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Old    john jacobs (homeranddoc)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-22-2009, 6:09 PM Reply   
my daughter is turning 5, I want to get her a wakeboard for her birthday. Where can I get the best deal for a board and binding. She learned to ride the ski's with rope attached last summer and has for a couple years ridden with me on a wakesurfer. I expect I wouldn't actually pull her behind the boat this summer due to the fact she couldn't flip herself back over if she fell toeside. What I am looking for is a board I can hand pull her with a rope this summer and get her used to, and be big enough she can ride for real next summer. Any thoughts on size of board and teaching would appreciated.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       02-22-2009, 8:54 PM Reply   
My daughter last year at five and a half.
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That's an older 127 Motive package board. A smaller board would made her more comfortable getting ready but we could sure tow her slow. Idle up to 5 MPH and she's out and riding. Later we towed her at 9 MPH. "Hit it" means put it in gear and barely any throttle. The big boots did not bother her a bit.
She has a brother, 9, who rides a lot so she just assumes she's supposed to. It was way easier getting her up on the board than on skis.
Old    Chris Halfmoon (moon)      Join Date: Oct 2008       02-23-2009, 6:14 AM Reply   
Art the pics are great. That motivates me even more for getting my daughter a board.
Old    Jeffrey Blanchard (eternalshadow)      Join Date: Nov 2001       02-23-2009, 7:04 AM Reply   
LF makes some great kids packages.
Old    Taylor M (lftaylor)      Join Date: Mar 2006       02-23-2009, 7:16 AM Reply   
As said before DO NOT TOW THEM FAST. Even now Taylor (10 years) can stand when the slack is out of the rope. Kids are so light they will get right out and on top of the water. For kids speed is your enemy. If you have access to a jet ski or pontoon, use it before a wake or ski boat. When you are 5 behind a wake boat that boat is huge to the kids. Taylor started off at 3 on training skis being pulled into the beach by hand. Then we put her behind a jet ski then pontoon, then finally behind a boat. DO NOT RUSH THEM. If they are not comfortable they will not do it and quit. If they are comfortable they will progress much faster. If they are bored at slow speeds, they will start trying new things (exploring) ie edging riding switch cutting harder trying to jump. As a parent I can tell you first hand this is BORING and hard to do but be patient your kid will advance much faster if they want to do it and not us wanting them to do it.
If anyone is wanting to go the slightly used route Taylor has a few boards and a pair of new kids bindings I could make someone a good deal on.
Scott
Old    SunDoo (sundoo)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-28-2009, 8:58 PM Reply   
Hi Art. I picked up a LF nemesis 111cm with the element bindings from Shuswap Marina two seasons ago. Fair deal and great board. Both my son (6) and daughter (9) ride it. Pull them slow and they can crash all day. My son rides at 12ish and my daughter at 17ish. Tons of fun.
Dave

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