I have mine since Oct. I started riding at 15 till I got control. Then I rode at 18 learning small jumps and landing. It's easy to jump but only go fast enough so you can ride away with it no matter how much bouncing there is. Today I was up to 23.5 and getting wake to wakes
Biggest problem to get over- don't ride to high. If you get to high, you can get air under the front foil causing the nose to dive suddenly.
I ride full rope. Don't know if rope affects much.