*


All times are UTC + 1 hour



Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 20 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:41 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:14 pm
Posts: 53
Hey, I'm a beginner trying to get some progress. I'm 180 lbs and 5'9 (182cm). I ride mostly in the Red Sea of Egypt (Dahab, Ras Sudr, Gouna). water is almost flat but a bit choppy sometimes, 12 knots to 22 knots.

Riding SB 12m, board : Cabrinha Chopstick 139 - LF Recoil: 130

I know my gear sounds inadequate, that's due to I live here in Egypt and it's not so easy to buy sporting stuff.

The question is .. Would it be a good Idea if I get a Shinn Monk Forever 2013?


{ SHARE_ON_FACEBOOK } { SHARE_ON_TWITTER } { SHARE_ON_ORKUT } { SHARE_ON_DIGG } { SHARE_ON_MYSPACE } { SHARE_ON_DELICIOUS }
Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:34 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:45 am
Posts: 142
Location: Berlin/Natal
I know all the three boards and I had and have the most fun with the monk forever. The chopstick is a little bit old fashioned but good in the chop like the name is telling us, but not the fastest board and not the most fun to ride. The Recoil offers good pop but is not the fastest board in general and upwind and quite heavy. The flex characteristic I would call simple. But that wouldn't be that important in glossy water. The Monk forever could replace easily the chopstick and recoil because it is at first so much more fun to ride, very fast, light, agile, comfortable because of the sophisticated board flex even in choppy conditions and easy to get the most out of it. The Monk show you what is possible in board technology today.
At the end only a real life test will show you which board serves you the best. I would suppose that the Monk Forever will win the competition.


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:11 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:59 pm
Posts: 141
just fyi - they just released the 2014 Shinn Monk Forever... but from what I understand, the only changes are graphics, fins and footpads...

so if u can get a better deal on a 2013, go for it...


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:16 pm 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:26 am
Posts: 275
I maybe wrong... but heard somewhere that the the tip flex was a tiny bit stiffer ?
Having said that - my 2013 is the 'Bees soft knees' and will buy another longer one to replace my old Fone Trax board.


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:35 am 
Offline
Rare Poster

Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:02 pm
Posts: 12
Mike the UK distributor is selling off 2013 demos if you're interested. May need to ask him if he'll post to Egypt. He's on this forum as well.

http://www.kiteboarder.co.uk/kitesurfin ... 71&t=57795


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:13 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:14 pm
Posts: 53
Thank you guys ..that's why I love this sport .. Beginners would never get a progress without your great help :)

I believe I should go for the 136 cm as I'm 5'9 and 82 kg (180lbs) .. or should i go for a smaller one?


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:13 pm 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:57 pm
Posts: 374
Location: Quebec, Canada
I am 196lbs and the 134x42 is perfect size for me so at your weight you could use the same or even the 132x41 if you kite in wind usually above 18 knots.


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:43 am 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:14 pm
Posts: 53
The point is I'm a beginner and It's a bit hard for me to go upwind with the LF 130 .. that's why i consider the 136 better than the 132 .. what do you think?


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:24 am 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:57 pm
Posts: 374
Location: Quebec, Canada
Captain_East wrote:
The point is I'm a beginner and It's a bit hard for me to go upwind with the LF 130 .. that's why i consider the 136 better than the 132 .. what do you think?

Your LF recoil 130 is probably only 39cm wide? A Monk 134 will have 42cm in width and the width of a board is much more important than it's length. A 136x44 Monk is just too much for nothing at your weight. An a Monk forever is a much better board then your LF recoil! and much easier to go upwind. This is like days and night. The thickness of the rail, the flex, the weight of the board, the comfort in chop/waves, everything will be easier and better on the Monk.


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Shinn Monk in Egypt
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:09 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:59 pm
Posts: 141
I dont fully get why people ride the Shinn Boards so small... I understand its not about length, but about the surface area for which the width is more important...

If you take one size bigger, you get better lowend, easier to ride for beginners, calmer ride, etc... I doubt that for freeride (for which the MF is mainly for), the board would then be not suitable anymore and you cant do a trick anymore or jump as high..... Of course, if the board is wayyy too big, you wouldnt be able to hold the edge anymore BUT especially the Monk is THE board that knows no upper-end and never looses its edge...

--> so in that case, I would have expected ppl taking either at least the exact recommended size or maybe even a size bigger... but it seems the opposite is true... where is my thinking wrong?

As an example - I ride my 165*44 Mako King well overpowered without any issues - I chose the King for its feel and how it behaves in the waves... Following the "logic" of Shinn riders, I should weigh 200kg to ride this board.... :) But even my girlfriend with her 68kg loves the King!!

I also want to order a Monk Forever and I weigh 95kg - I would have chosen the 136*44 without hesitation, but now I got all "confused" by the size/weight I read on the web...
So going "smaller" would mean to take the 134*42... but the Monk should replace my Best Armada which is 138*42... why would I go smaller? If I would have asked for the proper size on the Armada, there would have been no doubt its the 138*42...

Please enlighten me... Maybe I'm missing the point somewhere...

Here is a theory - it might be cool to have a smaller board since it looks more like a pro... maybe even take the handle off to save weight...


Top
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 20 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC + 1 hour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 14ToeSide, Google [Bot], noel, RedSky, t3rse and 25 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group