I recently switched from a Luigi 132X42 to a Monk 132X41 and have noticed that the Monk does seem to need more kite power. (I am 175 Lbs / 80 Kg)
True but you have lost 1cm in central width there, a lot of tip width and the luigi has a stiffer tail too.. so your board is smaller...
I have started to wonder if the 135X42 Monk might make more sense for me?
Yes... but the magic of the monk does start to lessen as the size increases.. When I am 80kg I love the 40 wide monk, but it's still a struggle when marginal.. but the top end is worth the struggle.. it's incredible. Now I am 85kg the same applies to the 41 wide... The Monk loves to be thrashed, and smaller boards are better when beaten with the stick of power! Interestingly the control and balance that the monk offers is so good that it lends itself so well to lighter riders.. The Toyboy (which is the same platform as the Monk) has a huge following - simply because this shape works so well in 38-41cm sizes.. Control is less of an issue if you have an extra 20kg to apply to the problem.
The extra length might glide better in the lulls with our on/off lake wind conditions.
It's more to do with width, tip width and tip stiffness, length means virtually nothing in my eyes.. Though is handy for stability in freestyle and stance accommodation... for your ordinary rider (like me) the shorter the better, as long as it's capable of taking your stance.. but on a marginal day, length is at the bottom of the list of "things to get you planing first"
The Luigi seemed to need less kite and go upwind, even though only one cm wider.
The shapes are obviously different.
rocker is the same, but yes, slightly wider overall, much wider tips and stiffer tips bring more drive in lower loading situations..
I like the way the Monk rides better than the Luigi.
I liked my Luigi a lot until I got on a Monk.
The Monk plows through chop like nothing else, so it just allows you to rip around at full speed through anything.
They both carve great, but a bit differently.
The monk will hold a hard heelside carve much better in my eyes, but the Luigi is more progressive.. you get a lot more feedback.
For whatever reason, the Monk seems to be easier to load up for jumps and is super forgiving when you land wrong.
Been able to pull out some crooked ass landings on it and ride away OK.
Yup.. it's the one weapon you want it you are going to war. It never seems to get out of shape.. for boosting the ability to wind it up seems limitless.. I have pushed it past a few times and all that happens is that is starts going progressively sideways and your forward speed and pop progressively drops. You never do loose control.. it's just weird how it manages to stay together under such provocation...
I am curious about the Dundee now as well, but I would guess it is very similar to the Luigi.
Is the Dundee just version three of the Luigi?
Yes... but it's a completely different board to the luigi.. it's taken a big step forward. I always liked the extra stifness of the old luigi as it gave a lot more feel, but it never did have the efficient edge that the monk would have when t came on song.. now the dundee has this, and the same feel, but more complience and control. It's a VERY good board. It's still not the monk if you are going to war, but it's very close. At 85kg I use the 42 Dundee as rail length is short and tips are flexi, and lightwind is ahead of the 41 monk for sure..
More than this - it is hugely tactile.. if we praise kites for having excellent feedback and handling this is the TT equivalent. When you wipeout you can play the log back in your mind and find the exact cause of the blowout.. sometimes boards soak so much that you just can't tell... but it does it without ever being uncomfortable or unsettling the board.
If you get the chance try one..