Saw some threads about how people shouldnt buy soft top boards etc. Well a week ago a soft top foam board changed my 8 year old daughters life. Here's the first wave I ever pushed her into, first wave ever, and I would be willing to bet she's got more style than half the guys on the site who are riding $700 Merricks, but at least they have real boards.

Kams First Wave by jblacks, on Flickr
My daughter never fell she just laid back down, turned the board around and started paddling back to me. MY 8 year had one complaint about the 6' waterlogged rubber fin soft top she was riding though, she said she tried to turn it like her Sector Nine skateboard, but the board wouldnt turn.

Long live soft tops.