I am a first time poster on this forum. My 6 year old son decided he wanted to learn to wakeboard the other day. DS was able to get up on DH's board on the 4th try. He can get up easily and goes for about 3 to 7 minutes. He can cross our wake easily, but if he gets any air, he wobbles on the landing and falls.
My husband's current board is an Arsenal (maybe 138) from around 2008 with Bodyglove bindings- not a great board, but we bought it with a small budget when we got our boat. I know using DH's board is not the best set up, so I would love some advice on a good kids board.
Here are my almost 7 year old's stats:
shoe size 1.5
I also have a almost 5 year old who will likely want to learn next year. He is growing like a weed, but here are his current stats.
shoe size 13
Since DS is on the bigger side of things, I decided that the smallest size boards were out. I was thinking boards in the 118 to 125 size group might be the right range. Also, it sounds like the Surge is a little more aggressive than the Nemesis. Are there any other boards that compare? I rather spend less now and a year or two down the road buy him a new board when he will realize what he is getting. I was thinking of getting a used board in a good brand to save money.
Also, I have been seeing 2006 to 2009 Surges in my price range. The weight appears the same as the 2012 model, but the rocker on the 2006 is 2.08" vs the 2012 being 2.15 and the stance width in 2006 was 16" -22" vs 20.25 vs 24.25" Does this make a big difference?
Also what type of bindings do you recommend? Do I need to get new? If I buy a used board are there any older bindings to look for or avoid?
BTW, part of the reason I would like to keep the price low is that I would like to get my husband a board too. He will not buy one for himself. He is 6 ft and 200 lbs. He can jump and do turns on his current board, but it sounds like the Arsenal 138 might be heavy and not a great design. I would love suggestions on boards for DH. I don't mind buying a few years old as anything is probably better than what he has.
Thank you, I really appreciate your help!