Skip to content
Home » Blog » Costco Paddle Board (Is it worth it?)

Costco Paddle Board (Is it worth it?)

Costco paddle board

So, you have fallen in love with stand-up paddle boarding, it’s time to buy your first own board, and now you are wondering if a Costco paddle board is any good?

The obvious advantage of Costco Paddle Boards is the comparably low price. However, a more expensive board of higher quality usually lasts longer, which saves you money in the long run.

Whether or not the purchase is worth it, therefore, depends on the type of paddle board you are looking to buy, the brand, the materials used, and a couple of other factors.

Because so many beginner paddle boarders keep wondering whether or not they should buy a stand-up paddle board from Costco, we have done some in-depth research and put together a comprehensive guide that will help you make a decision.

(Big Blue Guide is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commision.)

Costco Paddle Board

Should I get a Paddle Board from Costco?

Costco has great inexpensive deals for occasional paddlers, complete beginners, and families with kids. Someone who is looking to practice the sport on a regular basis should consider spending more money on a high-quality board.

In order to answer the question of whether Costco paddle boards are worth it, we must first take a closer look at the different paddle boards the popular US wholesaler has to offer.

Products available can vary by store location and season and depend on whether you are looking to shop in-store or online (often, stand up paddle boards are only available in-store).

Costco Stand Up Paddle Boards Overview

Are paddle boards from Costco any good?

We have chosen a variety of paddle boards available at the time of writing this article, which we have analyzed and compared based on several criteria such as materials used, reviews, included accessories, and price.

(Just so you know, this page contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of our links, at no extra cost to you we may earn a commission. For more info, read our affiliate disclaimer. Big Blue Guide is NOT affiliated with Costco.)

Kind of SUP: SUP-Kayak

Price: under $500

Length: 10’6″

Width: 33.85″

Thickness: .56″

Max. Weight Capacity: 300 lb.

Materials/ Construction: Expanded polystyrene foam core, high-density polyethylene bottom slick, soft foam (WBS-IXL) water barrier top deck

Wavestorm SUP-KAYAK Paddleboard

Features:

  • Adjustable paddle
  • Seat (collapsable) and footrests
  • Carry handle/ accessory strap
  • Vehicle roof rack
  • 9” flat water fin

Warranty: 30 days

Wavestorm SUP-KAYAK Paddleboard Review

Pros:

  • very lightweight
  • two-for-one: SUP and kayak at the same time
  • steady and versatile – great for beginners

Cons:

  • construction flaws (excess adhesive on the top of the board)
  • paddles don’t float properly
  • transport issues (carry handle a bit too small)
  • foam top gets scratched easily
Read also: Do I Need SUP Lessons? (Paddle Boarding for Beginners)

What we think about it:

This Costco paddle board is great for beginners who don’t use it on a regular basis but rather want to have some fun during family holidays. It’s quite light, which makes it easy to carry (we do recommend getting a shoulder strap for it, though, as the carry handle is quite small). Moreover, the Wavestorm board is very stable and – this is the obvious highlight of the product – can be converted from a paddle board to a kayak.

However, customers have repeatedly reported issues with the excess adhesive on the top of the board that sticks to your feet. Another problem is that the paddles don’t float properly, which poses a huge risk. Also, a warranty of 30 days is much (!) less than the average in the industry.

So, while the price for the board is comparably low, you may end up spending much more for several accessories that need to be replaced due to bad quality.

Alternatives we recommend:

If you are looking to get a durable stand-up paddle board that you can occasionally convert into a kayak, consider getting a universal detachable paddle board seat. You can attach it to any high quality stand up paddle board.

Read also: When Is It Too Windy To SUP? (Paddle Boarding Wind Speeds)

Hyperlite Elevation Stand Up Paddleboard Package

About Hyperlite:

Hyperlite is very popular in the wakeboarding world. However, the company offers a variety of water sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards. The Elevation Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is currently exclusively available at Costco.

Kind of SUP: iSUP

Price: under $400

Length: 10’2″

Width: 34″

Thickness: .6″

Max. Weight Capacity: 320 lb.

Materials/ Construction: Woven Drop-Stitch construction, dual-layer machined EVA deck pad

Hyperlite Elevation 10’2″ Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Package

Features:

  • 12V Electric Pump (inflates your board up to 20 PSI)
  • removable shoulder strap
  • 3-piece adjustable paddle
  • heavy-duty backpack

Warranty: 90 days – 1 year (more info here)

Hyperlite Elevation Stand Up Paddleboard Package Review

Pros:

  • one button push air pump (for inflating AND deflating)
  • wide and stable – great for beginners
  • super lightweight and easy to carry
  • lots of hooks to add accessories or tie down anchors etc.

Cons:

  • scratches easily

What we think about it:

The majority of paddle boarders who have tried this Costco paddle board have had a great time with it. The electric pump that comes with it is a bonus. Keep in mind that you need a car in order to power it (can’t just inflate it in the middle of nowhere without a power source around). Also, inflating the iSUP takes longer this way than with a manual pump.

Read more: Should I Inflate My SUP With A Compressor? (Expert Advice)

Moreover, several buyers of this product mentioned issues with the fin – it either came off too easily or was difficult to put on.

All in all, this is a great inflatable stand-up paddle board for beginners who want to get rid of shaky legs and have a fun time on the water but don’t really care about speed.


Scott Burke Atlantic Composite Stand-Up Paddle Board

About Scott Burke:

Scott Burke produces paddle boards, surfboards, and bodyboards that are sold by large retailers, such as Costco, Academy Sports, and Big 5 Sporting Goods. This stand-up paddle board is exclusively available at select Costco locations.

Kind of SUP: Hardshell

Price: Under $700

Length: 10’6″

Width: 33″

Thickness: 4.75″

Max. Weight Capacity: 300 lb.

Materials/ Construction: EPS foam core wrapped in fiberglass (2 layers coated with epoxy resin)

Scott Burke 10’6″Atlantic Composite Stand-Up Paddle Board

Features:

  • universal camera mount
  • hybrid carbon fiber paddle
  • custom board bag
  • middle positioned carry handle for transport

Warranty:

Scott Burke Atlantic Composite Stand-Up Paddle Board Review

Pros:

  • very lightweight
  • camera mount
  • durable

Cons:

  • a bit more expensive than other Costco paddle boards (but still inexpensive in comparison with similar boards!)

What we think about it:

The advantage of this board is that it is comparably durable. The fiberglass construction makes it a steady board that will last you a long time.

In this case, getting a Costco paddle board is highly recommended, as you’d pay more for the same product in other shops.


Lifetime Horizon 2-pack Paddle Board

About Lifetime:

Lifetime Products manufactures pretty much everything you can use outdoors, from chairs and tables to watersports equipment. The Utah-based company started out in 1986 and now sells its products in several stores in Utah as well as online (even internationally).

Kind of SUP: Hardshell

Price: Under $800 (for 2)

Length: 10′

Width:

Thickness: 7.5″

Max. Weight Capacity: 230 lb.

Materials/ Construction: EVA deck pad, hull material: High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Lifetime 10′ Hardshell Horizon 2-pack Paddle Board

Included:

  • 2 boards
  • paddles
  • 2 carry straps

Warranty: 5-Year Limited

Lifetime Horizon 2-pack Paddle Board Review

Pros:

  • very sturdy

Cons:

  • comparably heavy and bulky
  • too thick for yoga
  • hard surface (falling may hurt)
  • reported damages at delivery
  • HEALTH WARNING (see below)

What we think about it:

These Costco paddle boards have been reported to come poorly packaged and even damaged. Also, they are quite bulky and much heavier than all other boards listed in this article, which makes it hard to transport them.

A very alarming fact is that Costco mentions the following warning in the product details:
CA PROP. 65 WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Nickel, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

While the price is great for a 2-pack, you should think twice about getting this deal.

Read also: Drysuit for Paddle Boarding (Buyers Guide)

Body Glove Oasis iSUP Package

About Body Glove: Body Glove is known for the creation of the “first functional wetsuit” in California in 1953. Now, decades later, they offer a wide variety of watersports products, as well as active wear.

Kind of SUP: iSUP

Price: Under $400

Length: 10′

Width: 34″

Thickness: 5.4″

Max. Weight Capacity: 300 lb.

Materials/ Construction: PVC platform, triple layer stringer, and side rail

Body Glove Oasis 10' Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package

Features:

  • paddle
  • pump
  • leash
  • dry bag
  • repair kit
  • storage backpack

Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Body Glove Oasis iSUP Package Review

Pros:

  • very stable
  • great for fitness/ yoga

Cons:

  • paddle serves as a handle, which takes some getting used to (but is pretty common for yoga SUPs)
  • main fin doesn’t detach (but it comes with protection)

What we think about it:

This Costco paddle board is very durable and doesn’t puncture easily, no matter how rough the SUP session gets. A few paddlers have reported some issues with the inflation of the SUP board. However, the majority of stand up paddle boarders are very happy with this product, as it is lightweight, stable and durable.

Great for a yoga session or a day of stand up paddle boarding with your dog!


Body Glove Performer Stand Up Paddle Board

Kind of SUP: iSUP

Price: Under $400

Length: 11′

Width: 34″

Thickness: 5.4″

Max. Weight Capacity: 320 lb.

Materials/ Construction: PVC construction, two-toned silver clear tek drop-stitch, triple layer stringer

Body Glove Performer Stand Up Paddle Board

Features:

  • Action camera mount
  • Backpack
  • 3 fixed fins
  • Paddle
  • Pump
  • dry bag
  • repair kit

Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Body Glove Performer Stand Up Paddle Board Review

Pros:

  • high quality contruction
  • durable
  • comes with patented water bottle holder handle to secure a bottle

Cons:

  • fins are fixed
  • hose tends to come off during inflation

What we think about it:

The Body Glove performer stand up paddle board is quite popular among paddle boarders. While it doesn’t provide the best quality on the market, it is worth the (little) money for recreational paddle boarders of all skill levels.

Read also: Paddle Board Paint (A Comprehensive Guide)

Body Glove Crusader SUP

Kind of SUP: iSUP

Price: Under $1000

Length: 15′

Width: 66″

Thickness: 6″

Max. Weight Capacity: 1000 lb.

Materials/ Construction: PVC top and bottom layer, drop stitch core

Body Glove Crusader SUP

Features:

  • 4 adjustable SUP paddles
  • 2 high-pressure pumps
  • Oversize duffle bag
  • 1 coil leash
  • repair kit

Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Body Glove Crusader SUP Review

Pros:

  • super stable
  • durable
  • handles on all sides

Cons:

  • not easy to maneuver
  • not easy to set up on your own

What we think about it:

Definitely a lot of fun for the whole family. If you have kids or want to have a great time on the water with your best friends, this is a great option.

Should be carried and set up with at least two paddlers, as it is quite heavy for just one person.

Some General Advice

How to choose a good paddle board

We have made the experience that some Costco paddle boards are better than others. As a general guideline when it comes to cheap deals from wholesalers, you should always keep the following aspects in mind.

1: The stated maximum weight capacity of very cheap paddle boards is often not correct. Our experience has proven that there can be huge differences between the promise of the manufacturer and reality.

2: Often, the accessories are of extremely low quality. Costco paddle boards, as well as many other inexpensive offers often advertise an all-inclusive-package with paddles, pumps, bags etc. While that seems great at first glance, these added features are usually made of very cheap materials and break easily. Therefore, you end up paying twice.

3: Cheap paddle boards are not sustainable. That’s bad for the environment and bad for your wallet because you’ll end up having to buy a new one every (second) season.

Read also: Foam Paddle Board (2022 Expert Guide)

Costco Paddle Board – Is it worth it?

To sum it up: Whether or not a Costco paddle board is worth it really depends on what you are looking for in a SUP session. One thing you should always remember is: You get what you pay for.


Do you have any questions or feedback? Or do you just want to say hi to a fellow paddle boarding enthusiast? Send me a message!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.