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    Want to get son in water this summer.

    I'm wondering if anybody has any opinions about what size soft board to get for my 5 year old this summer. I was looking to get a liquid shredder but just don't know what size to get. If I go by their sizing recommendations then I'd end up with a 4'2" board. My goal is to push him into shore break this summer but obviously if he could progress to paddling and getting in himself I just don't think a 4'2" would be the way to go. I'm leaning more towards the 6'4" or 7'5". So, anybody have any experience?

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    http://www.yomart.com/surface-6ft-so...surfboard.html that's what I would get, for sure. He could ride that for a few years, then I'd get him on a fun shape Pu board. Then around 9-11 years of age i'd get him a standard shortboard to fit his height.... thats if you want to teach your son to rip.

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    I would think the problem with a larger board for a 5yr old would be the ability to turn it as he progresses - he likely would not have the weight to move it easily

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    Get him a Beater Board by Catch Surf. www.catchsurf.com Great board. I have one for my 8 year old, it floats me as well. You can use it in front of a lifeguard stand as well.

    2MARG8

  5. hope this isn't a case where the parent forces an activity upon their kid!

    Dangle a bodyboard and a surfboard in front of him... and let him make his own choice, pops.

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    My sons first board was a surface. That thing was such a pain, if you left it in the sun at all it would delaminate and form this big blue bubble, lol. He learned on it but if the beater was around then I would have bought that instead. We have one and it is perfect, not too big not too small. The Surface board was heavy and even though it was soft it hurt him when he got hit with it. Here is a video I made years ago of him riding the surface, and yes that's me being a kook on the longboard in the beginning http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...8982680863603#.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2MARG8 View Post
    Get him a Beater Board by Catch Surf. www.catchsurf.com Great board. I have one for my 8 year old, it floats me as well. You can use it in front of a lifeguard stand as well.

    2MARG8
    Agreed, Catch Surf makes awesome boards for mini-groms.

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    Any board that is not pointy will do. But I've been using an
    8'6" with my 8 year old daughter. It's easier to get them to
    stand at first, if you let them stand on the board and wait for
    the wave while they lean on your head. Attached (hopefully) is
    a shot taken of us in Cape May last summer by a photographer
    for the "Vacationer Magazine".
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    Zippy - Your son is so stoked at the end of that video, that's awesome

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    Ha ha, thanks, yeah he was so excited. You can't see it in the video but there were a group of girls on the beach that started cheering for him . He was 6 in that video, he's 12 now.