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Fin size shinn monk??

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Created by johnojjohnso 28 days ago, 25 Jan 2018
johnojjohnso
NSW, 44 posts
25 Jan 2018 9:43AM
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Hi
Has any one messed around with different fin sizes on a shinn monk?
I have recently bought a 2017 135cm
Monk and the fins are huge I'm just wondering if they have put such big fins on for a reason or if it's worth trying smaller. If any one had tried it would be good to know what you think and what sizes you have tried before spending on a new set.
Don't get me wrong I'm happy with the board as is but would be interested to hear your opinions.

Thanks

Wonderfulx
QLD, 10 posts
25 Jan 2018 6:41PM
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Mate, I just went through some warranty issues with a shinn ronson and complained about the length. I assume they are the same "bite" fins. Mark shinn said it was a preference thing. For me they caught constantly in the shallow water and made me crash often.

They are quite soft and I ended up cracking the side of 2. Replacements were sent but I took a second hand set of harder fins from the shop instead.

SonnyRider
66 posts
25 Jan 2018 6:40PM
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The smaller 43mm fins will make the board a little more skatey, easier to swap over to toeside and you will lose a little bit of upwindability compared to the bigger fins.

I used to like the bigger fins, but found the smaller fins better for nearly all conditions, you just learn to adapt for the smaller fins.

Currently my Bronq runs bigger fins on heal side(53mm) and smaller(43mm) fins on the toe side, helps with toe side changes and general slashing around.

Wonderfulx.
If you're constantly catching the bigger fins in the shallows, then you need to get out a little deeper or swap down to the smaller fins. You're blaming the fins for you wanting to kite in watery sand, makes no sense.

cauncy
WA, 5828 posts
25 Jan 2018 6:45PM
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Wonderfulx said..
Mate, I just went through some warranty issues with a shinn ronson and complained about the length. I assume they are the same "bite" fins. Mark shinn said it was a preference thing. For me they caught constantly in the shallow water and made me crash often.

They are quite soft and I ended up cracking the side of 2. Replacements were sent but I took a second hand set of harder fins from the shop instead.



I constantly ride in the shallows, keeping a backfoot pressure nose up stops you from stacking, I vertically catch a fin on every carve







You need to adjust your riding to location, personally I wouldn't bother as the boards offer insane grip if your aggressive, especially in rolling swell

RussKraut
VIC, 429 posts
26 Jan 2018 1:25PM
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Just get some 30 or even 20mm fins from e.g. Cabrinha and you can ride in the shallows and up the beach. I am doing this with my Ronson. Or even ride it finless, but this will make the pop harder.

Mark Shinn explained in another thread that he uses fins which will be good for the majority of riders, and the marjority is usually rookies or less advanced riders. The others will be able to play around with smaller fins if they like. Costs us more $, but I understand it.

johnojjohnso
NSW, 44 posts
27 Jan 2018 1:24PM
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Just stuck a set of North 50mm fins on that I had laying around there only 3mm different in hight but when I put them next to the shinns there's a big difference in surface area. Not had a chance to try them out yet but it will be interesting to see how much difference it makes.
Really can't understand why a set of fins costs so much it can't cost more than a couple of $ to make a set




johnojjohnso
NSW, 44 posts
31 Jan 2018 2:06PM
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I have had a couple of sessions with the smaller fins and there a winner for me. Still has plenty of grip but just a bit more fun to ride you can really use the rail hard to get grip with this board but with the smaller fins when you flatten the board out it becomes nice and lose



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