The 2015 SHINN Thread, the new year starts!

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Mike B
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// Shinn 2015 //

Welcome to our 2015 thread....
....which marks the start of our new year's product. Traditionally this is the start of the 3 key hard core boards in the Shinn range, Monk, ADHD and Ultrasonic, and this years launch feature quite a bit of tweakage. The Monk and the Ultrasonic are in all new moulds, with the King Gee getting a new mould too whilst the the ADHD sees an outline and flex reshaping.


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These 4 new shapes are added to the entire range, the listing of which you'll find in the image below (apologies if it's a bit big, but it needs to be big enough to read) :-)

It's been a great year for Shinn in the UK. It's a brand that's always had a strong UK affinity, and justifiably so - we have some key shapes that are so well suited to our style of riding that once ridden it's hard to go back to many of the perfect condition boards we see in the industry today. As most of you already know, Mark Shinn is the UK's first world champion, and he's had no retirement - I dare say he's more involved in the sport now that he was back in his contest days. A keen eye and decades of technical knowledge within the sport has seen a number of landmark shapes, and while he produces some more niche shapes that bring much praise from the most dedicated styles there can be few in the industry that would say a bad word against the Monk. Personally, as a very mainstream TT rider, I've gone round the houses for many years with different designs, but the question always remains, for me personally, how does this compare to the Monk? It's a standout board of the last 4 years and deservedly so.

For the 2015 season, marked with the release of these 4 new designs, we've seen a sharpening of graphics (some of the best so far if I'm honest) and a continuation of the hard work that makes Mark's boards as popular as they are.

You'll find feedback on the early release boards in the 2014 thread - that's RED, Turbo, Toyboy, Phenomenal, Shinnster and Speedball in the 2014 thread in this link; http://www.kiteboarder.co.uk/kitesurfin ... 70&t=57689. For everything from here on out we'll be using this thread for feedback, opinions, tips, tricks and general banter. Welcome to a new year :-)

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// MONK - lover edition//

It's a new board....

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....which necessitates a sharp intake of breath, for the average monk rider doesn't like his favourite shape messed around with. Infact if there was one board in the range that's been poked prodded but ultimately left alone, the Monk is it. This is it's 5th year, and only it's second shape change, for 3 updates in the years past saw the R+D testing come up with nothing, and so the physical shape was left. Not this year though. This year we have a new mould, and a new outline, new flex and new graphics.

Hmmm... I'd like to say that I've ridden this board but this year things got the better of me and Mr Shinn's UK mid season audit passed me by, so i'm going to have to wait until the boards arrive in 10-14 days time. I know Shinn well enough that he doesn't meddle unless he improves, and so I have faith that the Monk is what he says it is. They've not made a mess yet, and been true to all their claims, but we'll see when the production boards land. My trusty 2014 132x41 is waiting for it's new upstart to arrive and i will test them both back to back.

Regarding graphics, well, my opinion doesnt really count for much as your all way to savvy to be swayed, but I like them both. I think it's the strongest and classiest so far. Known by two versions - both share the same deck, but 'Jungle Lover' is the gorilla, and 'Midnight Lover' the woman with the phone.

We've also got a new sneaker pad this year which looks like a stepped improvement. There is a lot I like about last years pad, and this new version looks like additions, not redesign, which is good from where I stand..

Lastly - for those of you who may not know the Monk or be reading this for the first time I should really give you an inkling for what it does and why people go on about it. It's an extraordinarily stable board under high power loadings. Water state matters not, and more than it's ability to hold high speed under supreme control, it's also extremely comfortable, and you can ride it flat out, hour after hour with very little physical stress. Hard carving, practical in range, good upwind, with total absence of spray in your face, huge jumping potential, and engaging ride and massive ability in all conditions its the one board that seems to do everything... The corner-stone of so many quivers around the world...

here is the link to the site; http://www.shinnworld.com/#!monk-lover-edition/c1vs7
some text below and some more pics for you.

What do you do when your board has been named Board of the Year 3 times in a row? Well, if you’re a Shinn you make sure you improve it, we want to win it again – 3 times is never enough!
In the biggest overhaul of the Monk since we first introduced it 5 years ago the Monk - Lover Edition features new moulds, new outlines and new sizing; but don’t worry, he may look like a completely new beast but set him free and you’ll soon feel familiar with his hooligan tendencies.
Masses of grip, phenomenal carving and laughably effortless handling of chop have become the hallmarks of the Monk and this new edition won’t disappoint as we’ve improved on each and every aspect of it’s character.
The only question to decide is Midnight Lover or Jungle Lover? Which type of a Monk are you?

- 129x39,
- 131x40,
- 133x41,
- 135x42,
- 137x44,

★ Awesome test winning performance
★ Sneaker 5 connection pack
★ All new SQ3 3D deck mould
★ Supplied with BITE fins
★ The original CC rocker line
★ 100% wood core
★ 2 year warranty



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Loving the orange...
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love it..orange is the new black!!
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// ADHD //

Refinements in 2015.

I fell in love with the ADHD when I first rode it last year, it was such a grippy board, held so much power and felt very alive without feeling nervous and twitchy. For unhooked carve pop it obviously excels. That extra rocker, those narrower and stiffer tips, just hook it around the corner, capable of creating huge amounts of bite for jumping. It doesn't have to be new-school unhooked either, you can take huge power with this board, keep your speed under control, and generate massive critical loadings on the lines as you send the kite. It's a great boosting board.
I'd also never have thought that so much rocker could be practical, the belley of the board sits on the ground with a set of 43's in, but it really is. Ive seen less rocker in many boards over the years that ride like slugs, but the ADHD has good get up and go, as well as medium power efficiency. That constant curve rocker is not only versatile for stance changes, but it's also extremely efficient, even with as much curve as this...

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In my eyes the ADHD is a unique board in the range - radically different to the Ultrasonic - who's rails feel like a knife, not moving an inch, whereas the the ADHD butters around underfoot and will hold more power with less demand on the rider. It's more like the Monk in many ways, but has way more carve pop that the Monk could ever hope to generate, hence it's so good as a freestyle weapon. The Monk by contrast is a lot happier at higher speeds and in rougher water - it takes less loading to push your cruising speeds higher, and at those speeds it feels like the Monk always has - the ability to keep accelerating without coming to a wall of resistance. The ADHD's rocker will top out - but that's fine. Unhooked freestyle doesn't happen at 30kts plus, and it's not the a monk 'pro', it's similar but undeniably different.

This years board sees a few small flex tweaks compared to last year's and a longer outline in the larger of the two boards, up to 140. Have a look at the shot below, it's a cracker. This is carve pop; look how much of a trench it digs, and how low the kite is.

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Here is the Shinn link to the main page;http://www.shinnworld.com/#!adhd-2015/c1dmf
..and the official shinn text with a few pics.

The ADHD burst onto the scene last year as the first wakestyle specific board from Shinn. Back for 2015 we’ve tweaked and tuned to give every rider what they need for riding behind a kite– speed, control and POP.
Slightly longer working rail lengths and some fine flex profile adjustments add together to deliver a refreshingly energetic ride in all conditions, not just the glassy perfection of butter smooth slicks.
If your looking to move up to riding in bindings or simply want to achieve your full wakestlye potential the ADHD will deliver day in day out.

• Test winning performance
• NEW Sneaker 5 connection pack
• Hydro Flo 2 grip enhancement
• Supplied with BITE 43mm fins
• Extended CC rocker
• Dedicated 6” Binding Inserts • Tested on kites and cables • 100% wood core • 2 Year Warranty

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// ULTRASONIC //

New Deck mould, new channels.

The Ultrasonic is the other side of the mainstream freestyle range and it's chalk and cheese compared to the ADHD. The flatter rocker and squarer tips deliver humbling levels of rail grip and bite. It grips and grips, never budging an inch sideways, coupled with a flatter rocker make it hugely efficient, and so you need generally less kite to make the whole thing work, and if you do up the power your legs have to be up for the challenge, for the board won't crab if you get tired.
Unhooked the pop comes from rail bite and then a stamped release, which is a singular style adopted by many riders. No less valid than the carving pop it's just a different way of achieving the same thing. The edgy, super efficient freeride potential of the board is also a standout in the range. It hammers upwind and goes earlier than the Monk, yet the CCrocker keep the sea out of you face still, and the control is constantly there, you just need the legs to harness it.

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This years board sees a the adoption of the SQ2 top mould, and the addition of the hydroflow channels. I've not had a chance to ride this yet, but will post up once I get one under my feet in a week or so's time.

Here is the Shinn link to the main page;http://www.ktwodistribution.com/shinn/b ... rasonic-v2
..and the official shinn text with a few pics.

The 2015 Ultrasonic benefits from yet another year of rigorous testing and development.
Taking cues from the ADHD we’ve added the Hydro Flo 2 tail conduits and the SQ2 top mould to suck even more POP from it’s POP and yet more grip from it’s edge.
No other twin on the market loads better for an un-hooked compression based take off whilst still maintaining it’s composure and control at hooked-in levels of power. The Ultrasonic adapts to your changing wants and needs for any conditions and any wind strength no matter what style you wish to ride in.
If you’re reluctant to fully commit to wakestyle yet want more performance than a X-over board can deliver then take a look at the Ultrasonic, you won’t be disappointed – ever.

• New outline for 2015
•New Sneaker 5 connection system
•Hydro Flo 2 Grip enhancement
•Supplied with BITE 53mm fins
•CC rocker, perfect ride in all conditions
•Dedicated 6” binding inserts
•SQ2 3D Top mould
•100% wood core
•2 year warranty

135 x 40,
136 x 41,
137 x 42,
138 x 44


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Naked woman on the phone. I think I would have to keep my board face down on the beach if there were kids about.
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// KING GEE //

New Deck mould, new flex pattern.

The Ging Gee has been the cornerstone of our demo weekends when the wind doesnt play. Unless you fancy a directional freerace board then there is no other way of getting out so early. If your now wanting to pour £1000 in to a bigger lightwind kite then this is a much cheaper way (and many say much more involving way) of riding with less wind.
Lower rocker than the rest of the shinn range, with far more size the King Gee gets you up and pointing with very low levels of kite power. It has the rails to push the big kites forward in the window and get you cranking upwind, but those tips smooth out all the noise and let you hold significantly large amounts of power. As a heavyweights board it's very good under load, not just a one trick barn door. I'll always have one of these in the demo fleet regardless. It's a great bit of kit.

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This years board sees a the adoption of the SQ2 top mould, it will be interesting to see how the shape has changed with the altering of the flex patterns. Last years board was so flexible in the tips, like amagic carpet ride, that it will be good to see how this new board feels.

Here is the Shinn link to the main page;http://www.shinnworld.com/#!king-gee-2015/c22q6
..and the official shinn text with a few pics.

King Gee is the enabler in the Shinn range, putting up a “can do” attitude when others aren’t even heading for the beach. Here at Shinnworld we’re always thirsty for a ride but mowing the lawn won’t quench it. We need a board to perform with, whatever the conditions, light winds included.
Using the SQ2 Top mould first seen on the ADHD has allowed us to refine the flex profile to achieve what was previously considered impossible – incredible wind range in such an efficient deck.
Don’t confuse Gee with your bathroom door, he truly is a step forward in “less than” ultimate conditions enhancement.
If you’re looking for versatility and performance in an XL package but aren’t prepared to give up on fun factor there really is no other choice.

• Amazing lightwind performance
• NEW Sneaker 5 connection pack
• SQ2, 3-D top mould
• Supplied with BITE 53mm fins
• Efficiency optimized rocker
• Lightwind and still fun
• 100% wood core
• 2 Year warranty

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// SNEAKER 5 //

New footbed mould, new colours.

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A new updated sneaker set for this year, and a new handle. The Sneakers get a new footbed with toe and heel ridges. Footpacks are such a personal thing. One person's heaven is another person's hell. In 10 years I don;t think I have seen one pad and strap set that has ticked everyone's boxes, and I expect I never will, but the shinn straps, for me personally, started a bit soft in the early days but now they are grippy wen you want it, soft enough, and you can also get rid of when you need to.

They may be the 5th generation of our legendary connection sets but the Sneaker 5 is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.
Rather than trying to re-invent the wheel we took a long hard look at the things we wanted to keep and found new ways to integrate some awesome new features.
It may seem intuitive but the positioning of the all new toe ridge proved tricky to define but nail it we have, providing a mountain of grip when you wanna be locked into the straps yet no barrier to your exit when things get hot and you need to leave in a hurry. Likewise the new heel cupping secures your feet giving re-assuring leverage when you need it yet doesn’t impair movement during your wilder rides.
If you want comfort, lightweight, adjustability and control all in one package then the Sneaker 5 really will fit the bill (and your feet!).

The Sneaker 5 set includes 2 x pads, 2 x straps, handle and fixing hardware.

• New 3D Heel shaping
• New Ergonomic heel ridge
• Micro-buckle adjustment system
• Memory foam for customised fit
• Adjustable stance ducking
• Zoned traction

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ronnie
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It's a mystery to me why they don't match the 3 slots in the pad with 3 slots in the strap - then you could adjust the width as well.
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Can you clarify about the King Gee:

- last year it add "SQ2 deck mould"
- this year it has "SQ2 top mould"

Isn't that the same thing?

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The new pads are awesome. I struggle with a lot of pads and straps with narrow feet - these offer grip without being cinched tourniquet tight and stay locked enough for unhooked stuff yet still easy to get in/out for board offs.
Mike B
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And....
what are the conditions like?
done much testing yet?
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Been on them all now. The ADHD is still super smooth - lots of explosive carve pop, glides over crappy water and never gets bent out of shape landing even if off kilter. Won't make it ride any better but the graphics are killer.

The Ultrasonic has even more grip and you can stamp it for explosive pop and a crisp release - hooked or unhooked. There is a chap out here with a demo ADHD from Boardworx - big guy looking to replace a Nobile 50/50. He thought the ADHD was similar and had better pop until I told him to stomp the tail of the US and redirect fast... If you ride hard and don't want ultimate kite low unhooked carve pop then the US is well worth a try.

The Monk's true test comes in the next few days as it is to pick up. So far I really like it - more composed and extremely quick through the water but not slippy fast like the old version. The previous version you can sometimes feel like a passenger along for the ride (whooping and hollering as you go) but with this you are definitely in the driving seat. Lots of control and the speed make it quite good unhooked... better than before. It also seems to go much further upwind than you expect and with considerable speed - some boards you have to be deliberate but this just gets there very easily and quickly.

It seems to have grown up, but better for it - not as 'safe' as the Turbo and I have a feeling if you take it to a party it will still do Jaeger Bombs, bust out some moves then piss in the potted plants... I'll let you know.
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Sounds good for the Monk.. Can't wait for mine to turn up!
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