Well, we got the boat (MasterCraft Maristar 230 VRS) 2 moths ago and she's seen me wakeboarding (She calls it "Surfsing Up") and wants to try. She'll be 5 in September and is hooked on the Barbie and the Mermaid Tale movie where Barbie is a surfer. She's been riding in the tube off and on since 1 year old so she's used to being on the water behind the boat. She's been riding a 2 wheel bike for about 6 months so I guess her balance is above average.
I've tried surfing behind my boat but I can't stay on the wake without the rope. I'm 6' 1" and 190 lbs and have no ballast in the boat. I did get her out on the surfboard with me on Friday but we just laid on it and let the boat pull us. She liked that.
So, I saw some small surf boards at Wal-Mart for $30. They were rated for 8 year old kids and had 3 fins. I was thinking that might be too tough to start out on but maybe not.
I showed her this video:
She was pretty stoked about that and says she wants to try "that".
I was also thinking about getting a cheap wakeskate board at Academy and throw some cheap bungy bindings on it.
Any ideas on which the best way to go would be? I'm hesitant to buy a $90+ trainer set of ski board things that she'll be bored with quickly but that might be the best way to go. I was leaning that way because I thought she wouldn't have the strength to hold the handle until I saw the above youtube video of that 3 year old.