DirkGently wrote:I had the original and it was one of the funnest boards I've ever ridden. Good in chop, insane in flat water, super efficient and I thought a great shape that didn't take any getting used to for how to get the best pop out of.
Havent tried the new one.
The original is now split down the center from riding boots and catching an edge riding drunk.
Thats life I guess. Definitely not an especially beefy board, but thats what made it fun.
jespin4845 wrote:ive ridden both, have the mk2, they ride similar and really hard for me to tell a difference, the construction on the mk2 is better, i still wouldn't put boots on it though...what i love about this board is the upwind and it being such a small board for me at 200 lbs,...use to have a shinn street, they both rode similar but the upwind was superior on the hadlow even being 2 cm narrower
this board is perhaps the best all rounder, flat water, waves, upwind, rockered, choppy water
a monk (gorilla bottom) is a tad better feel over white water and a little faster, but i got more pop on the hadlow and better upwind, could be different with the monk forever
15+ knots on a 12m in florida for me, doesn't spray in your face either
its not a light wind board though, if i lost it or broke it, i would probably get another one unless the new monk forever has just as good upwind, then it would be up in the air...kite force academy has them for a good price if you are looking for a new one
not a real popular board in the states though, kind of a special board from the UK
oh yea, it jumps good, really really good
DirkGently wrote:Well it sucks breaking boards, and I've since found other boards that have a bit better construction and geometry AND perform similarly, but if you're not riding boots I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.
In straps you're going to break an ankle or knee long before you break the board ( if that sounds like more fun to you? ) .
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