Some kids are extreme, and they’re usually the ones who are most excited about getting behind a boat, whether it’s on skis or a tube—or even a wakeboard. Introducing a kid to wakeboarding early on can help develop a lot of other skills, but more importantly, it’s a great and easy way for them to have fun and bond with the water. It’s important that wakeboards fit for both size and weight, or getting a kid’s wakeboard really matters—they can’t usually fit on an adult wakeboard. Finding a kid’s wakeboard with bindings, plus the right size kid’s wakeboarding boots, are also both vital in making sure your kid has the best time possible experience out on the water. In fact, if the kid is really brand new, a kids wakeboarding package includes the board, bindings, boots, and a rope that’s the ideal length. As your kid improves, it’s easy to upgrade the board, too. Go for a Hyperlite kid’s wakeboard, or an O’Brien kid’s wakeboard, and they’ll really tear up the wake. And while it’s important for everyone out on the water no matter how old they are, it’s especially important that a kid wears a life vest any time they’re wakeboarding—not just for safety, but it also protects against water rash.