Haha, I'm in the same boat right now. I've been shopping hard for a board for my 8 year old boy, sticks for mom, and working on talking my 10 year girl into a board (over skis). I've just been looking for a board they will like to look at, found the boy a Star Wars Burton, haven't found one yet for the girl. I know for sure I'm only shopping for used for the first season. That's probably my best tip in this rambling post.