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San4x
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Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby San4x » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:29 am

Hi all,

Been investigating Shinn for my next board and thanks all for the great posts and info about Shinn on this forum.

Am seeking advice which board to choose from: Dundee or Monk 2012.

I am an intermediate kiter, not looking to do kiteloops or unhooked jumps, but do like jumps and tricks (backrolls, slides etc). I weigh 90kg, length 1.87m.

Am leaning towards Dundee, as it's a true freeride board. Size 135x44, or do you reckon the 133x42 is perhaps better for me...? Am I limiting myself too much with the Dundee and thus should pick the Monk since it's the x-over?

Before ordering I would love to hear from you all who have ridden these boards. I live in Netherlands and can't test them, but the reviews here on this forum have convinced me Shinn is the brand I want.

Cheers and thanks in advance..!

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby Fatfish98 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:45 am

You may have read this already but there are some 20 or so pages on Shinn over here:
http://www.kiteboarder.co.uk/kitesurfin ... 70&t=47485

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby San4x » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:22 pm

Fatfish98 wrote:You may have read this already but there are some 20 or so pages on Shinn over here:
http://www.kiteboarder.co.uk/kitesurfin ... 70&t=47485


Thanks Fatfish, I've read just about every thread on Shinn on that forum, contains a wealth of info and made me decide to go for Shinn...! :)

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby sw67 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:17 pm

I am the same weight as you and after a demo i have ordered the 135 x 44 Dundee. I am replacing a North X-Ride 135 x 39 and i didnt feel i was riding a big board when using the Dundee.

The wind was low and offshore so not a good test but the board felt great so i am taking a chance and ordering - i was also able to chat with Mark Shinn about the board and i think i have made the right choice.

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby John-B » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:03 am

I don't think you will be limiting yourself - both board will do what you want but just in a slightly different way. The Monk is a freestyle board; however the type of freestyle it is designed for is high speed/power agressive riding and although the new Monk Forever does have improved mid-range it is still designed to be ridden like your hair is on fire!

I've not ridden a Dundee yet ( have ridden every other Shinn board) but if it is an improved Luigi II then it is definitely more relaxed in it's approach and handling - not to say it is dull but just a different feel, in fact feel is what this board delivers with a great connection to the water it handles very precisely and will still do everything you want of it.

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby San4x » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:16 am

Thanks all for the great feedback. Shinn Dundee it will be. Can't wait to get that board onto the water...!

Still deliberating which size would be best....135x44 or 133x42. Since I weigh 90kg and want to use the board in low range as well, I am leaning towards the 135x44.

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby sw67 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:53 am

When i was out on the 135 x 44 i was under and overpowered on a 17m Zephyr. The board was fine and i didnt feel the need for a smaller board

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Re: Shinn Monk 2012 or Dundee...seeking advice

Postby San4x » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:19 pm

The die has been cast....:

I just ordered the Shinn Dundee 135x44....can't wait.

A new Shinn fan in the making..!

Appreciate all the input, big thanks!


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