To take your kites to the max then the Shinn Monk hands down. Can take a serious amount of power with huge control without feeling dull - some boards can take huge power but are very damped feeling. The Monk on the other hand has blistering performance that can be accessed very easily to let you boost and throw HUGE walls of spray on heelside carves
Yeh know what ya mean. Narrowed it down to shine monk, the north X ride or a cardboard freeride ( an Aussie made board I use their mutant. )
The shinn has got amazing reviews.