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by MikeBirt
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which to buy: North Dice vs. Airush Union vs. Best TS
Replies: 31
Views: 11271

Re: Which to buy: North Dice vs. Airush Union vs. Best TS

I'm shopping my-self for a new 12m kite of this type and the only one I was able to try so far - was the Union 2016. I really liked how it handles and especially - the low end, but there were 2 major cons: 1-bar pressure, which is very high 2-if you're used to flying kites that feel very direct - y...
by MikeBirt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Shinn Turbo
Replies: 3
Views: 791

Re: Shinn Turbo

the board still tracks reasonably well on smaller fins, but to get the solidity and trust of the rail through the turns the 57mm fins are needed. 52 will make a little less trusting and 43 will make it squirrely. Obs the smaller the fin the easier it is to change stance without hopping.
by MikeBirt
Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Monk / TT techniques
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

Re: Monk / TT techniques

Shinn is one of the most advanced board ranges out there - certainly when engineering flex for choppy real world conditions. For sure, people who are contest level freestylers and those who ride short sessions in butter flat conditions, they will love boards with limited flex and channels galore... ...
by MikeBirt
Wed May 25, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Shinn El Stubbo
Replies: 11
Views: 3695

Re: Shinn El Stubbo

we get the first production ones in the UK next week. I hear Mark prefers the stubbo to the shinnster which says something - but he always loved skimboards too... The board sounds like it has different characters with different fin combos (comes stock with 4x57 fins) edit - some of the UK guys tried...
by MikeBirt
Sat May 07, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Shinn "Bite" fins made of nylon? Longevity with abuse?
Replies: 24
Views: 4018

Re: Shinn "Bite" fins made of nylon? Longevity with abuse?

In the UK we have some G10 ones left, but Bite are Nylon.
The Nylon fins are harder wearing as far as abrasion on sand and rocks go. We've not had any problems with stripping in the UK that I know of, but I can imagine they are easier to strip. They are also, I would add, significantly lighter..
by MikeBirt
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Shinn bronq vs Axis limited 2016 - carbon boards
Replies: 14
Views: 3931

Re: Shinn bronq vs Axis limited 2016 - carbon boards

And to me the performance of the Axis Limited is much better because of the description I gave, it has proper channeling for more grip and more tracking during hard landings. Most kiteboards are noodles, way to much flex, if you want comfort you simply need a more rounded shape and higher rocker. F...
by MikeBirt
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3089

Re: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump

MikeBirt wrote:here you go!
the good old days ;-)
oh, the interview attests - he was hooking in and out - legend!

by MikeBirt
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3089

Re: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump

here you go!
the good old days ;-)


by MikeBirt
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3089

Re: Mega Kiting Jump - The Longest Controlled Kiting Jump

I also think it is towing...how else is it possible? Agreed.. but remember that naish vid in the early days with top hat and the guy called eric? I met him once in Molokai. He'd just thrown his early C kite for a land based jump on the beach while the crew waited for enough wind to ride - wasn't ev...
by MikeBirt
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Shinn bronq vs Axis limited 2016 - carbon boards
Replies: 14
Views: 3931

Re: Shinn bronq vs Axis limited 2016 - carbon boards

Shinn technology is all based around flex - the hull is 3d, not flat, with a single concave. Putting channels in a board completely destroys flex in that area, hence why they look flat. That's the reason why shinn boards are like they are.. Also Carbon is not traditionally the material you want to u...

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