I have two Tsunami SP's. I have had quite a few paddlers from 50lbs (my son) up to 130lbs (my nephew). They are great little boats and we are very happy with them. I considered a Raven but watching the kids play bumper boats and run them up on shore I'm glad I didn't. The cons, the thigh braces don't fit anyone from all the sizes I've had in these boats. The cockpits are way too big, I assume to keep lawyers happy since they are kids boats. The final verdict is from the kids though, they absolutely love their boats.
We also have two small (6 foot) SOT's. They are great for playing around the beach but are just about useless to take on an actual paddle (with tow line). For getting kids interested and having fun at the beach they are a home run at $99. Larger ones would obviously be a different story.
For paddles, we have a couple of the Canon Cascade Youth paddles. They were $50 each, 2 piece aluminum shafts and a good size. Since they are tough I don't care if they are digging sand with them.
We just paddle flat water with the kids so far. We're obviously not racing but my 10 year old daughter has no issue keeping pace with me in my full size sea kayak.
Angstrom had a good list up there, that Episea Greenland style one really catches my eye. If I ever see one in Canada I'll grab it for my wife to play with.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Touring Kayak Paddles
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