Your kid won't become traumatized by a lunatuc sailing instructor screaming at her during sailing camp. It's just a about fun.
Versatility is the name of the game. You can throw multiple boards on the roof of your car, so they're easy to transport. You can paddle them on rivers, lakes, bays and the ocean. You can go surfing. You can practice your asanas on them. You can fish from them. You can even put a mast on one and go windsurfing. Clean up is a snap!
The VW Bus, which you can never confuse with the hideous Vanagon. I owned one for a couple of years. It was easy to drive, had great capacity, and loved to rust. God bless you old girl, wherever you are.