I had one....
They are super tough boards, Airush put a 2 year warranty on them which I think is unheard of.
I had the 135 x 41 2010 and then the 2011 135 x 41.
The 2011 has a three stage rocker which gives it a lot more overall rocker than the 2010 Protoy.
It also has a more curved plan shape and a deeper double concave. The 2011 has more flex than the 2010 which gives it a super smooth ride over chop. It also has the Team AFT pad system.
I'm the best part of 95kg and 6'3" and I found I needed less flex and a bigger overall size so I've now changed to the 2011 Aboards X series 137x42 which is closer in flex to my 2010 Protoy and it looks really nice!! I will be using that one hopefully on Saturday.
If you are lighter than me then the Protoy will be a really nice board. It also wave rides really nice too.
Thanks for that! Thats exactly what I was needed to hear. I'm 93kg and also prefer boards with a stiffer flex. My last board was a North Team series and I really loved the way it rode. I am planning to purchase an Airush kite this season and thought it would be nice to have a board from the same company. I have tried the Slingshot Lunacy but I dont like that lunch tray profile as I like the board to be fun and easy to carve, therefore I dont think I'd like the Airush FS series.
i board that caught my eye is the 2011 Shinn Luigi. i like the look of the profile and hope that its quite stiff. Unfortunately I live in a place where I dont have the option the try before I buy!
Actually you might have an opinion on their kites too! I'm tending towards the Vapor X, have you flown it? I haven't flown it yet, but of the kites I have flown in the past that I really liked were the North Vegas 2010 and the LF Hifi comp 2010. So it seems that I am tending towards a C shape, but I want something that has more windrange and better relaunch than a Classic C, so thats why i'm thinking the Vapor X. Your thoughts?
I own 10m Vapor III. I don't think they've changed a lot for Vapor X beside the bar and bridle. I fly mine on five lines and you can do the same with X if you like. I had RPM before but Vapor is much better. It's got full size wings which makes it behave like a C. C like steering C like kite loops plus depower not like SLE but enough. In my opinion the best kite in it's class.
I've ridden the 2011 Jamie pro, 2011 Protoy and The Luigi 2011...
The Luigi II is stiff in the core, much stiffer than the JP, probably not quite as stiff as the PT, which as I remember was pretty stiff..
The tips of the luigi are very soft though, makes it feel soft, but doesn;t loose drive... The Constant rocker is higher than anything he has done before but curiously, like the monk it's extremely efficient, and I would say it's going earlier than the JP size for size..
Luigi looks like a wakeboard... the more rocker you have, the easier it is to flip yourself out of the water... but the sacrifice is more power needed to keep it planing...
So maybe with a bigger kite than your usual the Luigi would make sense?
interested to hear from anyone else thats ridden it
I don't think there will be any issues with the luigi's need for power to plane. I just got the monk in the 132x41 and am dying to ride it. I did ride the 130x40 and it planed as well if not better than my EH 134x39. The Luigi too should be amazing with the similar rocker line and I've heard nothing but praise for the board. I will tell you that with the Monk you can load and pop in an instant no matter what the water conditions. the ride is super smooth and even in chop you can go out and hammer it!
p__han1 wrote:I don't think there will be any issues with the luigi's need for power to plane. I just got the monk in the 132x41 and am dying to ride it. I did ride the 130x40 and it planed as well if not better than my EH 134x39. The Luigi too should be amazing with the similar rocker line and I've heard nothing but praise for the board. I will tell you that with the Monk you can load and pop in an instant no matter what the water conditions. the ride is super smooth and even in chop you can go out and hammer it!
The Luigi uses the same rocker template as the Monk although some have said that the measured rocker is slightly less due to the different deck mould. I have measured it against a few and it's not a really high rocker at all, I would not want less, for it's planing as early as any of the most efficient boards out there....
It's not quite holding as much composure on the ragged edge as the monk (which abnormally good in chop and overpower as you say) yet feels a little more tactile and responsive under medium power.