Advice needed on new board(s).. Shinn or others

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ichabod
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Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:33 pm

Hi all, having just snapped my old 2009 Shinn Twin I am in the market for a new board (or two). I ride mainly hooked, boosts and kiteloop based tricks. More recently unhooking a bit doing rolls and working on S-Bends but probably never going to be a serious unhooker. I ride the complete range of conditions really so finding it hard to pick a board and starting to think I should get two. Often I'll be in chop or waves in UK but on holidays I end up in flat lagoons.

I found a deal on a 2014 Monk which is tempting but unsure of sizing - I'm 66kg so according to Shinn on 2015 Monk Lover (cant find the 2014 chart) I should get 128x39 but seems small - my previous board was 132x40. Also, on flat water it seems a more freestyle focussed board would be better.. Im worried that the pop on the Monk is going to disappoint compared to the Shinn Twin I broke. Would it make sense to buy a small Monk for high wind and chop then a bigger freestyle for flat water or low wind? Or can I get away with just one board?

Any advice appreciated!

Thanks
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ichabod
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Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:44 pm

p.s. Also looking at some other boards for similar price - Xenon Laluz, Nobile NHP
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John.B
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Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:18 am

The 2014 Monk has more pop than the old Shinn Twin for sure and although not an out and out freestyle board there is plenty there for what you are doing. Also if you want to unhook on it then at your weight I'd go the 132x41 - you aren't going to ever find the top end on it and it will never feel harsh in chop.

All the Shinn range have comfort and even the Ultrasonic is never harsh in chop - it does feel stiffer than the Monk but there is more rail engaged and pushing back. There should be deals on the 2014 Ultrasonic 133x40 and this (as well as the 132 Monk) will cover all bases. I personally preferred the Ultrasonic over the 2014 Monk and I love to ride aggressive, fast, boost big and dabble with occasional unhooked... the unhooked pop on the US is astounding. When I got the US I also got a Speedball thinking I'd need that for waves, but as it turned out the US worked in all conditions.

The 132 Monk or the 133 US will cover you in all conditions and all situations - the Monk leans more towards fast, aggressive hooked in riding with a tad more comfort and a bit more ease than the US. The US will push back more when really powered but the edge release, stamp pop and unhooked really suited my style of riding and it would be the one I'd go for... now if you were asking me to choose between the 2015 Monk and the US then that'd be a whole other essay!

PS. I'm now on a Bronq 8)
ichabod
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Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:00 am

Thanks for the info John! Great that the Monk should pop better than my old board - I am suprised as my old one had squarer tips and not much rocker. The Ultrasonic looks nice but I can't find one as cheap as the Monk or NHP. However there are one or two older Supershinns and Players about which are an option.

I am still considering the 2013 or 2014 Nobile NHP as an alternative. I know the older ones had a ton of rocker but finding it hard to get info on what changes have been made over the years.. from photos it seems they may have toned down the rocker in more recent models?
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John.B
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Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:52 am

I've had a SuperShinn and really rated that board - the Street also was a great board for what your looking for. Are you sure there are no 2014 US on discount anywhere... don't go Player as very stiff and was prior to the CC rocker.

Pop can come from outline shape and rocker; however more recent boards flex totally differently and their response rate can give you better pop and in a better range of conditions i.e. not having to wait for flat water and able to use the rocker to carve/load/pop in crappier conditions.
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Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:54 pm

http://www.litewavekiteboards.com/kick-s.html

Litewave Kick-S is a great wakestyle alternative. Have a look. 3 stage rocker, built for boots or straps, single concave, channels, reasonable price.
Dantheman
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Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:37 pm

I started off on a 2012 Monk (132x41) and im 75kg. Now riding the 2014 ultrasonic 133 x40 and can only mirror what John has already said. The Monk is a brilliant board but the ultrasonic cetainly has the edge when it comes to pop and riding agressively. I've tried a few boards over the years but Shinn really know what they're doing and i guess thats the opinion of a few as more and more are cropping up at my local beaches, especially the monk!
Ice
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Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:45 am

If you were thinking mobile nhp then I would recommend the 50/50 instead. Awesome board. I had the shinster and tried the older monks and player I personally found the mobile 50/50 to be a nicer board I had the 2011 and then 2013 50/50 which I still use and love. It is a great board and very comfy I'm sure the newer ones have progressed more. But sure you could get a very cheap deal on a 2013/2014 one. Get the smaller wakestylefins on it though to make it switch better. I had nhp's the 50 is better.
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