I'm a mom of 2 boys and so far I've been having too much fun riding this to let my kids take a turn! I have never surfed before so I can't say if this feels like surfing but i don't care because it's a blast.
First off, the box is really cool with how it opens. I was very surprised by the weight of the surf wheel when I took it out of the box.
Second, you need to download the app to change any settings. It starts in beginner mode so once you have it mastered you can hop on the app and adjust the settings. The app is really simple to navigate through.
Third, learning how to ride was an adjustment. I had to get acclimated to just stay balanced and then understand how shifting my body weight moves the surf wheel. I would suggest watching some YouTube videos to help. My basement is unfinished so I was able to test the waters there before taking to the sidewalk. Luckily we have had a break in the Cleveland weather so I could test this surfwheel outside. Being outside took a little adjustment since the sidewalks are not as smooth as my basement but it worked great after a few minutes.
This is a lot of fun as an adult and my kids are itching to try it out. I especially like the grip on the top of the surfwheel which really helps keep your feet planted. I think this is worth it with how much use/playtime I have already had with it. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]