the inside has the same structure as a normal EPS hardboard, so unlike conventional softboards, it has a ride that is close to that of a hardboard.. Beach Access softboard structure As mentioned above, Costco board is good at cospa and is recommended because it has many excellent points as an introductory board for surfing.. Especially for those who want to surf a little when going to the beach, I think it's a good board.

In peak summer, the Wavestorm Classic Longboard can be bought for a hundred bucks at nearly two hundred coastal Costco locations.

Despite its name, the. championship is not affiliated with AGIT Global, the company that. manufactures Wavestorm boards, or with Costco.. It’s also a sendup of the. surfers who tend to ride on Wavestorm boards—“kooks,” or surf newbies,. who don’t necessarily know or follow the sport’s tacit codes.. To win, Dollar said, he did everything. you’re not supposed to do in a surf contest: steal waves, make contact. with other surfers, and “create a general mess in the water.” In one. heat, he pushed a surfer wearing angel wings into the whitewash.. “No. matter who you are, when you ride a Wavestorm, you’re a kook,” Dollar. told me.. That’s when Matt Zilinskas, a former manager of the Boogie Board brand,. and the Taiwanese businessman John Yeh, of AGIT Global—Boogie Board’s. manufacturer—tweaked AGIT’s sandwich of expanded polystyrene foam and. plastic to create a board for a surfer’s “first standup experience.” The. Wavestorm, a high-volume, low-profit-margin play, was priced at a third. of what most starter surfboards cost.. Though pro surfers like Jamie O’Brien have taken Wavestorms on some of. the world’s most dangerous breaks—such as Oahu’s Pipeline—as a kind of. humblebrag, the board is not perfect.. Compared to the carbon-fibre-wrapped shortboards. currently championed by surf shops and ridden in high-level. competitions—boards that slash up and down a wave’s face, building speed. like a Scuderia Ferrari—the Wavestorm moves more like a school bus.. Surfers call the Wavestorm a Costco Cadillac, a sofa, or a bath toy.. Matt Warshaw, the author of “ The Encyclopedia of Surfing ,” called the antagonism toward Wavestormers “just the latest misguided. frustration for surfers, who are always pissed off,” and said that it. resembled the scorn that surfers had in the eighties for bodyboarding,. then experiencing a boom.. In one shot, a Wavestormer wears board shorts over his wetsuit; in. another, a person riding a hoverboard drags the tail of his Wavestorm. though an intersection.. One Kook of the Day staple is a shot of. Wavestorm boards hastily shoved through the sunroof of some sedan,. splayed like pickup sticks.. The Instagram account Team Wavestorm Official—which, despite its name,. is not affiliated with the brand in any way—has more than twenty-three. thousand followers, and enthusiastically cheers on Wavestorm riders,. whom the account’s creator, Nate Rohner, calls “the outcasts of. surfing.” There are photos of locals riding the budget boards on the. thunderous waves of Makaha, a surf break near an economically depressed. town in Oahu, and there are surfboard selfies taken by Mike Coots, a. shark-attack victim who surfs on a Wavestorm because his prosthetic leg. would damage a fibreglass board.. There are also clips of “groms,” or. young surfers, launching off of their Wavestorms into acrobatics, in. pounding, otherwise unsurfable shorebreak.. Wavestorms only.

In your most uproarious fantasy, did you ever imagine the biggest-selling surfboard in the world would be an eight-foot long softie from a membership-only warehouse retailer? The Wavestorm costs one hundred and forty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents and comes in a choice of two graphics (classic stripes or in the colours of the Ethiopian flag, …

A creature’s general moral and personal attitudes are represented by its alignment: lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good, lawful neutral, neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful evil, neutral evil, or chaotic evil.. A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act.. A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do.. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order.. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit.. A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs her.. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil-after all, she would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones.. Some lawful evil people and creatures commit themselves to evil with a zeal like that of a crusader committed to good.. Lawful evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents methodical, intentional, and frequently successful evil.. Some neutral evil villains hold up evil as an ideal, committing evil for its own sake.. Neutral evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents pure evil without honor and without variation.. Chaotic evil is sometimes called “demonic” because demons are the epitome of chaotic evil.

Despite their loyalty to the brand, both current and former Costco staff do have some suggestions on what not to buy from the wholesale warehouse club. Here's a list of things you shouldn't put on the list for your next Costco run, according to the people who probably know best.

Most of the people who work there also tend to stand by the brand in terms of its pricing and quality.. This might seem like a no-brainer but Costco workers all seem to consistently remark that buying fruit at the famous warehouse store is risky.. Most say it has nothing to do with the quality of the items, which a lot of employees report is top notch, but more about the simple fact that it's usually impossible to eat all of it before it goes bad.. Aside from the principle that it might not be smart to buy a perishable item in bulk, one long-time Costco produce department employee admitted in a Reddit thread that there are overall issues with the store's produce .. seem to agree with the Costco worker, arguing that buying condiments like mayonnaise in bulk, especially for a family, isn't wise.. Customers and workers consistently praise the Costco food court and the delicacies from its own brand, Kirkland Signature.. Come for a chicken bake and buy a TV on coupon that you just *can't* pass up.". However, it doesn't matter much whether Grey Goose makes Kirkland's Signature vodka — it turns out that Costco's store brand may actually be better.. And on another Reddit thread , a former Costco tire center worker warned that it's definitely worth doing price comparisons before taking the plunge with Costco tires writing, "Compare prices and warranties.. Often Costco has the better deal, sometimes not.". It also seems like customers aren't really sold on the quality of the Costco brand (Kirkland Signature) sheets either.

How to select the best Surfboard for YOU! Ok, you’ve had a lesson/s and decided your hooked on learning to surf and want to buy [...]

“I only surf 1-2 days a year” = Foamboard “I surf about 5-7 days a year” = Foamboard, Longboard or Minimal “I surf atleast once a month” = Longboard, Minimal or Magic Carpet “I surf a few days a month” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet or Fish “I surf every week” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet, Fish or Big Shortboard. A longer board means it won’t fit inside most cars if its over 8ft Heavy bulky item to carry Hard surfboard means its going to hurt more than a foam board if it hits you Can be more difficult to catch waves than a foam board Most airlines won’t allow you to check in longboards due to their length Going to perform better on unbroken ‘green’ waves as they are not really designed for riding white water. Single fin and thruster options available Lighter than large longboards and foamies – so easier to carry Slightly smaller than minimals these boards can be faster and a little easier to paddle out back when the surf gets bigger A Magic Carpet will surf in small knee high waves to overhead high surf Small enough to be allowed on most airlines if you travel Progressive enough that you could carry on surfing this type of board for a long time Can be popular boards with the general surfing public, so hold resale value well.. Lots of cool designs available at affordable prices Faster and more manoeuvrable than the other boards covered above (longboards, foamies, minimals and magic carpets) Relatively light and easy to carry Easier to duck dive under waves when paddling out Epoxy versions can be durable Can surf small waist high to overhead waves If a beginner can surf a fish then it might be the only board they ever want Twin fin, tri 3 fin thruster and quad versions are available Small enough to be allowed on most airlines ( British airways limit board bags to a maximum length of around 6’2 still!). “I only surf 1-2 days a year” = Foamboard “I surf about 5-7 days a year” = Foamboard, Longboard, Minimal “I surf atleast once a month” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet “I surf a few days a month” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet or Fish “I surf every week” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet, Fish or Big Shortboard

As I walked into the Carlsbad Costco last weekend, I saw something that I'd never thought possible. Amongst the jumbo packs of tube socks, tubs of licorice, and triple packs of sugar cereal was a crate of hand-crafted Aloha surfboards. And get this: they

Did these surfboard companies sell out?. According to Aloha Surfboards Shaper/Owner Mauricio Gil, the boards ended up in Costco as a result of a distribution arrangement gone awry–Aloha did not sell its boards directly to Costco.. Last September a Miami, Florida-based distributor, who Gil identified as Larry Chaij, ordered 200 boards from Gil.. Chaij told Gil he was going to sell the boards to another distributor in Central America.. Costco: Have you ever surfed before?. TransWorld SURF Business: But those boards are pretty cheap back there.. I recommend maybe a buying used longboard at a surf shop.

Read my tips on what to look for when buying a surfboard.

What to look for when buying a surfboard Deciding to buy a new surfboard is both exciting and a bit overwhelming.. I’ve made the mistake of going too small and struggling to catch waves, going too big and not being able to turn or duck dive or picking boards that didn’t suit my style of surfing.. Not all surfboards are created equal and not all boards will suit all surfing abilities and styles.. If you are more advanced, you might want different boards for the different waves you ride.. Think about the kind of waves you like to ride – peeling point breaks; 2-3ft beach breaks; barreling reef breaks – this will likely dictate the type of surfboard you buy.. Size matters for your board, and the waves you ride.. Try different sized surfboards on different sized waves.. Don’t just think about the size of your surfboard, keep in mind the size of waves you will likely be riding it in.. And while this is an important factor – the key to finding the right board for you is how much volume the board has.. If you are confident you can find your shape by buying a surfboard off the rack or want to try different surfboards by going second hand before committing to a more expensive custom board or maybe you aren’t picky about the artwork, than there is no need to go custom.. After having a chat with Chris at Misfits about my ability and wave preference and style, we decided on going with a board that had 30L of volume as our starting point.. Before you rush out and buy your next board, remember that choosing a board is an investment, not only financially, but also in how much fun you are going to have in the water.. Buy a board that gets you stoked to surf!And one more tip – buy something that makes you excited to get into the water .

With So Much Hype Around This Board You'd Think It's The Best Right? In This Costco Wavestorm Surfboard Review We Tell All.

Wavestorm truly offers boards for everyone.. Because Wavestorms are designed for beginners, learning to surf on these boards will expedite the time it would take to learn on a traditional fiberglass board.Wavestorms are also safer to learn on.. The soft foam and soft rails all around the deck make Wavestorms less responsive than traditional fiberglass longboards.. Wavestorm also has an 8’ longboard called the New Modern is also a great beginner board, as it has all the perfect qualities for learning as the Classic.. Shape Both Wavestorm 7’ and 8’ boards are the traditional “longboard” shape.. Soft rails are designed not so much for turning power, but more for stability, so naturally Wavestorm designs its board with this rail type.. Unlike traditional styles of fiberglass shortboards, a soft top foam swallow tail board is more buoyant and easier to control, while still offering a challenge for progressing surfing skills.. Accessories Fins All Wavestorm boards come with soft plastic fins that are easy to install pop throughs.. Models, Graphics & Options You can purchase this board in classic three stripe pattern with dark blue, white and light blue colors with black fins.. “ I was looking for the best board to learn how to surf on and my friend told me about Wavestorm longboards.. Wavestorm VS BladeStorm Wavestorm and BladeStorm are two very well known soft top surfboard brands.. But because Wavestorm uses soft foam to make their boards, protective rubber pads on the deck are not really needed.. Wavestorm VS Catch Surf Catch Surf also offers a couple beginner surfboard models, but they are more known for offering more challenging, novel foam top boards, like extremely short thrusters and fish shapes.. Wavestorm VS Longboard As I have mentioned above, Wavestorm longboards are different from traditional longboards.. It also makes the board heavier, called “waterlogging.” The foam on a soft top board is closed cell and waterproof.

Here is a no holds barred review of the infamous Wavestorm and why you should/should not be surfing one at your local break anytime soon.. The stock leash gets constantly tangled around the board, fins, and your legs, making a big mess of things.. On a big bottom turn for any kind of decent sized wave, you will feel the bottom start to slide out from under you.. You can feel the whole board flexing when you take off or try to turn, which surprisingly makes it easier to ride for a board of this size.. There are some (expensive) foam boards now with fiberglass bottoms, but I prefer them less than normal foam boards because they are much stiffer and it takes some of the fun out of having a foam board.. It is way too easy to sit all the way out the back and take set after set while speed paddling past every old guy in the line up.. Catch Surf, other brands, and Kirkland are a few companies making really fun soft boards, but the price is more than double or even triple a Wavestorm, so is it worth it?. It paddles like a breeze and you can get onto almost anything, whether its a 1 ft closeout shorebreak or 10ft barrels (although see Why they don’t surf the greatest).. I surfed for 20 years and never had a foam board.. Buying a Wavestorm honestly felt like I was trying surfing from a whole new perspective, simply because it made it so easy and fun to catch shitty waves.. You will feel no shame in paddling out with a Wavestorm in a big swell, shore break or shallow reef.. Don’t be that guy who gets cold feet and waits on the beach while his friends are all out because your afraid of dinging or breaking your board.

Sometimes it pays to shop around. Discover the items you should never buy at Costco if you want to save money and get the best bang for your buck.

As anyone who's ever shopped at the retail giant knows, everything is sold in bulk, and there isn't a product on your list that they don't offer.. Before you make your next trip to the warehouse, read up on some of the things you should never buy there lest you want to waste money and food.. Seeing as Costco doesn't offer much of a discount on milk, you're probably better off sticking to other stores' brands bottled in containers you can actually use.. Though Costco's cereal prices aren't terrible, most supermarkets and drug stores offer discounts on the same brands and will frequently feature additional coupons for those products.. box of Cheerios, putting the final price of the product at around $2.. According to price comparisons done by The Kitchn, both Walmart and Trader Joe's have lower priced pastas available at any given time—and this doesn't even take into account all of the coupons and deals frequently offered at other stores like CVS and Shop Rite.. Buying your spices in bulk at Costco will only save you money if you can figure out how to use cups of turmeric and oregano in under a year.. ShutterstockWhen INSIDER compared razor prices at various retailers, they found that using coupons at drugstores resulted in greater savings than buying in bulk at Costco.. The best deals on canned goods aren't going to be found at Costco.. If you wait for the right coupons and the right sale, you'll easily be able to score the same body lotions offered at Costco for half the price at other retailers.

Surfboards are back in Costco, and this time it appears it isn't a one -time shot. What's it mean for shapers, retailers, and the industry at large?

The surfboards are marketed under the name Realm Surfboards.. As of Thursday, April 25, the Costco in Carlsbad, California, had at least 50 Realm Surfboards on hand ranging from six-foot shortboards to seven-foot “fun boards.” The boards are being sold for $244.99 — less than the amount it would cost a major surfboard manufacturer to make a custom board in the U.S.. Realm Surfboards are being distributed by Anaheim, California-based Motiv Sports, a company best-known for its pricepoint bicycles found in big-box stores like Target.. “The financial backers, the guys who owned the trademark which at one time included Vance, have licensed the trademark to a company called Motiv, and they’re the guys who have produced the surfboards, the boogie boards, the skim boards, and all the other stuff and are distributing them to Costco,” says Vance.. Realm Co-Founders Mike Parsons and Pat O’Connell are no longer involved with The Realm and have no affiliation with Motiv’s operation, but the two say they were shocked and disappointed when they heard about Realm Surfboards.. I’m kind of bummed when I see a Realm surfboard in Costco.. Last year TransWorld SURF Business reported that Costco obtained the surfboards from a third-party distributor, much to the apparent dismay of the surfboard manufacturer who sold the boards to the distributor under the assumption they were going to be delivered to shops in South America.. Even though Realm Surfboards come with FCS fins, Tyler Callaway, president of Surf Hardware U.S.A., which handles the U.S. operation of Gorilla Grip and FCS says he was unaware of them until he heard about them appearing at Costco.. According to Callaway, the fin sets and plugs used in Realm Surfboards were sold to the factory from Surf Hardware International headquarters in Australia.. Callaway was disappointed that FCS was bundled in with Realm Surfboards, but says there’s not much he can do about it.. “FCS is forgetting that the largest surfboard manufacturers only make up about ten percent of the entire surfboard market.. “We have no affiliation with Motive Sports or Realm Surfboards nor do we endorse their products,” says Callaway.. He says boards selling at big-box discount stores like Costco and Wal Mart for below cost here in the U.S. will impact the livelihood of not only shapers and manufacturers, but the surf shops who carry the boards.. There are going to people who get their first surfboard at Costco, and there are probably going to be people who wouldn’t have gotten a board otherwise, but they did because it was that cheap, it was in mom’s space, and she couldn’t say ‘No.’ And that person is going to need to buy all their other stuff and they’re going to start doing that at a surf shop.. Surf Hardware International has issued a statement regarding surfboards with FCS installed being distributed through discount chain stores.

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9’6” in length Adjustable paddles Ankle Leash Expanded Polystyrene Core Water Barrier Skin Crosslink Top Deck and Rails Storage Strap Three marine wood stringers 25.1lbs Aluminum Paddle w/ Plastic Blade. ​Less rigid than a fiberglass board Not as easy to paddle as a fiberglass board Won’t support people over 250lbs Can’t change out fins Paddle is not as lightweight as a carbon paddle. This is probably the first board we would recommend for beginners who are looking to get into the world of stand up paddle boarding.. How do I stand up on Paddle Board?. You should know that there are two basic strokes in paddle boarding: Forward Stroke and Sweep Stroke.. If you are thinking that maybe you want a surfboard instead of a paddle board then this brand also have your covered with their Wavestorm Surfboard .

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