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コストコ サーフボードって実際どう?(2021年モデル) ソフトボードメーカーが解説するメリット・デメリット

How about a Costco surfboard? (2021 model) Advantages and disadvantages explained by the soft board maker

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. Easy to handle
 2.3. Enjoy even if the waves are not in good condition
 2.4. Hard to get injured

3. Disadvantages of Costco surfboards

 3.1. Difficult to operate the board suddenly
 3.2. Durability

4. Recommended surfers

 4.1. People who are about to start surfing
 4.2. As a second board for those who have a main board

   

 

1. Types of Costco surfboards (Wavestorm) 

Costco board, the surfboard known by the name of Costco surfboard is a soft board of the brand Wavestorm.

What you can actually get now at Costco OnlineHere

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Wavestorm Softboard 5.8 ft: Quoted from Costco official website

 

It was only Wavestorm's 5.8 ft (about 172 cm). The price is 22,400 yen including tax, which is quite reasonable for a surfboard.

Although it is an English site, Wavestorm'sOfficial siteIt seems that this “Wavestrom” line originally has a length of 9 ft, 8 ft, and 7 ft (all have 3 fins).

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Wavestorm lineup: Quoted from shop.agit-global.com

 

I also asked Wavestorm about whether it can be shipped to foreign countries, but I haven't received a reply yet. Probably, overseas shipping is hopeless, and even if it can be shipped, it seems that the price will be quite high considering the size and weight of the board, so it seems better to narrow down to those that can be purchased in Japan.

personally,If Costco is nearby, we recommend buying it at the store. 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. It is a scale from the eyes.

as a side note,"Costco enthusiastThere was a bulletin board called ", so I tried to see the movement of comments there.It seems that when each store gets in stock these days, it sells at a fairly early timing. After all it seems to tell the high popularity.

 

2. Benefits of Costco surfboards

2.1. Height of cospa

After all, the economic efficiency of having a new board and a set of leash cords in the 20,000 yen range is the most attractive point. It can be said that it is exceptional in the world.

The quality is not cheap or bad, and it may be enough specs for beginner surfers who are considered to be the main target group.

 

Also, as with almost all softboards, it's easy to handle, enjoyable even in poor wave conditions, and has excellent safety. 

2.2. Easy to handle

It's less nervous than a hardboard because it's less nervous about cracks, cracks, and dents when bumped or rubbed. It is easy to handle because it does not require immediate repair even if it is hit or rubbed a little. If you don't mind small scratches and rubbing, you don't need a special board case, but if you want to use it carefully for a long time, it is safer to prepare a board case. 

2.3. Enjoy even if the waves are not in good condition

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. I think it is also good for beginners to learn the feeling of catching waves and the movement until they stand up. 

2.4. Hard to get injured

As it is a soft foam + soft fin, it is less likely to cause a relatively big injury even if it hits. I think this is an important point for beginners. That doesn't mean that you don't have to ride safely to avoid danger, but just in case.

 

3. Disadvantages of Costco surfboards

3.1. Difficult to operate the board suddenly

Not only for sharp turns with a small turning radius, but also for cutbacks, the rails and fins have to bite into the waves with fairly extreme weight shifts.

Due to the size of the buoyancy, the shape of the board, and the elasticity of the Costco board, on the contrary, a fairly skilled technique and familiarity are required when performing abrupt board operation.

When the board is actually longer, it feels like it sticks to the surface of the sea compared to a hardboard.

When you try to make a sharp turn by lifting the nose or raising the rails to bite into the waves, the board has a unique feel that makes it sticky and heavy, and it's a sharp board like you can get with a hard board. I think it is not suitable for seeking a reaction to an operation.

3.2. Durability

The print coating on the surface and the finishing material on the bottom ensure sufficient strength and durability for surfing, but as far as I can check the official website,A fairly simple structure consisting only of the foam part inside and the coating on the surfaceam.

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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.

If a stab or cut reaches the foam below, seawater may seep into the foam inside and corrode or become heavier. 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.

Also, once the surface coating deteriorates, it directly leads to the deterioration of the foam inside the board, so I don't think you should expect semi-permanent durability.

 

4. Recommended surfers

4.1. People who are about to start surfing

For those who are just starting to surf, I think it's the perfect board for getting started before buying a hardboard.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. increase.

4.2. 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. There are many days when there are only small waves and small swells.

It is also recommended for those who are looking for an affordable second board for such cases. 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.

For those who want to surf as much as possible without worrying about the buoyancy and breakage peculiar to softboards, those who want a board with better board operability, those who are not satisfied with the fluffy ride peculiar to conventional softboards, Beach Access software Check out the board as well. →Here

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.

In other words, it is a board that combines the good points of softboard and hardboard. For more information on technologyHeream.

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Beach Access softboard structure

 

summary

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.

Also, I think that it is a board that can be advanced to those who already own the main board and want to purchase the second board cheaply.



 

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