I Cannot compare Shinn to a Mako but......
I mostly agree about the mako (with all three of your statements
I've been riding the mako 140 and mako king for a few years now because of how smooth they feel through chop. I think the best thing about the 140 is with all that rocker, you get a soft landing no matter how you land. You can't land too flat, because there is no flat part of the board. All that rocker does cut into your low end and upwind, though.
Doing basic hooked in tricks on the mako is no problem (front rolls, back rolls, back roll kiteloops...) but they don't have the same pop as a freestyle board. When I borrow my friend's new crazy fly raptor pro and go for a front roll, it becomes a double on accident, haha.
So interested if anyone has gone from mako to the monk and can let me know how it worked out?
Last year many were saying the Cabrinha Chopstick was better than Mako in chop, but I guess they never took off because Cabrinha dropped them for 2013?
Is there anywhere to demo Shinn boards on the east coast? I'm close to OBX