Wavestorm Paddle Board 9’6 Review (Honest Thoughts)

So, you’ve been looking around for a Wavestorm Paddle Board, which probably means you’ve decided to jump headfirst  into this great activity called paddleboarding and I’m here to help.

I live right on Cocoa Beach, Florida and have been in love with the sport for a long time. I’ve paddled on all kinds of boards and have gone through countless hours putting these boards to the test.

And I’m telling you, the Wavestorm Paddle Board 9’6 is the perfect Stand Up Paddleboard to take you from a beginner to an intermediate level in no time.

Overview Of The Wavestorm Paddleboard

Wavestorm 9' 6" SUP

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  • ​It is more durable than the fiberglass SUPs
  • ​Has a light density which makes it float very easily.
  • ​The foam makes the SUP very safe especially for beginners
  • ​It is affordable and easily available at Costco or Amazon
  • ​It is less rigid compared to the fiberglass SUPs, which makes it hard to control on the waves.
  • ​It is also hard to paddle on compared to the fiberglass SUP
  • ​Can only support 250lbs

Wavestorm Paddle Board 9’6 Specifications

What makes it so special?

Well, the answer to that question, is the specifications of the Wavestorm.

  • 9’6 in length. The ample space of the board gives you the stability and balance you need as a beginner.
  • Paddles are length-adjustable. It doesn’t matter if you’re Kevin Hart or Michael Jordan, you’ll be able to get the right pull from these paddles. Made from aluminium and attached to a plastic blade, they’re both sturdy and light.
  • Polystyrene Core Water Barrier Skin crosslink Top Deck and Rails. Weighing in at 25.1lbs, these boards are easy to carry around one-handed and perform well in the water.
  • Can support up to 275 lbs.
  • 3 marine wood stringers. A stringer is a thin strip of wood that runs down the middle of the board. It helps with rigidity, so having 3 of them will be great for a beginner.
  • Ankle leash. Keeps the board from drifting away should you get knocked down by the waves.
  • Storage strap. Strong straps for storing your Wavestorm. They look great hanging in my garage.

My Thoughts

Wavestorm pioneered the foam surface. Compared to the heavy and hard fiberglass board or epoxy board, a foam surface is more beginner friendly.

This is because they don’t hurt(as much) should the waves send them crashing against you. They are also more durable,  experience less wear and tear, and can withstand waves and water currents pretty well.

The top is soft without being slippery, which gives your feet a fine grip. It’s designed to increase the balance and comfortability of the surfer, which I’m sure you’d agree, would suit a beginner well.

I found the Wavestorm Paddle Board 9’6 to plane perfectly.

I also found it cool that they include other accessories such as extendable paddles, a leash, and a storage bag.

As for the leash, I found it comfortable enough, but my daughter who is still learning how to surf found it a bit odd. It’s 10’ long; standard length as far as leashes go, but most surfers prefer longer leashes.

And the best part is, Costco sells Wavestorm boards so they’re very easy to get. These boards are affordable and reliable paddle boards that are pocket-friendly.

About Wavestorm

wavestorm sup board paddling on water

No one can make Wavestorm paddle board reviews without mentioning Wavestorm paddle board 9’6.

Wavestorm paddle and surfboards have gained popularity since they made a debut into the market over a decade ago.

The ability of Wavestorm to develop perfectly manicured boards that suit all members of the surf community is unrivaled.

Their products range from surfboards for beginners, intermediate and pro surfers.

In case your board gets slippery, just rub sand on it and you will be good to go.

Frequently asked questions


Is the wavestorm 9’6 paddle board good for beginners?

The answer is yes. Actually, it is recommended for anyone who is looking to venture into surfing.

As stated above, the board is very good as it can withstand severe conditions, whether it is on flat water or on solid waves. It gives beginners a great chance to learn to balance from a tender age.

How do I start using the SUP?

The first lesson for any stand-up paddler or a surfer is learning how to balance. To master this trick, you will need to identify the quietest waters without waves.

Also, ensure that the water is deep enough to prevent your fin from smashing the rocks below.

When you are confident enough of your environment, climb onto the middle of your board and kneel on it.

Paddle while kneeling until you get the feel of it.

When you are confident enough, take a step at a time to stand on the board, taking one foot at a time, balancing your center of gravity on the middle of the board.

An easy way to achieve this is by ensuring that your shoulders are in line with your feet which should be parallel to the stringers.

To maintain a better balance, bend your knee a little bit.

How do I paddle the SUP?

Now that you are on your feet and balancing pretty well, you will need to move, which can only be achieved by paddling.

So how do you paddle? Before you begin to paddle, you should remember that the top hand is used to steer the paddle while the lower hand bends the paddle in the right direction.

You are advised to use your paddle as a lever rather than just smashing it on water.

For a forward move, you should stretch your paddle forward and dig it deep into the water.

After this pull yourself using the paddle as a lever, keeping balance on the board.

Do two or three strokes on the left side and then switch three strokes to the right. Remember to keep straight when paddling.

Whenever you are turning, use the paddle as the lever by sticking it onto the opposite direction of your turn and shove your body on to the desired direction.

A few attempts should perfect these skills but should not tempt you into rushing for the waves. You will be frustrated, a step at a time.

Always align your feet with the stringers and keep your hands well positioned on the paddles.

How do I carry the SUP?

Now, remember that a SUP is bigger than surfboard hence you cannot carry it the same way.

The most convenient way to carry the SUP is by lifting it onto your shoulders. Wavestorm is yet to introduce handles on its SUPs but until then, just put it on your shoulder.

How to maintain a SUP?

If properly maintained, SUPs can stay for several years depending on the use and model.

After using your Wavestorm paddle Board, you are advised to rinse it completely with fresh water.

Wash every part of it including the leash. This will rid the salt, sand and as well as other sea debris which might be attached to your board.

You should also dismantle the paddle and rinse it with fresh water. After cleaning, store your SUP in a clean, dry shade away from the sun. Remember, if exposed to the sun for a long time, the SUP can get badly damaged.

If you want a great paddling experience, keep your SUP in good condition.

Waxing your SUP comes handy as a method of maintaining your SUP. Fortunately, the foam on Wavestorm Paddleboard replaces the need for wax.

Our Conclusion of the Wavestorm Paddle Board 9’6

​To sum it all up, Wavestorm paddleboard 9’6 is the best, according to me, paddleboard for beginners available in the market. It was designed with a beginner paddler in mind, therefore, catering to all the challenges faced by beginners.

By the way, if you’re excited about the sport but not willing to spend a lot just yet, you can always buy an inflatable paddle board. You can check out my guide for budget friendly inflatable paddle boards here.

About the Author Chet Thornberry

My name is Chet and I'm a surfer living in Cocoa Beach. I created this blog to put my experience with surfing, skimboarding, bodyboarding, and paddleboarding to good use (pretty much all things water sports).

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