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 differenceThe 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. 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. 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.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.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.
*************** Specialist boardsKing 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.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!
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.pdfSUPERshinnT
here 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.I
t'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...?W
ell, 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.W
hile 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.T
here 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.F
rom 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 - 51http://www.supershinn.com