some are below.
(I'll quote freely from the last post to save typing. It had great suggestions.)
"If she's gung-ho, then a river-running playboat or playboat."
I agree- she will learn more quickly because mistakes are mre readily felt. This is best if you get it in the fall and have all winter to get a strong roll.
" Below 45 gallons will be a more aggressive player for her, while more volume than that will be more stable.
Some examples specific to her size that are easiest to paddle are:
Wavesport - EZ, ZG 48, maybe the EZG 42 or 50, Siren"
EZG has been overall the favorite of these good choices. Its easier to roll and more forgiving.
"Jackson - 2Fun or Fun
Dagger - Kingpin 6.2 or Crazy 88 6.2"
Kingpin not the crazy 88 is the one here. Dont know the jacksons.
"*If she's REALLY gung-ho to learn play, go with a Liquid Logic Skip or the Jackson Classic Star. Easiest to throw down of any boats out there."
Skip is a GREAT boat, one daughters favorite but it is harder to roll than some of the above.
The older Perception Blaze 6.9 (with a seat pad) is also a great boat. Fun, easy to roll, stable,...
:If she's timid, then a straight up river runner or creeker is better. "
I'd add, also:
if the water is cold where you paddle,
If youy will push her on to class 3 runs quickly
or a few more ..
I'd also nix the full on creaker (too slow, heavy, unresponsive) and go for the river-runner instead.
"Here's some examples:
Pyranha - small Ammo, small Burn, Micro 230"
Of the 3, Ammo is becoming hugely popular with women that I see. Burn is also great. Any boat that comes in 3 sizes is worth a try.
"Dagger - Mamba 7.5 (maybe the 8.0)"
Mamba 7.5 is almost the automatic best choice of ALL the boats mentioned here.
The GT7.5 is older and good (Mamba is better though).
"Liquid Logic - Little Joe"
At 5'4" I 'd suggest the trigger instead- great boat.
"Wavesport - Diesel 65"
My wife at 5'9" is a good fit for the diesel and she is trying the seat pad in it too. Great boat but unless you wife's height is all in her torso, it is likely much too deep.
"Prijon - Creeker 225
Fluid - small Solo"
I'd avoid full on creakers.
If I had to pick two new ones,
Mamba 7.5 (RR-er),
EZG 42 (play)
Among older ones,
Blaze6.9 (riverrunner with some play)
But buy a seat pad first to have when she tries the boats out!
I'd also suggest that you keep repeating to yourself
"The point is to *have fun* not *instruct her*."