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sijandy
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Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:46 am

So what is it that makes these Shinn boards so good then? Never tried one but they seem to be really popular.
Si-Fly wrote:The monk is lighter at 3.560kg
What size? That's pretty heavy.
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John.B
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Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:47 am

sijandy wrote:So what is it that makes these Shinn boards so good then? Never tried one but they seem to be really popular.
Where they are designed and tested has a lot to do with it. Medano is no flat water heaven - it is windy, lumpy, gusty with has swell and chop. If it works there then chances are it will work or excel in UK and other conditions.

Mark is also super focussed on them - he 'only' does boards. There is no kites or other product lines to distract his thought processes and with his experience it means they work as intended - some might seem similar but they are hugely different.. He also listens to, reads about and appreciates the feedback from a whole range of riders - even normal ones like me... windy here (Medano) right now so I'm off to see what there is to play with ;-)
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Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:11 pm

sijandy wrote:So what is it that makes these Shinn boards so good then? Never tried one but they seem to be really popular.
I think Shinn have a different design philosophy when it comes to boards than other manufacturers. I also think that Mark Shinn is without any doubt one of the best twintip designers in the world, and is totally focused on just making the best boards. Construction is also excellent, I have totally hammered my Monk for 3 years and it is still in great condition.
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Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:12 pm

sijandy wrote:So what is it that makes these Shinn boards so good then? Never tried one but they seem to be really popular.
Si-Fly wrote:The monk is lighter at 3.560kg
What size? That's pretty heavy.
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A quick update... Went to Brean Sunday, choppy water, started on a nine. Wind increased then changed down to a 7 just as the wind dropped back down a bit!
Anyway sailed the ballistic back to back with the monk swapping boards every 20 mins or so.
Both boards ate the chop with the monk definitely the softer ride but I felt in more control on the ballistic as the pads straps locked you to the board far better.

I also found the large 57mm fins too grippy for sliding the board round and having fun... Probably good in the waves though.

I have now put an old set of liquid force pads on and swapped out the big fins for a set of 50mm one end and 40mm the other to see which I prefer.

If anyone wants to swap a set of the shinn 57mm fins for the 43mm let me know. [WHITE SMILING FACE]

Will let you know how the changes feel.

Cheers
Si.

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