They are pretty hard to learn on but once you get them dialed it's pretty fun. You can ride rough water which is good for most public lakes.
I've been water skiing and wakeboarding my whole life and I couldn't get up the first twenty or so tries to save my life. On the other hand I've seen several incompetant water skiers do it without any problem.
"The size / dimensions don't matter. What does matter is that it's flammable. Because you should set it on fire and get a real surfboard" Witchipoo