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Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 12:51 PM Reply   
Hey guys my son see's me wakeboarding and wants to get started. It sucks telling him he's not big enough yet. What do you guys think, is he big enough? Do they even make any equipment that would even fit him?
Old    Steve Williams (jsw)      Join Date: Apr 2009       09-24-2009, 12:53 PM Reply   
yea let him do work.
Old    Ryan Shimabukuro (ryan_shima1)      Join Date: Sep 2002       09-24-2009, 12:55 PM Reply   
Not too young at all. At first, I took my daughter when she was 6, but would hold her between my legs while I was riding on my board.

Many companies make boards & bindings specifically designed for kids.
Old    Chris (cjh1669)      Join Date: Apr 2005       09-24-2009, 12:55 PM Reply   
He's plenty big enough, I had my 4 year old daughter out on a training ski this past summer, and her sister, who is now 2, will probably be trying it next summer. They make wakeboards small enough for him, the hard part with kids is getting them to hold on to the rope, that's why training ski's are good to get them used to being towed.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-24-2009, 1:05 PM Reply   
My daughter got up on a wakeboard at the age of 6. Unfortunately I couldn't get her to maintain interest in the sport.
Old    Greg Hodgin (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       09-24-2009, 1:34 PM Reply   
Both of my daughters skied before they turned 3.
The kneeboard is probably the easiest to get them started on.
Old    Paul (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       09-24-2009, 1:44 PM Reply   
Don't forget to tell them to let go when they fall!
Old    Isaac Gredinberg (extremeisaac)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 1:46 PM Reply   
you should ask if 6 is too late! haahah

my daughter started at 7 and is tearing it up this year.. has toe side and heelside over the wake down.. my 7 year old started at 4 and is a blast to watch on the water!
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 1:46 PM Reply   
We started him on the kneeboard already. Someone had to be in the water to hold the board flat eliminating the need to climb up and he does great hold on to the rope. But im just thinking how the hell is ever gonna get up on a wakeboard.
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 1:48 PM Reply   
Isaac where should I look for a board combo?
Old    Isaac Gredinberg (extremeisaac)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 1:55 PM Reply   
what size shoe is he?
Old    D.DAY (dwday)      Join Date: Dec 2008       09-24-2009, 2:26 PM Reply   
I've gotten a couple youngins out of the water. My experience was they popped right out of the water with the large surface area. They just have problems turning their hips and getting control.
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 2:28 PM Reply   
Anyone know what size board I should be conidering? I've got a 6 and an 8 year old that I hope can share the same board. I checked my son shoes sz 1
Old    Isaac Gredinberg (extremeisaac)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 2:45 PM Reply   
is your 8 year old a girl or boy? I have bindings that will fit a size 1-3.. they are white..
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-24-2009, 3:02 PM Reply   
My 8 yr old is a girl. Any pics of the binding.
Old    Melissa (psych3060)      Join Date: Sep 2002       09-24-2009, 3:09 PM Reply   
Our nephew started at 3.5 and our niece just got up at 6.5 by herself. She got up with my husband riding next to her on a kneeboard at 5.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       09-24-2009, 3:33 PM Reply   
I don't think there is a right age, but six is def. doable. Could be younger or older and really depends how comfortable they are in the water, if they know how to swim, how adventurous and coordinated they are and most importantly how interested they are. Sounds like your little man has the interest.

For the little ones, I think it helps to take the water sports in steps. Tube to get them used to going behind a boat with a little speed, kneeboard or training skis to get them used to holding a handle, and then wakeboard.
Old    schooledrider (rmcronin)      Join Date: Aug 2002       09-24-2009, 3:38 PM Reply   
My daughter skis at 4 and son was skiing at 6. The wakeboard didn't work out and they want to ski. Just let them initiate it and don't push it too hard. That way, if they do a face plant it's not your fault. We(mom and dad) ride as often as possible, but make the kids beg for a turn.
Old    Tim (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       09-24-2009, 3:43 PM Reply   
Six is definitely old enough especially if he is asking to go. Do a little doubles so you can talk him through the start and jitters then prepared to do a lot of driving.
Old    Matt Simpson (slob02)      Join Date: Mar 2004       09-24-2009, 6:12 PM Reply   
Six... for sure. Daughter went from the boom to the handle on the boom to the back in 1 day. Having used combos and tubed helped. No fear of the water.
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       09-24-2009, 6:27 PM Reply   
I am going to buy a board for my nephews. My plan is to put a tube behind the boat and let the person in the tube hold the wakeboarding line. That way when they fall, the person holding the line can let go (maybe even attach a handle to both ends of a short rope section so it would be easier to hold onto). Has anybody tried something like this? I was gonna do that for their first few rides until they get it figured out.
Old    Mike Capuzzo (cccbuilders)      Join Date: Jun 2007       09-24-2009, 6:33 PM Reply   
Should be no problem. Aj was on training skis at 4, wakeboarding by himself at 5. It depends on the kid as long as they want to do it they will. Let them make that choice.
Old    michael z (absoluteboarder)      Join Date: Aug 2002       09-24-2009, 6:56 PM Reply   
.....u can pull them up on the beach by hand until they stay up longer than you can run.....when my son went behind the boat at 8 he then got up first he could always do it at the beach. We had a 5 year old up....her dad just held her and the board up so she didnt have to get up. She stayed squatted and went all around the lake no prob.
Old    David Guillebeau (dguille)      Join Date: Dec 2007       09-24-2009, 7:21 PM Reply   
Go for it man! Here's a picture of my 5 year old. She started July 4th and is riding for 5 to 6 minutes at a time without falling now. She wants to go pro she says!Upload
Old    Nate (nslating)      Join Date: Sep 2009       09-25-2009, 9:02 AM Reply   
My 6 year old got up this year no problem. He rides a Hyperlite Motive and size LG Youth bindings. This combo should work for the next couple of years. Once he grows out of it, my daughter can use it. 6 is definitely not to young to ride. I would just make sure they are comfortable in the water floating with the board. You should also make sure they can flip themselves over when they crash face first....this is important. You don't want them freaking out with their face buried in the water while you get the boat turned around.
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-25-2009, 9:28 AM Reply   
Dave those pics are awesome!

Nate you bring up an great point about being able to flip over in the water. I never thought of that.
Old    Tim (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       09-25-2009, 9:38 AM Reply   
You can hold the other end of the rope on the platform while running a short rope and jump into the water when they fall. Do this until their confidence is built and work in small steps. Doubles is also good for this.
Old    Joe Pearson (pearsonville)      Join Date: Feb 2002       09-25-2009, 9:50 AM Reply   
Buy the new Parks Documentary...
Old    mcfatty (mcfatty)      Join Date: Apr 2003       09-25-2009, 9:54 AM Reply   
This is my boy's very first time at 5 and my daughter at age 7.

Old    Tim (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       09-25-2009, 10:16 AM Reply   
The Parks documentary. Thats a good idea Joe.
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-25-2009, 11:30 AM Reply   
^^ 6 months 29 days wasn't to early for Parks
Old    H2O Pro Accessories (h2oproaccessories)      Join Date: Sep 2007       09-25-2009, 11:42 AM Reply   
what speed do you guys pull your kids?
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-25-2009, 11:48 AM Reply   
Wow just watched the Parks vid. OMG! Nuff said.
Old    Nate (nslating)      Join Date: Sep 2009       09-25-2009, 11:53 AM Reply   
Old    Joe B (sailing216)      Join Date: Oct 2007       09-26-2009, 2:51 PM Reply   
Pull the kids at 15.

My 3 year old strapped on his brothers' 121 and took two pulls. Didn't get up but what a trooper.

6 yr old gets up no problem. surfs, kneeboards, and kid skis. The 3 yr old loves to surf with dad.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       09-27-2009, 10:43 PM Reply   
I started my daughter when she was 5 on a 127 board. Idling is 'Hit It' and she started off at about 5 mph. She's 6 now and is most comfortable at 13 mph. Add bow weight or put the passengers up there to keep the wake smaller. She watches her brother (10) and just tries to do what he does. Pretty much self taught.
She started riding wrapped on her own. This is at 10 mph this summer.
Old    Tommy Fambrough (riverrats)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-30-2009, 7:12 AM Reply   
My son started when he was 3. He turned a lot of heads riding up and down the river. Here is a video from when he was 4. Hard to believe that was 6 years ago.
Old    Tim (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       09-30-2009, 7:54 AM Reply   
Great video, Trey has a chest high wake to ride!
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       09-30-2009, 7:56 AM Reply   
Tommy that was great, You need to take a snap shot of the video with your son next to the wake. Then next time somebody post "how big is your wake" you say shoulder high and show the pic.
Old    Jason Hatfield (jajeh5)      Join Date: Jul 2009       09-30-2009, 8:47 AM Reply   
My daughter has been on the water since she was five and started skiing around seven. Looking back now to me it is never tooo early to get them started. Just have to keep a close eye on them.

(Message edited by jajeh5 on September 30, 2009)
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       09-30-2009, 12:08 PM Reply   
Tommy, that's one heck of a rider for four. No Fear.
Great video, and you're sun is obviously a good athlete.
Old    Chad Helvey (venom93corba)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-30-2009, 6:24 PM Reply   
Tommy that is really impressive. He looks really comfortable too. It's funny watching him put his whole body into it just to get outside the wake. Could have a little PARKS on your hands.
Old    Tatiana (benshy)      Join Date: Oct 2009       10-05-2009, 12:25 AM Reply   
3 years 1 month
in the end of the video he is crying that he wants again:-)
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       10-05-2009, 8:30 AM Reply   
That is so fun Tatiana.
Old    Reuben Buchanan (reuben)      Join Date: Oct 2008       10-12-2009, 2:12 AM Reply   
My daughter started riding at 3yrs & 2mths old by herself on the cable,she asked her mum if she could try after watching one of her friends try.She got up on her 3rd attempt sliding of the dock & rode to the 1st corner then let go much to my wifes releif who was running around the lake after her.
She asked me to make her a little kicker when she was 3 which she hit quite a few times unsuccesfully but now she rides of the corner of our normal size kickers here at CWC.
My 1yr old son just showed interest in putting on his sisters wakeboard on about 2mths ago but they left to australia the next day as my wife has to give birth to our 3rd child at Christmas time so when we all come back here january next year i think he may try then,he will have just turned 2.
My daughter rides a little Nemisis board with little LF boots & this is perfect for her & its what Philip soven grew up riding so it is a great board!!
Ive found 1 pic of her crashing of the kicker when she was 3 & another of her on her last day of being a 5yr old about 2-3mths ago & a pic of my son riding with me & his sister on his 6mth old birthday.Ill try to find some pics of her riding when she was 3.Upload
Old    Reuben Buchanan (reuben)      Join Date: Oct 2008       10-12-2009, 2:34 AM Reply   
2 more,My daughter loves jumping of the dock...Upload
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       10-12-2009, 8:33 AM Reply   
Love the geek for the cam on the jump wish my form was as good as hers!!! I have 3 year old twins and a trainer ski have not had them behind the boat yet but they are good in the pool and at the beach.
Old    Andrew"Jet"Mitchell (andrewjet)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-13-2009, 12:08 PM Reply   
Old    Michael Cook (mcook77)      Join Date: Feb 2004       10-13-2009, 12:19 PM Reply   
Reuben - that is awesome!! Great job man!
Old    Jason Higham (2lilwakeboarders)      Join Date: Jun 2009       10-13-2009, 12:33 PM Reply   
Here is my little grom. Started at 5 and this was taken when he was 6. He rides at 22
Learning to powerslide
Old    andyw (andyw)      Join Date: May 2006       10-17-2009, 8:41 AM Reply   
This is my son Tyler going off Big White at OWC at 7 years old. Also a short video of his second time wakesurfing.

Old    andyw (andyw)      Join Date: May 2006       10-17-2009, 8:41 AM Reply   
This is my son Tyler going off Big White at OWC at 7 years old. Also a short video of his second time wakesurfing.

Old    Drew Hayes (cdhayes2)      Join Date: Jul 2009       10-17-2009, 1:33 PM Reply   
This is sooo sick.. I'm definitely going to be getting my kids out as young as possible.. Assuming I have some.. Gotta get a wife first. lol


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