Update - ADHD demoed with feedback below.
Firstly the ADHD is a gorgeous looking board and like all Shinn boards it looks much better in the flesh as pictures never seem to do them justice. Construction wise it is similar to the rest of the range but you can see it has slightly thicker rails and tips and when you try to flex it there is a lot of resistance. Then there is the rocker which is big – it almost looks like a longer, more substantial Monk with more rocker? That said it is by no means heavy and I was quite surprised by this as some wakestyle boards are very much so.
It was the 137x41 setup with the new Shinn Sneakers on the narrow setting, which is wide on most of the range and 53mm fins; which is important to mention and I’ll explain later. To be honest I did not know what to expect as I’m not a fan of these 'types' of boards, but as I’ve ridden most of the range it was thought I’d be able to provide perspective from a ‘normal’ rider i.e. I’m decent and can do some basic unhooked but I’m certainly no wakestyler!?
I was out locally in the West of Scotland in a cold NW wind (a lot of punch) were I was powered to very very powered at times on a 9m Airush Wave. As soon as I got on it you could feel it was stiffer underfoot as the flex is totally different to the rest of the range. However, it was super smooth as the rocker and the concave provide a cushion that you glide along on. Also it might be a relatively long board but you have very little rail in the water and the nose tips/fins are out completely.
Not having a lot of rail means it doesn’t go upwind anywhere near as well as the Ultrasonic or even the Monk, but it is not terrible as there is some surface area with the width in the centre driving it – you just need to be more determined. What is interesting about the rocker is that it was physically impossible for me to bury the nose and you’d have to lean so far over you’d fall. In the ‘lagoon’ that fills at high tide there was small windblown high frequency chop – ADHD is smooth, then outside in the choppy wind blown waves – ADHD is smooth. So it is very smooth and I’d describe it as controlled and steady – it doesn’t feel as if it accelerates or goes anywhere near as fast as the other boards in the range, but in a variety of conditions it rides exactly the same.
In the lagoon unhooking for some POP you can tell it is not going to load through flex/engineering (stamp POP) like the US and you have to carve load to ‘hook’ some up (imagine trying to make a hook, or J shape). If you know how to do this then the POP is explosive and very easy to access. Also you can load the board/kite very progressively as it never seems to get out of shape – again just smooth and steady. This really works in choppier conditions and if you get the timing right and hit a kicker wave then you go huge… after which the magic happens.
The magic thing about the ADHD is the landings. It never once bucked, bounced or gripped hard enough on a hooked or unhooked landing to throw me and the board stayed on my (booted feet) the whole session. Now the new sneakers are much improved but with boots on hard landings my narrow feet still have a tendency to come free – the Ultrasonic’s rail can bite on landing and I’ve been bounced out the straps. Coming in heelside, toeside, fast, low, high, sideways, off-axis it just doesn’t matter you somehow mange to land the ADHD and ride out just fine – I can see why this would be awesome for practicing wakestyle as it just never catches even with 53mm fins!!!
Generally freeriding it is fine, not as dynamic as the rest of the range but it is no slouch and more lively than some of other boards of this ilk I’ve tried. The smooth, steady ride means you can boost very easily on it as it never seems to trip you even on a breaking kicker. It was also fun on the mushy waves - the nose is lifted so high it felt impossible to bury it; however it won’t carve as hard as others as the rail grip is not the same, but that must be the trade-off for the magic landings?
In fact it is very loose and even with the 53mm fins you can slide it around – it will even go sideways if you have enough power. This is not to say it is overly slippery though and the channels seem to give it enough grip and feedback that you are in control… that is until you are overpowered. When really overpowered (small squall hit) it will slip sideways whereas the Monk just goes faster until you crash, the Ultrasonic will snap your ankles or you’ll get pulled over it, but the ADHD will start to slide and give way and you’ll slip downwind. I’m surmising, but I think if you stuck some boots on it at the widest stance setting it will flatten the mid section give you a bit more bite and possibly better upwind.
I suppose that is the crux of it – it was designed as a wakestyle board and having seen Alex Bournay (Shinn team) ride where and how he does in Medano it is perfect. It does have crossover potential, but unless you are going to use it as designed (not as a fashion accessory) then there are better choices in the range. However, if you are going to stick some boots on it ride new school and stomp landings then (to the best of my experience) I can see it being a very good board for messy, real world conditions.
The ADHD… controlled, smooth, steady and not as hyperactive as you’d think, but it will let you throw all the shapes you want without ever getting ill tempered.