We have been borrowing an older probably ~08 Liquid Force Venture 5'6" Everyone is easily capable of getting up no problems. Almost everyone can ride ropeless and the 1 or 2 who can't can get slack about 90% of the time the board just seems too slow for them to stay in the sweet spot.
Right now we are just using stock ballist on an 07 X-45 with thoughts of getting either a 750 or 1100 sac to add on.
What's a good board to look at that would still be easy enough for the semi-beginner to get to ropeless yet good enough that the guys advancing quicker can start thinking about some fancier riding?
After reading a ton it looks like the Inland Surfer Swallow V2 Quad Fin might be a good fit?