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Do it all twintip recommendation for Perth

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Created by Swavek 2 months ago, 13 Sep 2017
Swavek
WA, 199 posts
13 Sep 2017 10:09AM
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My beloved Shinn Dundee 135 x 44 cracked (both ends) while I was on a kitesurfing holidays in Sri-Lanka . I got it repaired but it is probably not going to last long - hence time to look for another board.

I read a lot and wanted to try Shinn Monk for a few months, even had it as a demo twice, but there was no wind to try it. When I broke my Dundee I organised purchase of Monk 135x42 and had it delivered to Sri Lanka. I went against the manufacturer recommendation (should have bought 137 x 44) and lived to regret it. The board is nice when I am fully powered but too power hungry at my size. My Shinn Monk is currently listed for sale. I don't want to keep repeating the same mistake as it cost you every time you buy and sell a board. Also, the demo gear I can try from local stores is usually medium size for guys around 70-80 kg, so it is hard to select a board after demo of what is too small you.

I am 100 kg, 183cm tall, mid 50s, looking for a comfortable ride board, not too hard on the body. I like riding at Penguin Island, so need something that excels in flat water and in small chop. I ride only hooked in, love to boost big, and I am getting into some basic tricks (back roll, rotations, heli-loops, transition jumps, etc.)

Would love to hear your recommendations of board models and board size for the above conditions (ideally from someone of my size).

Two boards that I tried in Sri Lanka for few minutes were North Jaime and X-Ride. They felt good but almost anything feels good when you are well powered in a butter-flat water (rode Shinn Toyboy 129 x 37 too while waiting for my board to be repaired and I was fine).

Local kite shop also recommended to me North Jaime and North Select or North X-Ride from a lower shelf.
There is another Shinn Dundee listed for sale (exactly the size I broke) but I am reluctant to buy an older board as it may be about to crack soon (???)

So far I am considering:

North Jaime 142 x 43 or 139 x 42
North Select 141 x 42
North X-Ride 141 x 42
Shinn Monk 137 x 44

Which one do you think should fit the bill or what other boards should I consider?

cbulota
WA, 1099 posts
13 Sep 2017 11:54AM
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Hi Swavek

I think you should first decide on what sort of board stiffness you want. A stiff board is a great choice for flat water and small chop. However a board with more flex is ideal for heavy chop. Not sure how your knees are at doing, but bare in mind that a stiff board is harder on the knees.

Demo more boards and try different brands

Christian

Swavek
WA, 199 posts
13 Sep 2017 1:58PM
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cbulota said..
Hi Swavek

I think you should first decide on what sort of board stiffness you want. A stiff board is a great choice for flat water and small chop. However a board with more flex is ideal for heavy chop. Not sure how your knees are at doing, but bare in mind that a stiff board is harder on the knees.

Demo more boards and try different brands

Christian


Thanks Christian, definitely don't want a very stiff board or a very soft board - something in the middle. Knees are not too bad, I play squash regularly, but I simply don't enjoy the feeling of a stiff board in choppy water.

Shinn Monk is as soft as I would want it, but could settle for something with a little bit more stiffness as well.

junglejim1971
VIC, 108 posts
8 Oct 2017 9:18AM
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a twinnie for all conditions hey. I have the worlds first functioning full adjustable rocker kite board made in 2016 although I cant post pics its to hard to remove them and have to go through admin. I know as I have done it before for the shots of my board sorry boys and girls

Swavek
WA, 199 posts
12 Oct 2017 6:26AM
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junglejim1971 said..
a twinnie for all conditions hey. I have the worlds first functioning full adjustable rocker kite board made in 2016 although I cant post pics its to hard to remove them and have to go through admin. I know as I have done it before for the shots of my board sorry boys and girls


bigtone667
NSW, 778 posts
12 Oct 2017 11:22AM
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Have a look at the Nomad Wave.



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