I have owned two Mk1 Monks a SuperShinn, a Monk II and I have ridden the Luigi II and the Gintronic. Today tested the 135 Shinn Street against my 132 Monk II so......
The Monk or the Street…..
Rode them both back-to-back today on my 9m Airush Razor from barely powered to overpowered and what do I think… overall the Monk is the ‘better’ board. Which one do I want to keep… the Street!
First things first the Street feels slightly heavier than the Monk and this is not due to the extra 3cm. If you lay the boards on top of each other then up to the new cutout tips of the street they are very similar in shape and surface area - so very little difference. However, as soon as you get on the Street it feels instantly stiffer underfoot and you are aware of this in the really choppy stuff – it still retains that Shinn feeling and does not splash, but compared to the Monk it is definitely not as smooth feeling and can be a bit jittery.
As an aside Shinn boards in chop:
• Luigi II– Glides over and just finds the best and easiest route through it
• Monk – Cuts through it like a ballistic missile (screaming “is that all you got”)
• SS & Street – Blast their way through (more Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now as opposed to The Foos – The Pretender)
You also feel this extra stiffness in the carve, don’t get me wrong the Street carves good and stays locked but compared directly to the Monk it feels a tiny bit dull. When powered it has more control than the SuperShinn and in many respects is similar to the Gintronic as it just handles it with aplomb; however it does this with more speed – not Monk speed but speed nonetheless; however the speed and
control the Monk has, is to use a marketing cliché insane!
This all makes for a very good board when hooked in, but again it looses out to the Monk when powered in chop as you need to have a bit more finesse and timing to realise maximum boost so in this respect the Monk is far superior. So why do I want it – unhooked pop and landings! The stiffness that makes it that little bit inferior to the Monk when hooked in means it has some serious pop – unhook and load the tail and it springs back pinging you off the water. Also when uhooked and coming in to land the twitchiness is gone and it is really composed, whereas the Monk can sometimes bite, grip and throw you.
This year, before I get too old I’m going for air passes and that is why the Street is my choice. If I was mostly riding hooked-in with the occasional railey or s-bend then it would be Monk every time; however the Street offers enough of the Monk and enough of the SuperShinn for the bastard offspring to be my current favorite… maybe it should have been called the Middle of the Road!
Strangely I still genuinely think the Monk is the better board – the grip, speed and control are just sublime and it is the most fun you can have have on a twin tip… seems I’m prepared to dial back a little on the fun for a bit then!