Shinn 2016 Thread- the new spring release boards

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Mike B
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Hi All,

Welcome to the lowdown on the new Shinn boards. As many of you may have noticed the spring release is a bit late this year and there is a reason, for there have been some interesting developments within the company that have brought Mr Shinn more than his fair share of work over the winter.
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...and the big news is that Shinn have a new factory.
It’s no secret that the brand has always been focussed more on performance and quality than budget production - explaining why no Shinn board has ever come from the far east. After many years of looking, a home grown team from within the Shinn family came together to start something new... something different and once you have a look at what they are doing and how, actually pretty exciting. The result is a brand new state of the art factory with the latest, brand new machines that boast new technology, allowing different material usages, faster R&D production, better quality and direct control from within the facility. It's opening a lot of future avenues and a big step for the brand.

Such commitment to technological development in a brand that already commands a large proportion of leading tech in our industry could be regarded as overkill, but change always comes, so better to be on the proactive side of the fence. In addition, the new factory also brings the potential to develop all other aspects of kite board design and production in house, so potentially this is just the start of something very special in years to come.

Whilst all future production now comes from this new factory, we will continue with the current models of the Monk, Monkette, Ultrasonic and ADHD until September. As for all other models, we are proud to release the first of a new series of boards that start to tap into this new technology. In the posts that follow I'll go through them individually.

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- An all new Bronq line;

• The Bronq 'heritage' edition (effectively the Bronq V2) has been such a huge success for us that this technology has been refined and expanded to an extra smaller size within the all new main ‘Heritage’ range. Compared to last year - stronger with more range..
The Bronq was my favourite TT last year by some margin, and looking at the years sales figures we were stunned with how well this board was received. The kiteworld test was the final handshake, for a season that re-wrote the top end of mainstream boards. For those of you that have tried, it's light, but oddly for a carbon board it's supremely flexible, yet the carbon brings a fast spring to this flex, and with it plenty of power and feel. What you get is a fast, powerful ride with exceptional feel, in the smoothest, most controlled deck in the range.
From what I hear about the new factory's development it was possible to bring the weight down a lot further, but what they settled on was upping the strength, honing the flex, better controlling the way the board is pressed, increasing the quality of the cores (general Q/C), so what you get is the same board with better upwind, more range and more strength. I'd normally be worried that a big change like this has the potential to destroy a magic recipe, but I've seen shinn make solid unwavering progress with the Monk season after season, so I am not worried at all. There is a new 40 wide size, that I'm told is an old school boosting weapon, with not much difference to the 41 wide last year's board in terms of practicality, yet with control, grip and speed that makes it a worthy woo weapon. That's to be my new stick of the season...


• Alongside this main range there is also a women’s version, known as “Mrs’, in two bespoke sizes, designed for the lighter female riders, offering the mirror of the heritage line for lighter riders, much like the successful Toyboy / Monkette range. Again, the magic of more flex, more power, more control and more feel means the standard Bronq was running rings round the Monkette, so it would be very selfish not to do a ladies version, as it's ideal for lighter weight riders..


• An all new King Gee sized version - the ‘ XL’ variant. The technology has availed itself so well in the bigger sizes that this now pushes the boundaries of big twin tips way beyond what was possible with traditional construction. Obviously at this size and rocker it's a machine in light winds, but it's supposed to be a lot of fun. On the photoshoot Shinn was riding it on a decent day, with plenty of power and wind, in decent swell, and he had to be pretty mercenary with the shots. Most were of him wave riding hard, not really what the brochure needs to say, but that kind of sums up the King Gee's - big doesn't mean dull, so if you need size, you don't have to run to the size down with a sigh of relief when the wind picks up or conditions improve...

Below we have the 3 new Bronq's
- top is 'XL'
- middle 'Mrs'
- Bottom the new 'Heritage'
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- The new Pinbot;

Produced in the new factory it’s a new mould, with a new livery although the shape is very similar to the shape we had last year, though a new moulding process and new way of pressing means that the range has increased, the feel tightened and the soft, easy comfortable nature, maintained. The Pinbot is a jack of all trades, and really easy to ride in everything you'll come across. Turns well, goes upwind and boasts better range than nearly everything bar the King Gee's and XL. Carves well and takes a ton of power. It's also one of the best looking boards in the range if I'm honest. I was not 100% sold on the graphic when I first saw it, but I now love that red deck, and the base is really cool.
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The King Gee 'el Sol'

Returning for a new season, in new colours, together with an updated shape to bring more feel and fun into a board nicknamed 'the magic carpet' that has become the industry leader in the multi function XL twin tip. Gaining a new feel with better range from the new moulding process the Gee is famous for range with the ability to deal with the worst of water conditions and a rail that will deal with carving and power loading a long way past it's design remit.
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And now for where I though we wuld not be 3 years ago... FOILBOARDING.

Mark learned at the beginning of last year, and I started last autumn. I'd just mastered the box rule board and while the boxers are a bit of a fight (even when you can do it) they are cool, ripping around in winds that sectors struggle with.

Foiling is a whole different kettle of fish though. We were all beginners. All of us. Thrashed, humiliated, belittled... I remember distinctly having to go home in onshore winds after having failed to get up after 10 attempts before being blown back to the shallows. Think of it... you've been kiting for 167 years, learned on wipika classics, drive to the beach in ok conditions, with only a foilboard, and you have to come home without being able to get up because you are rubbish!
I loved it! ha ha ha

Third session i cracked it. And you know what - the more bicep you use to sort the situation out, the worse it gets. It's all technique and it's addictive. we both really like it. Shinn is not here to join the bandwagon, he's here to push the sport, but it's early days. The first problem - the board - he's pretty sure is cracked -
Especially exciting for us (as most Shinn riders are now actively foiling themselves and loving it) is our entry to the fast growing Hydro-foil market and our partnership with Zeeko allows us to bring you truly award winning foils at both competitive and premium price points. Shinn is not coming at the foil market without some considerable thought and strategy, so let us fill you in on our plans, firstly in the development of the multi - use foil board.

Unique to the industry we have developed a foil plate, a stiff platform that attaches to both foil and board. The foil plate allows us to produce boards with great flex for un compromised conventional riding and yet provide the stiffness required for great foil performance. This therefore has been pivotal to adaption of the Shinnster to foiling and the addition of the all new El Stubbo. Both these boards offer amazing conventional riding and are truly the best of both worlds; with and without a foil - a feature we believe is key in the riders buying decision. The plate also allows the rider to tune the foil position as their level improves.
On the foil side of things, Zeeko are proven to be right at the forefront of foil design in both the public domain and magazine tests and Shinn have teamed up with Zeeko. To keep things simple we offer the boards with fins alone, a foil pack (comprising the plate, 3x straps, footpads and all needed fixings) and then your choice of Carbon or Alu foil (supplied in a great padded case and complete with mini tool for assembly).

The Shinnster foil edition is every bit the same shinnster as sold so well last year, but with the stiffening plate you can use it perfectly well as a foil board. The 'El Stubbo' is something new that is great fun in shorter waves, punchy sections. Comparing the boards I've been told that the Shinnster is a kiteboard you can use for oiling and the Stubbo is a foilboard that you can use for kiteboarding.

I can't wait to have a crack at that stubbo without the foil. It looks like a lot of fun!
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The french foil test of last summer, just incase you wondered if there was a reason that Shinn chose Zeeko... Their alloy foil £650 and is only a fraction inferior to the carbon - mostly only in weight, and the speed difference (the thickness difference of the mast between alloy and carbon) is only detectable with gps on a session - it feels the same...

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Ooooo that Stubbo thing looks like the board I have been waiting for!
Can straps be fitted without the foil plate or do the bolts go through the board into it?
I really fancy a go on that with straps in the solent chop........
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nimo wrote:Ooooo that Stubbo thing looks like the board I have been waiting for!
Can straps be fitted without the foil plate or do the bolts go through the board into it?
I really fancy a go on that with straps in the solent chop........
Ha,
For a long time I begged mark to make something like this as I used to ride mutants. This is a bit wider and more nose rocker, but I agree it looks fun. Straps (front and rear), can be fitted without the baseplate, and it uses quad fins which are wake style and you can put bigger in if you feel the need.
Not sure if you can set it up as a twin strap yet.
First boards will be here end of next week, and Mark is flying over with his samples the week after next..
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I think I need one of those
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Mike B wrote:First boards will be here end of next week, and Mark is flying over with his samples the week after next..
In time for Luce? We have a wind forecast :-)
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Maybe...
we'll try!
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The new foilboard and foil vid from shinn...
using the zeeko foil;
http://www.ktwodistribution.com/shinn/hydrofoil

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ronnie
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Mike,

Is the foil plate kite retro-fittable to the original Shinnster?
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ronnie wrote:Mike,

Is the foil plate kit retro-fittable to the original Shinnster?
Edited - I meant kit - not kite.

I mean by drilling holes through the original Shinnster?
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by drilling holes, yes..
the wood core is very durable and I doubt you would see issues for a long time, you could line and seal them.
Takes 8 Holes, but you could do with 6..
If you go right through the board you'd need something neat on the deck so you didnt hurt your feet..
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