She's been kneeboarding since she was 3 so we used that to our advantage. She gets up on her knees at the back of the board, then she leans to the side she surfs on to get out of the wake of the boat, and then she places the rope down on the board to stabilize herself while she gets her feet underneath her. We've been really discussing foot placement a lot now that we are trying to get her up for longer periods of time so she wiggles her toes around while squatted down.They can always squat back down if you run into rough water to help them lower their gravity and get their balance. We've taught a lot of people to surf this Summer and it is so hard when they are tiny. She only weighs 34 lbs and is about 37 inches tall. She is a very small 4, just turned 4 in July. Her 6 yo sister is just a little behind her in ability.