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Pippi Langsamer
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Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:59 pm

Si-Fly wrote:I didn't ask about sub 15 [WINKING FACE]

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Si-Fly
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Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:56 pm

No worries... Cheers for your help [WHITE SMILING FACE]

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Si-Fly
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:27 pm

Board arrived today, and in pretty good condition, BUT the first thing I noticed was its PINK!!!! Looked at the pics on my phone and never noticed ....oh well need to find my feminine side [WINKING FACE]

If anyone is interested I compared its shape to the blank force ballistic carbon which I love but now find a bit big at speed.

They are both very similar, the main difference is the monk is a lot softer with 10mm narrower tips and less concave (2-3mm) which stops before the fins. The ballistic concave (4mm) is pretty constant from tip to tip.
The rocker from tip to middle is approx 40mm on both boards.
The monk is lighter at 3.560kg compared to 3.675kg blankforce.

Just need to get the monk on the water and see how it goes.

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Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:49 pm

I don't know si pink will look good on ya ,do you still get out at burnham? haven't been down for about 5 years now been heading to Exmouth and Wales coming down at easter do you still live highbridge way?
Hope to catcha sometime Steve(white motorhome)
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:53 pm

Hi Steve, Yep was at Burnham last week, muds gone after all the storms [WHITE SMILING FACE] If you fancy a trip down.
Hopefully going to Exmouth tomorrow am SE 20-26 mph and sunny forecast so should get to try the monk.
See you sometime,
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:50 pm

Have a good one tom,no mud at Burnham blimey :shock: give you a shout next time I'm down.
Cheers Steve
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:53 pm

WTF, the pics you posted initially quite clearly show it as raging PINK!!!

Embrace it! "It's society's crime, not ours!" LOL!
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:26 pm

Pink is growing on me now, really didn't notice before with phone screen dulled right down... Just looked cream!

Just hope the wind blows tomorrow for a test [WHITE SMILING FACE]

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Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:36 pm

Si-Fly wrote:I am now around 82kg and looking for a fast board over chop with a roundish outline and bit of rocker for powered riding with small kites <9m
I would like a bit of flex, but not too soft!
Yup, that's exactly the Monk. Tune it with fin size according to your preference for feel (I always found the 53's gave it a good deal of stability at the ragged edge and through carves without being sticky). The Monk forever is a bit better in light winds and the 134x42, 136x44 are notieably better for the heavier riders, but at your weight / size / style the original or forever versions will do you proud for what you need.
The 132 is your best size - compliant, effortless, and ridiculous speed for the amount of abuse your body feels. Rougher it gets the more it starts pulling ahead of other boards.
If you are a total mentalist it's possible to use 130x40 at your weight, you'll suffer a bit of upwind light + wind compromise, but on full power you'll be a guided missile.
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:37 pm

Si-Fly wrote:Pink is growing on me now
Pink is rare, really rare :-)
also noticed on the pics that it has 57mm fins on..
http://www.ktwodistribution.com/shinn/a ... s/57mm-fin
they are big - will lock it down, but you may have issue changing stance..
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:29 pm

Hi Mike, tried board today at Exmouth, bit tricky to get a real feel for the board as it was flat/chop with a 12m in light winds with the power coming from the strong tide.
The board felt comfortable and smooth, but took a bit of getting used to pads/ straps and stance was set wider than I'm used to.
Board was similar to ballistic but had less back leg burn and less low end drive.
Think I might change the fins for smaller ones, as I prefer a looser feel.
Overall it was a nice ride and looking forward to using in higher winds.
Si.

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Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:40 pm

Monk takes a bit of getting used to, it likes to be ridden with a slightly different weight distribution - more even between front and back leg. I think that is true of Shinn boards in general. Once you get used to it you probably wont want to ride any other board :-)
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:44 pm

Was only doing shortish runs across the estuary, but no back leg burn at all, even when holding speed across mid channel chop. The ballistic also eats chop at speed but you have to be aggressive as its a stiffer carbon board, and that burns the back leg on longer runs!
The monk does feel good with even leg pressure though.
Think I'll move straps to narrow setting and see how that feels.
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:07 pm

The pink is ace :-D I bought the same model as yours a year ago or so and wanted the pink but they didn't have. Had to settle for the white n green. Actually ended up trading-up thru Mike B to the Forever as I was concerned about the size for me (I initially bought the same size as you). All good :-D
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Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:22 am

I was chatting to a guy at Exmouth parked next to us, he had the 134 forever and absolutely loved it, said he had had a few boards and this was the best by miles. He was lighter than me as well and out on a 9m...we had similar speed in the conditions... I always find it strange when you sail out the current and the kite nearly drops, yet crawl a few yards into the flow and you blasting [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]
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