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SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:17 pm

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Full Shinn Range pdf guide : http://www.ktwodistribution.com/Ktwo/misc/Shinn%20dealers%20PDF%20webuse.pdf

Welcome to Kiteboarder's Shinn thread.

I'd like to think that over the past few years many of the the members of our forum have visited this page, and it's been engaging to read all the discussions, enthusiasm and chat through the many months. It's also good to see the brand doing so well here in it's home waters of the UK, and while Mark (Shinn) himself can take the most credit for his recent designs, it is also falls to me to thank all of you for reading, testing, enthusing and spreading the word about this cult brand to all who care to listen. So, to all of you who have read, demo'ed, contributed and now perhaps even own a Shinn board, I thank you all.

For those of you new to the brand, I feel a brief intro is in order, for it's all well and good assuming that everyone knows our history, but the ranks of kitesurfers are growing weekly and not everyone knows where we came from, so here's a quick lowdown; Mark Shinn is a professional Kiteboarder, starting his career back when the sport first started in 1998. By 2002 he was double world champion, the leading rider in our sport for two solid seasons. After this, Mark started to push his knowledge and experience towards design, working with Naish and the heading Nobile before starting his own company in 2009. He's been at the helm of a great deal of progress within the kiteboarding industry over the years.

So, why the new thread? Aside the fact the other thread is getting very long, we have a new board due into the UK in a week or so's time, so now is as good a time as any to start what will be the new year's thread. Unlike many brands Shinn does not have a grand launch, changing all product at one point in the year. We release a new equipment as the year progresses, normally holding one model for at least 12 months before upgrading or updating. Right now we are turning out attention to the freestyle twins, the original boards being launched this time last year. The current freeride and wave boards will not be changing until next year.

As this thread grows I will be listing an index below so you can find all the feedback as it accumulates, for this thread is written by you for each other. My history with the forum and the products I represent is based very much around neutrality, and while I will express opinions, they will only be the truth, for recommending something that is not ahead of the curve is no way to encourage future trust, or build the successful brands that we want to be a part of.. After all, mediocrity is a crime :wink:

here's to 2012!

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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:57 pm

I've come back to this post, from the end of the thread as it's time I introduced the new models for those of you who are reading this for the first time. We are now into the 2012 season, new models are out, new tech is with us and to introduce the range I'd like to share this brief guide;

Shinn - A guide...

The Shinn range has grown over the last few months and here is a guide to the current mainstream range as it currently stands.. These main boards all share a very similar constrant curve rocker, which has brought so much praise to the range as a whole since it's introduction on the first Monk. As such the boards have a similar feel and the common traits the boards are known for remain true throughout every board;

- NO spray in the face
- Incredibly low back foot loading (you can ride these things with twice as much power for twice the time compared to most other TT's)
- Sublime behaviour in chop and high power conditions; the nastier it gets the more these boards feel at home (and comfortable where other boards are almost impossible to ride).
- Excellent efficiency - partly to do with the CC rocker these boards have excellent range (getting going easily and retaining huge stability under critical load)

So within this platform there are a number of different boards who are tuned to excell in different styles. As a rough guide this is the difference

The Supershinn
This the the easiest board for freestyle in the range - it provides huge pop for very little commitment and still remains easy and compliant in harsh conditions. If you spend a lot of time unhooked and appreciate height without using the kite then the Supershinn is the board to have.
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The Street
A new board in 2012 the street is the only board in the range to be sold without straps and fins.. It's prices lower as it is supplied as the bare deck only.. As for it's performance on the water it has comparable pop to the Supershinn for unhooked freestyle (some say more when pushed hard and less when pushed lightly) so holds it's head high with the hardcore freestylers. That said it is also a bit more versatile at high speed and general freeride blasting around.
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The Monk
The board that started it all. The monk was the original CC rockered board and the inspiration for all of the boards in the range. It's forte is higher power riding. Wether flat or hideously choppy yopu will find no board as easy to control speed on as the monk. It's incredible in the carve too, and many have come to call it the "hooligan" for it allows you to charge around at full speed in total control and comfort for hour after hour. Last year we tried to make it better at what it does, but we could not; it really is one of a kind.
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The Dundee
This is a new board for 2012. It's a freeride masterpiece. If smooth, progressive and controlled riding is your forte then you will love the Dundee. It's effortlessly smooth and balanced. Has excellent poise, balance, feedback and is very progressive in handling. If your style is not based solely in high power or freestyle then we think that the Dundee is the standout board in the range. Freeride is not another word for intermediate - it's a discipline and board praised by some of the highest level riders, and the Dundee is one of the smoothest yet most capable boards we have ever seen. Lots of efficiency, lots of control and feedback that lets your riding ooze confidence.


The Gintronic
A super easy and very compliant board that has both ease in chop and rough water together with superior upwind ability and early planing. It makes riding very easy, with plenty of mid range drive for upwind ability and glide when power is interrupted. It's the easiest of all the boards, and the most effective for those who want a trusting and dependable board in difficult and harsh conditions, as well as a board that will forgive mistakes that other will not.. This board has enough of the others DNA to make it still capable in the hands of the expert, and many do not feel the need to ever change the Gintronic, for it grips, pops and powers perfectly well enough for all but the aggressively aspirational.
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The Toyboy
This is the Ladies board in the range. Based around the Monk template it shares the same handling characteristics, for lighter weight riders thrive on the levels of control that this platform offers. Smooth, balanced and easy you can control power and sea states at far in excess of anything we have seen so far which is a holy grail for lighter riders. It's had hugely positive feedback and a legion of supporters who refuse to use anything else.
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*************** Specialist boards

King George III
The lightwind and heavyweights board - it uses a more efficient 3 step rocker and soft tips of control in high load situations. Ideal for range in a board that is very wide, planing very early and also being able to hold a good dollop of power.
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Master Jack
Our Youth's board. Small sizes, smaller deck mould, capable of taking plenty of aggression, but also giving plenty of control for the light but enthuisiatic riding style of those who stay beginners for just days!


Waterbird
This is a twin tip style skimboard. Flat and efficient it rides strapless and will pane in very little wind, yet hold monstrous amounts of power. It has quite a talent for shooting water up your nose, so not a board to be used by those who like to stay dry!
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Here is shinn's own PDF guide to the range - quick to download - click on the link below....

http://www.ktwodistribution.com/Ktwo/misc/Shinn%20dealers%20PDF%20webuse.pdf


SUPERshinn

There has been some chat lately about a new shinn board, and today all the details are released. It's called the SUPERshinn, and it's the Flagship freestyle board in the range. Over the past seasons we have looked at the cutting edge of freestyle design, an engaging and worthy subject for our double world champion commander in chief who spent many years at the forefront of the discipline. As such the Player was conceived as a no holes barred contest board. maximum pop, maximum expert potential for pulling off the freestyle move, and in this it was superb. For the mainstream riders however it was extreme, and while it softened in it's second generation the success of the monk really put into perspective where the next step of the technology should go.

It's all well and good if you have the luxury of a contest board for perfect conditions, on days when you fancy a freestyle session, but for many this is a long way from reality. So is there a way to build what so many liked in the handling, comfort, range and all conditions conquering ability of the Monk into a board that can push freestyle further than even the Player managed...?

Well, yes.. but maybe that's a biased view, because honestly, I was never good enough to get from the Player all that was possible. But I can say this; my mainstream freestyle standard is far, far better on the SUPERshinn than it ever was on the Player, and not only that but the new board is 95% of what brought a smile to my face when stood on the Monk in between landing and the next pop.

While based on the Monk's chassis, sharing the same deck mould, concave, rocker and core materials, the SUPERshinn has a more freestyle oriented outline, is longer per width, has the option of a wider stance, but most importantly has a new hull shaping which radically effects the way the tip flex works. As a result the new boards have a TON of pop. It's a relative pop monster. In this you will notice a big difference over the Monk. Load and release at medium speeds and you will go way higher than the Player or any of the mainstream boards I have used.

That is it in a nutshell. A board vastly superior to the Monk in pop and landing, that retains 95% of it's ability and character in between.

There is one question that I'm pretty sure I will be asked many times over the coming year, so I'll pre-empt it here. Should I consider a Monk when I can buy a SUPERshinn? It's a good question, but one that can be answered very simply. If your riding is polarising towards freestyle then yoiu have to get the SS. If you unhook occasionally, but spend most of your time hooked, and forsee no change to your style, then go Monk. It's may be 95% the monk, but the old girl is still holds slightly better control at the absolute ragged edge, and she has a more progressive carve.

That said, like the Gin, Luigi and Monk the SUPERshinn, each is so very easy and comfortable to ride for hour after hour, something unique to the latest shinn CC rockers, but the pop out of her is something else.

From a technical viewpoint, the four things that are radically new to what you know of the current Shinn range are;
- Hyrdro-flo tip channeling
- New 43mm Fins
- New Sneaker S footstrap - pad combos
- two colour choices, Black deck or Blue deck.

Size + Stance
134 x 40 + 46 - 51
135 x 41 + 46 - 51
136 x 42 + 46 - 51
137 x 44 + 46 - 51



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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby John.B » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:44 am

135 in blue! Cannot wait to get this on the water.

If I was looking for a custom board then this pretty much would have fit the bill for what I would have been looking for? Nice to know all the feedback from people is listened to and incorporated into the model range.

If the Monk is the equivalent of the Mk1 Golf GTi to kiteboards then what is the SS going to be?
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:29 am

John.B wrote:If the Monk is the equivalent of the Mk1 Golf GTi to kiteboards then what is the SS going to be?


hopefully not the MKII golf, that was a brick by comparison!

I'd say the SS is a cross between a circus act and an airplane ;-)
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby valdez » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:57 am

Hey John,
does this equation work??

Blade Primes 2012 + Supershinn = credit card hit!! :)
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby John.B » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:53 pm

valdez wrote:Hey John, does this equation work?? Blade Primes 2012 + Supershinn = credit card hit!! :)


More like a hit in the nuts from the wife! The 132 Monk is for sale - check the For Sale section so hopefully that will limit the damage.

My usual review to follow as soon as I get the SS on the water. Is it weird to be this excited over a piece of equipment as I really cannot wait for this board to arrive? Weirdo/Anorak/Geek.... Child well you can't put a price (from the other thread) on feeling like this and I very much doubt golfers get it ;)
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby valdez » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:22 pm

Def on my new toy list, time to clear out the van and early prezzie for me!
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:02 am

Couple more pictures and the tip tech;
part of the key to the pop..

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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby John.B » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:09 am

It's not pictures we want. It's boards ;)

I have been all over the new site several times. How does the new sneaker system attach and is there plenty of scope to duck it out?
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby waverider » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:49 pm

John.B wrote:It's not pictures we want. It's boards ;)


Ahh, bless-him. I love the enthusiasm.

Mike, the graphics are fabulous. Not that I would buy a board for graphics, I hated the graphics on most boards I had. The hairy-one was bit weird though the top-sheet was nice, all the Shinn graphics are good but that SuperShinn looks class and I hope the product gets the attention it deserves.

It wasn't that long ago I was comparing some boards to hastily cobbled-together bits of builders ply, in hind-site and since riding Shinn boards, I'm happy with the comment I made.
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SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:08 am

Will reply more when I get back to the office, but it looks like shipping on Monday :-)
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby fdvj » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:12 am

What shinn has camo on the bottom?
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:59 pm

That is a question i can answer later this week,
care to hazard a guess?
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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

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Re: SHINN - The new thread......

Postby Mike B » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:03 am

Hmm..
That's the beach in Holland where Mark's business partner lives,
it might well be...?!
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