Every kid from 5 years old and up got up on their 1st try. The younger ones just had a little trouble getting the rope off the hook. The great thing is that this board made their 1st experience a success! For older and more advance sliders the board will allow you to throw a wall of water because of the built in fins, but it is tough to hang on to the rope when you cut hard. It is a great starter board but for advanced rider the board rides low in the water and hanging on to the rope will take more effort and will tire you out faster.