Model: Monk Golddigger 2017 Shinn Kiteboarding
Designed for anyone with aggressive tendencies it’s so much fun. For the nervous it’s ideal, in truth this board is for everyone. Although the Monk can be aggressive, it is NEVER difficult or uncomfortable.
The Shinn Monk Golddigger is a freestyle board for the mere mortals among us. The Monk offers untamed sailing without the limitations normally associated with this style of riding. Hyperflex tips and a new constant curve work together to create the easiest to access (yet limitless) ride ever seen.
Full wood core, constant curve rocker and progressive concave combined with our proprietry SQ3 mould technology all ensure that your Monk not only looks the part but is packed with all the most important innovations you need!
Masses of grip, phenomenal carving and laughably effortless handling of chop have become the hallmarks of the Monk and this new edition won’t disappoint as Shinn improves on each and every aspect of it’s character.
Complete with new tail composites for more pop and comfort, a new outline for more grip and more drive, the Shinn Monk Golddigger has also been custom tuned for each size to flex.
A back door into the high performance world of kiteboarding or simply reality personified…you decide!
The tips are incredibly flexible, with a constant thickness taper to the core (a brand new style of deck mould for Shinn) and the outline is half way between freeride and freestyle.
Spray: No spray, ever, no matter how choppy, no matter what your stance is, what your carving position, where you place your pads; it’s gone, completely. The Monk has cured it using only limited rocker curve, so it’s still efficient with a wide windrange.
Chop: The flex, grip and ease of the monk makes it a total joy in chop. Whether you are riding in 6 metre kite conditions, the Monk makes it easy, relaxed and fun.
Confidence: It’s a board that you can push to the ragged edge of control, without ever feeling nervous or hesitant. The first thing to come unstuck is never your stance or balance!
Even-Foot Pressure: Every twin suffers from back foot loading, but some twins have to be ridden with excessive back foot pressure, either to stop the nose from burying when things get out of shape, or to stop you getting spray in your face. The Monk is a joy, it feels so solid underfoot that you can shift you weight around a great deal – even 50-50 when you are tired. Ride it hour after hour and your sessions will be so much fun!
Carving: Toeside carving on a twin is always going to be tenuous. Heelside carving is better than many directional boards. Not only does it grip through the turn, without ever feeling like it’s going to pop out (the more you push the deeper into the water it sinks), but it stores so much speed – when you come out of the most aggressive of carves you are still really travelling. It’s incredible round corners.
Straight-Line Stability: The rocker is naturally very stable with any outline, but the Monk outline proved to be even more stable and efficient. It encourages you to push faster and harder until you can push no more. So effortless to ride; so trusting that in a straight line it never comes unstuck, which makes it perfect for experts and intermediates alike.
Pop: The ability of the board to heel-side carve without losing speed makes it excellent for wake style pop, as well as having plenty of traditional pop. Hardcore freestyle is easily within it’s grasp but for everyone who does not spend half their session unhooked the Monk is a far superior board for multidiscipline freestyle.
Choosing your board size: Whilst many riders still look at the length of the board when choosing their size it's much more relevant to look at the width. The length of the board can be affected by the shaping of the tip and tail - which in reality plays no part in the performance of the board.
To clarify the situation further the difference in surface are between a 130 x 40 and a 130 x 42 is approximately 260cm2 whilst increasing the length of a 130 x 40 to 135 x 40 would give an increase in surface area of less than 200cm2 - nearly 25% less!
Footbed and Straps: The connection between rider and board can make or break the quality of your ride. Of course they should look slick but only after the function is perfect.
Shinn Kiteboarding's deep section EVA cushioning ensures luxurious comfort even during the harshest landings, whilst a carefully placed section of memory foam adjusts the surface to the shape of your feet after only a couple of hours riding. Multi-position fixation points allow you to fine tune your stance to perfection. The Shinn footstrap has been shaped to provide maximum grip on your foot with minimal pressure points and complete ease of adjustability.
Fins: All Shinn twin tips are supplied with high visibility Nylon fins and deck protection plates. Shaped exclusively for Shinn (for unsurpassed durability), this 53mm shape provides exceptional grip for it's size whilst still offering great manoeuvrability.
Core Construction: What's inside your board will make a huge difference to how it performs. There is a lot of talk about flex but the mount of flex is just the tip of the iceberg, what"s more important is where the board flex"s and how fast it responds after that flex.
Each Shinn twin tip has a carefully engineered core that optimises these characteristics and enhances them for the target rider. Core materials, glass layup and mould shaping are all factors that help us in this area but the heart of every Shinn twin tip is comprised 'mostly' of an Alabasia wood core. No other core material offers the same blend of consistent flex over extended periods of time, feather light weight and near indestructible durability (not to mention environmental friendliness).
Squoval Mould Shaping: The Squoval mould accurately controls the flex through the tail and the balanced outline provides grip whilst allowing for high speed turns but all new is the adaption of the exaggerated constant curve rocker first seen on the Monk and a revised global flex pattern that cushions your ride without sacrificing performance.
The Shinn Monk Golddigger uses a variation on a constant curve rocker through out it's length. Some years ago this rocker would have been considered to be slow to plane and poor upwind but advances in flex control, concave hull shapes and of course kites now mean it can be used to provide un-paralleled control, limitless grip and completely spray free riding in all conditions.
The 3D shaping of the deck moulds on all Shinn boards is a blend of functionality and form. The entire tail section of the board is allowed to flex in a pre-determined manner ensuring constant contact with the water and shock absorption for the rider even in the choppiest conditions whilst the central ridges reduce the torsional flex providing a surprising amount of POP for a free-ride board.
Constant Curve Rocker and Outline: Some years ago this rocker would have been considered to be slow to plane and poor upwind but advances in flex control, concave hull shapes and of course kites now mean it can be used to provide un-paralleled control, limitless grip and completely spray free riding in all conditions. The outline of your board works in conjunction with the rocker to define the way it will perform. In freestyle - this outline style features more curve radius between the feet leading into straighter, larger diameter curves in the tip and tail. On the water this translates into strong edge grip, aggressive POP and fast turning when applying pressure equally through both feet.
- 129 x 39 - recommended weight: 65-75kg
- 131 x 40 - recommended weight: 70-80kg
- 133 x 41 - recommended weight: 72-82kg
- 135 x 42 - recommended weight: 75-85kg
- 137 x 44 - recommended weight: 85kg+
Shinn Bite Fins: Grippy and ideal for carving without being too difficult to break traction for stance changes. Made from moulded Nylon in a yellow colour way, they are light and tough, Each fin is supplied with bolts and Shinn fin washer.
The board comes with:
- Grab Handle
- Footstraps and pads- Sneaker SRS
- 4 Fins
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