It's the board I swear it must be the board! There is no way it could be me
Coming off a board with huge fins, and switching to a Premier changed the way I ride. Greg Nelson was a factor in alot of my riding changes as he also got me to start thinking more edge, faster boat speed, and less cut. All this equals less work, and being a lazy wakeboarder fits right in with me.
Today I still like my fins as a slightly out of control landing can be stuck. I ride a Byerly now, although slow it is working just fine for me. I do wish my board had a better edge hold and did not slip when ridden tail heavy.
I believe a beginner should ride a good setup from the begining and there is no such thing as a trainer board. Although some boards are better than others. Coaching is more important than the board. Tule training works well. This is when you force the rider to take a short cut by pulling the boat closer to one side of the levee. Shorter cuts mean less speed and more edge, which equals more control in the air.