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ShamrockIV
10-30-2007, 02:55 PM
I want to get a wakeboard for my daughters. They are 8!!! Any suggestions on a board and any tips to help teach them would be greatly appreciated!!!! thanks!!!

rektek
10-30-2007, 03:09 PM
Hyperlite Divine and or motive come to mind. wakeworld has lots of reviews of boards. a comfortable boot might be just as or more important.

ttu
10-30-2007, 03:10 PM
my daughter, now 7 started riding a liquid force star at age 6.

very nice board, but i doubt the bindings will fit next season.

might looks for some used boards over on ww.

Knox's_Better_half
10-30-2007, 03:14 PM
Our 8 yr old rides a Hyperlite Motive with Spin bindings. My husband tought our kids by getting in the water with them and helping them get up. After a while they would get up on their own.

ShamrockIV
10-30-2007, 03:16 PM
I am looking for a good board that they can use for awhile but not looking to break the bank. Any suggestions?

RexDog1
10-30-2007, 03:34 PM
http://www.wakeworld.com/boardguide/getboard8.asp?ProductID=3429 (http://www.wakeworld.com/boardguide/getboard8.asp?ProductID=3429)

http://www.wakeworld.com/BoardGuide/getboard8.asp?ProductID=3427 (http://www.wakeworld.com/BoardGuide/getboard8.asp?ProductID=3427)
http://www.wakeside.com/page/w/CTGY/wakeboards_wakeboard (http://www.wakeside.com/page/w/CTGY/wakeboards_wakeboard)

Read as much as you can, and try to do a rental program at a local pro shop

Mikey
10-30-2007, 03:40 PM
http://www.boardstop.com/product_info.php?cPath=53_69&products_id=2048

http://www.boardstop.com/product_info.php?cPath=53_69&products_id=2064

Here are a couple more kids wakeboard packages. I was gonna buy my daughter one but she has no interest in trying it out. Oh well I guess I cant make her do it.

I agree with rektek, make sure and get comfortable bindings. Nothing will ruin the experience for them like sore uncomfortable feet.

swatguy
10-30-2007, 04:10 PM
The choices so far are pretty good. What you want to look for in a kids/beginner board is one that has a continuous rocker imo. Most beginner boards are but there are some that aren't. The continuous rocker gives them the same pop of the wake each time and is very predictable/consistant where as a 3 stage rocker requires more of a precise body position to get the right amount of pop from the wake. Most of the low end boards from Liquid Force and Hyperlite used to be pro-model boards so they will def last a long time as they progress. I am also a huge fan of the Motive from Hyperlite and the Diva from Liquid Force. Both of those boards are very forgiving for beginners yet advanced enough to keep them going well into the future as the Motive used to be ridden by pro Shaun Murray and the Diva by pro Emily Copeland.

Depending on how much each girl weighs and their shoe size you may be able to get away with an adjustable binding. One binding I would check into is made by CWB. It's called th Sage. This is more of a medium end binding geared toward exact shoe sizes. The Bliss is more of an adjustable size fit meaning there is more play for friends to wear or room to grow. Again not sure what their shoe size is if they are big enough to get into one of these. With both of these bindings the have what they call the hinge system which is patented by CB. Makes getting in and out of the bindings a breeze especially for the little ones. I highly recommend a pair of bindings with the hinge system if they can fit into them.

Just be careful when yo do get a pair of bindings as you don't want them to be to loose. that is very dangerous and can pretty much not make boarding fun as it will be a ton of work to get the board to respond.

I would spend more money on a decent binding as that is def where to focus first. Boards haven't changed too much over the years on designs for beginners so yo wouldn't have a problem finding an older board on Eba or something, but I would def go with a newer binding as technology and fit has come A LONG WAY. and if your feet are comfy you can ride all day.