Shinn Monk X
£609.00 – £768.00
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Shinn Monk X
Crisp and sharp performance in an industry leading package that combines unbelievable chop handling, amazing carving, and an outstandingly easy, comfortable ride.
With the Monk X, we bring you a board that can grip, rip and slash without causing your knees and back to pay the price for it. Utilizing our unique multi-ridge/concave base design and exclusive Fan tail Exhaust tips every feature of the Monk has been designed to redirect the water flow as smoothly and efficiently as possible creating a deck where the dynamic flex pattern can function with the hydro-dynamics – not against.
The Shinn Monk Prismatic is crisp and sharp in an industry leading package that combines unbelievable chop handling, amazing carving and an outstandingly easy, comfortable ride, delivering you a board that can grip, rip and slash without causing your knees and back to pay the price for it.
A freeride boards performance is equally important as a freestyle deck, the Monk Chromatic delivers more grip, more drive and more POP yet softer landings, same comfort and same chop handling.
Normal channels create drag by redirecting the water traveling across the board but on the Monk, Shinn have maximised the efficiency by encouraging the flow through the critical areas rather than forcibly redirecting it all the while paying close attention to the dynamic flex profile ensuring that the comfort and control elements are not sacrificed.
If you’re idea of kiteboarding is ripping, gouging and all round high speed fun then look no further. The ultimate board that revels in all conditions and somewhat ironically improves exponentially as the conditions deteriorate – when it comes to outright enjoyment, no matter what, no other board even comes close.
There are a number of things that make the Shinn Monk X Prismatic ride so well:
No spray, ever, no matter how choppy, no matter what your stance is, what your carving position, where you place your pads; it’s gone, completely. The Monk has cured it using only limited rocker curve, so it’s still efficient with a wide windrange.
The flex, grip and ease of the monk makes it a total joy in chop. Whether you are riding in 6 metre kite conditions, the Monk makes it easy, relaxed and fun.
It’s a board that you can push to the ragged edge of control, without ever feeling nervous or hesitant. The first thing to come unstuck is never your stance or balance!
Every twin suffers from back foot loading, but some twins have to be ridden with excessive back foot pressure, either to stop the nose from burying when things get out of shape, or to stop you getting spray in your face. The Monk is a joy, it feels so solid underfoot that you can shift you weight around a great deal – even 50-50 when you are tired. Ride it hour after hour and your sessions will be so much fun!
Toeside carving on a twin is always going to be tenuous. Heelside carving is better than many directional boards. Not only does it grip through the turn, without ever feeling like it’s going to pop out (the more you push the deeper into the water it sinks), but it stores so much speed – when you come out of the most aggressive of carves you are still really travelling. It’s incredible round corners.
The rocker is naturally very stable with any outline, but the Monk outline proved to be even more stable and efficient. It encourages you to push faster and harder until you can push no more. So effortless to ride; so trusting that in a straight line it never comes unstuck, which makes it perfect for experts and intermediates alike.
The ability of the board to heel-side carve without losing speed makes it excellent for wake style pop, as well as having plenty of traditional pop. Hardcore freestyle is easily within it’s grasp but for everyone who does not spend half their session unhooked the Monk is a far superior board for multidiscipline freestyle.
CHOOSING YOUR BOARD SIZE:
Whilst many riders still look at the length of the board when choosing their size it’s much more relevant to look at the width. The length of the board can be affected by the shaping of the tip and tail – which in reality plays no part in the performance of the board.
To clarify the situation further the difference in surface are between a 130 x 40 and a 130 x 42 is approximately 260cm2 whilst increasing the length of a 130 x 40 to 135 x 40 would give an increase in surface area of less than 200cm2 – nearly 25% less!
FOOTBED AND STRAPS:
The connection between rider and board can make or break the quality of your ride. Of course they should look slick but only after the function is perfect.
Shinn Kiteboarding’s deep section EVA cushioning ensures luxurious comfort even during the harshest landings, whilst a carefully placed section of memory foam adjusts the surface to the shape of your feet after only a couple of hours riding. Multi-position fixation points allow you to fine tune your stance to perfection. The Shinn footstrap has been shaped to provide maximum grip on your foot with minimal pressure points and complete ease of adjustability.
All Shinn twin tips are supplied with high visibility Nylon fins and deck protection plates. Shaped exclusively for Shinn (for unsurpassed durability), this 53mm shape provides exceptional grip for it’s size whilst still offering great manoeuvrability.
WHO IS THE BOARD DESIGNED FOR:
For anyone with aggressive tendencies it’s so much fun. For the nervous it’s ideal, in truth this board is for everyone. Although the Monk can be aggressive, it is NEVER difficult or uncomfortable.
Shinn Monk – 132 x 40 – recommended weight: < 80kg
Shinn Monk – 134 x 41 – recommended weight: 75-85kg
Shinn Monk – 136 x 42 – recommended weight: 80-90kg
Shinn Monk – 138 x 43 – recommended weight: 85-95kg
Shinn Monk – 140 x 44 – recommended weight: 80kg+
132 x 40, 134 x 41, 136 x 42, 138 x 43, 140 x 44
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