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.
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.
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.