appelton wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:19 pm
- Shinn Monk Glitch ( The new one 2020 that has some gentle channels at the bottom )
- Shinn Ronson
- Flysurfer Radical 6
- Lieuwe Shotgun
Anyone tried Radical 6 and Ronson ?
You have some good options listed here. The shotgun is a great board but is a little stiff. Also, the Rad 6 is a bit stiffer than last years Rad 5. I owned a Monk and thought it was great and relatively comfortable but have not ridden the Glitch. So, here's what I would do if it where me.
1) Avoid carbon. Some people mentioned the Raptor but I would not recommend this. The only carbon board I've used that had decent flex and comfort was the Carved but its crazy expensive.
2) Work on technique. Make sure that you have optimized everything in your stance, load, jumping, etc to ensure that you are as efficient as possible. I used to land really hard on tricks until I made a few corrections and now almost always float down...although this weekend I had a few bad ones
3) Yoga, more yoga, yoga again, and repeat - employ some kind of daily stretching and strengthening routine. "Down dog" is a fantastic free app. Alternatively, see a physical therapist to ensure a lifetime of riding. You've probably done this already but its definitely worth mentioning.
4) If possible...Demo, then demo again, and demo some more - The boards you have listed above are great but its important to try different boards and let this inform you. You already know you want something with more flex but you also need to determine how much grip you want (a huge factor in board differences). Nearly all brands have some type of general "freeride" board and this is what you want but you need to demo them to see which one really speaks to you.
Hope this helps and let us know what you get !!