ob1857 wrote:Just to add my opinion. I was riding a North X-Ride 136cm before I decided to upgrade to the New Monk Forever. Might I say it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am just over 80kgs and about 5'11". I decided to go for the 132cm Monk Forever and I have never had a problem with getting up even in light wind. I too was a little unsure with going so small in length in comparision to my previous boards but the advice that Mike and Richie gave me was spot on!!!
The board is quite simple amazing. Awesomely smooth even in the most choppy conditions, brilliant pop, soft landings the list goes on.
Excellent board with excellent service!!!!
TheOtherGuy wrote:Took the MF out for its first session today and very impressed with the board. After talking to Mark, my local distributor and Shinn USA I went with the 134/42 sizing. Conditions were average chop and very patchy/gusty wind. It took me a little while to get dialed into the board but once the memory foam had compressed a bit and I realised just how hard it was to make the board break out it really began to shine. Especially in the gusts it amazed me how I could just keep pushing more weight through the heel and it would just stay locked to the water. Cliche as it sounds, between the pads and the the board it really did feel like it was "on rails" even at high speed. Really smooth ride through the chop and feels very 'planted' in the landings. And they're not kidding about the non-spray tips, didn't experience any spray at all. Nice change from my old board which left my sinuses sparkling clean after every session! And to top it off I really like the retro styling too. Initially I wondered if the board could really measure up to all the hype but it really does seem to. Looks like the only weak link in the system now is me!
Kiteforum wrote:Got my 135x44 sent to Taiwan just in time for Xmas thanks to my dealer's help, so off to the beach today 28 gusting 35 knots (measured), shoulder height fun waves, 90Kg rider, on North Rebel 5m. The board is way beyond my expectations!
It has so many standout features - I've never been on a board that does so many things so well. Fast, great upwind, spray in face non existent, beautiful in the flats, chop and on wave. No hint of pearling even on steep wave. The standout is the ability to glide on the wave face on wave power, so it keeps speed up to bottom turn or do stuff on the wave face like nothing else I've tried before (that includes the Mako 150). It turns, slashes and rips in every conceivable combination on wave face - it felt like an extension of my body. Rail to rail, long drawn front foot bottom turns or snappy back foot turns, fast or slow - it all comes effortlessly. Sliding by flattening out the board was super easy and never caught an edge. Pop was enough for my needs. Landings from jumps were super smooth. Schlogging slowly waiting to catch the wave was very comfortable and acceleration to catch it if I was late was excellent.
Gusts measured at 35 knots, the board never felt big at all - I think the size vs. weight list on the Shinn website really are the right combos, even if they look unusual.
Straps and pads excellent as noted on other Shinn reviews.
Overall I think this is a really well thought piece of kit, with each little bit of the board working well to deliver a ton of fun and performance over a very wide range of conditions. Thank you Santa!
shinn wrote:Meet a superstar
Solid - manoeuvrable & swift
The board that goes everywhere, Dundee’s fame is built around it’s easy control and comfortable use, but it’s not afraid to show it’s teeth when pushed. Shorter and wider than comparable boards Dundee laps up waves, rips huge air and relishes in high speed carving – and all in conditions other boards would stutter in. "An ultra tolerant board which inspires great confidence from it’s user, whatever the conditions Dundee will surprise you time and time again."
shinn wrote:SPEEDBALL - Game changer
Outside the box; created to make freeriding more dynamic than it’s ever been before. (Every once in a while a revolution comes along... ) Speedball doesn’t fit into any other category of twin tip. Maybe better to ask what it’s not, it’s not limited to one riding style, it’s not limited to a certain wind range and it won’t disappoint you no matter what day you ride it. Speedball is not just a game changer, it’s a whole new way of looking at the water. “This one is the new kryptonite, yes, try it before you buy it if you like, but buy it you will... I did””
shinn wrote:RED - Less is more
Who needs the fancy Shinn-y designs. RED is our new super all-rounder; designed as a do everything, RED will take you everywhere, anytime. If you want to think about your riding and not your board this is the one. Capable of super carved turns and easy effortless upwind even in the choppiest of conditions, it’s a highly adaptable tool that will love your local spot. Nothing beats the feeling of constant, fast progression. RED, spare me the drama!
shinn wrote:Ladies first - Performance in disguise
Coming back for it’s 3rd incarnation, the Toyboy shamelessly shares the Monk’s secret genetic code. Quietly going about it’s business of being the hardest carving, easiest popping and sweetest looking board on the market the Toyboy will put a smile on your face in even the craziest conditions. Not a cut down nor cast off board from the men, the Toyboy may be the most relevant thing to come to ladies kiteboarding this year. Ladies beware, this Toyboy might become your groom!
shinn wrote:Phenomenal Ear-to-ear grin ahead
We’ve never been afraid to listen to you ladies so at your request we’ve developed a second board just for the chicas. Utilizing hydroflo technology first seen on the Supershinn, Phenomenal is equally at home with straps or bindings and generates a simply ridiculous amount of POP to help you nail those moves. Is it cheating or legalized performance enhancing, we’re not sure but if you’re a woman and like to ride hard this is the one for you.
shinn wrote:Controlled Supremacy - An instant standard in freestyle performance.
Speed, control, Pop, grip, drive.... only one board can deliver it all. After bursting onto the scene last year the New Supershinn refines what it's predecessor started. Not just for the accomplished freestyler; this ride offers accessible performance in the harshest conditions and buttery perfection alike. Wakestyle or freestyle, the Supershinn breaks the rules and opens new doors for riders to push themselves and their limits.
John.B wrote: no dry suit required but might be too cold for the short sleeve rash vest!
Seraphial wrote:I suppose the question for me is (and I know you said you still have to try it) - what does it do that a MF/Dundee can't? My original Monk does a lot of things very well...so how does it sit against them?
Also, you mentioned the Dundee is more of a graphical change, but are there any changes in construction at all?
Seraphial wrote:Also, you mentioned the Dundee is more of a graphical change, but are there any changes in construction at all?
shinn wrote:No changes at all sir. Same board, shape and construction.
I did make new proto boards but then realized it was losing it's Dundee-ness and back tracked
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