Got this for my 9yo and 11yo to progress from bodyboarding to "proper" surfing. It is 'only' 7ft so not really big enough for normal adults to learn with - though I plan on giving it a try if the kids will let me near it
First trip out was in flat water and I thought it would be pointless - it would be with bodyboards - but they spent ages just learning to move around, get their balance and messing about - in the end they spent 2 full days playing in flat water and had a whale of a time. In waves it is easy to paddle out (a concern for kids with bigger foamies) and fairly forgiving
For such a cheap board it is well put together, nicely finished from decent materials. It has seen a fair bit of dragging around on the beach / roof bars and only picked up minor marks - it is a foamie after all. I love the bright orange colour because I can see them from miles away but it isn't exactly "cool"
One concern is that when travelling with it on the roof it flutters and bends at speed - so far I have not ventured over 60mph with 18" of front overhand - it might be fine but it obviously lacks the strength of a glass coated board. It isn't huge so will go inside many cars if that is a concern for you
Dries quite slowly