RE: Kids Board with possible dual use??
I had the same dilemna this year. I opted for the Starsurfer S for my two girls ages 9 and 11. It is a bit less stable than one of the big floaty Go boards, but at their weight (70 to 90lbs or around 32 to 40 kilos) it worked just fine. I purchased the Ezzy kids rigs to go with the board. They were out on it this past weekend and it was a joy to watch them using it. I taught them the basics, uphaul, sail straight, and tack, in about an hour. After that I just let them sail on their own. The rig is key. I disagree with Roger about going with the performance rigs. A simple light sail is all they need. My girls will not be ripping jibes for another season or two. The Ezzy rigs are so light that they never get tired of uphauling or holding on to them.
I had the opportunity to use the board in 20 to 23 knot conditions a few weeks ago. I used a Hucker 5.6. The board absolutley rips. It is not the quickest to jump on a plane but you will be rewarded with one of the best turning boards. I never hit jibes as fast as I did on that board. You can't bury the rails! It just screams through the turns. Additionally, it really sticks to the water. I think it has to do with the fact that it barely has a nose. I can't wait to try it in some small waves.