I just got my 133x41 2012 Monk today Stoked to get er out. I can tell its gonna do everything they say. I like the big handle for board offs and its a bit lighter than my X-Ride. The progressive flex is quite impressive and I imagine it will be the perfect for springloaded pop and soft landings. The footpads are super comfy and looke like they both lock on and allow your feet to exit and enter easy for oldschool tricks. I bought this board used based on several friends rave reviews as well as sooo many on the forums.
I've tried the Mako and although I liked the surfy feel, I found it heavy, not so much pop, & just not as adventurous as I'd like . I also have questions about their build quality. Got a older Zen just falling apart after 1 year.. Great for slashing through chop and easy on the knees.
I'll be back with more once I've put a couple hours on it.
Had the chance to try my new Monk Forever 134X42 and also the King George 144X49. WOW, what great boards they are! Incredible to say the least, best TT I've been on. What everyone say about them here is true. I will go with the larger KG tough at 146X50 for my 198lbs it will be perfect. Can't wait to try them more
Living in Maui, you should be able to try out a decent amount of boards. I would really recommend talking to the Wainman Hawaii riders and ask for a demo of the Joke.
I am not sure if there's some demo Shinn boards around but you really need to give their lineup a try.
best of luck on your search.
I can demo Cabrihna, Naish, and RRD... But they don't have many sizes. Last time I tried to demo a Naish they only had one two year old board. I need to find Wainman on the beach and try some of them. Never seen a Shinn board on the beach.
Think I will go with the Monk Forever 130, sounds like a great board for old school tricks, big air and hooked in kiteloops. My old plank is a 120, but can be a pain to stay upwind in the lulls so thinking 130 should fit me well at 170lbs.