Shinn listened to their core riders and combined the hooligan tendencies from the Monk with the raw grip and pop of the Supershinn. The Street redefines the nature of cross-over, bringing all things to all riders, combining the constant curve rocker and Squoval mould with a fresh, dynamic flex pattern and more progressive outline. Maximising pop, Shinn developed a completely new tail shape for the Street. Increasing the relative length per width for each size provides a greater surface area for explosive take-offs, but the subsequent increased rail length can cause control difficulties. Shinn's EP tail instead maintains the surface area in the all-important central area of the board while reducing the rail length to allow for faster and harder carving at the start of every move. The Street comes naked, so your wallet will like you and you can use any existing accessories you have or can customise it with what you like. You get the same quality and finish you'd expect from Shinn, but without the price tag you dread.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
The Street looks long stacked up next to other boards we had on test this issue, but the stats don't lie – still just 135 x 41cm it is a superb size and the sort of dimensions we always enjoy riding as averagely sized riders looking to do a bit of everything.
As you've read, the idea of the Street is to offer a high-performance shape at an affordable price as the board comes naked. We were however provided with a set of Shinn Sneaker S! pads and straps, which are excellent. We also had a couple of fin size options – 57 and 45mm. Riding the bigger fins first we thought they would make going from heel to toe-side more physical, but not a chance. The fin position is actually quite a long way back but this seems to work really well. The bigger fins definitely provide loads of grip and even in light winds the board shoots upwind. Although they don't impair your ride, the bigger fins take effect when you engage the whole rail, when carving for example, providing a super solid drive and hold for what is really a very freestyle-savvy twin-tip. Board speed and a light energetic feeling underfoot are the main first characteristics you notice with the Street. Rough or smooth water the Street definitely has fast credentials. There is bags of control as well and you actually start looking for choppy sections to pop over as they don't impair the speed of your ride; the board just soaks them up as you get lovely, horizontal air by keeping your kite still and just lifting your knees up with a fantastic hopping quality. Shinn says there's 20% more laminate in the tip areas than the Dundee, and it feels so lively when you engage the tips. If you can imagine how a dirt biker attacks their jumps and then accelerates away from the landings, you'll be getting somewhere towards understanding what it feels like to ride the Street; the tail kicking up spray as your imaginary wheel spins as you twist the accelerator again on landing. As on the Dundee there's a small concave in the bottom, just a little longer in the Street than in the Dundee which gives a lovely softness and takes the sharpness out of the ride. Considering the amount of rocker - that makes riding over and around waves easy - the Street feels really fast and controllable in light or strong winds. Switching to the smaller fins the Street is looser but still retains ample grip, but it just feels a little bit more free. Switching from heel to toe becomes a bit easier, but it seems like that thin, aggressive rail does a lot of the groundwork for you, whatever fins you're riding with. Changing fins you're simply tweaking the feel to your taste.
The Street really does make everything very easy. A solid platform to get up and going on, when pushed harder and harder the Street responds and copes beautifully, giving back to you just at the right time to pop, or when reacting and responding to a heavy landing. We'd recommend the Street if you're going to be regularly riding in chop and are looking to throw yourself into all sorts of situations, from simply ripping upwind, to finding the biggest ramps to take-off of or to smooth out your stomped landings. A great example of a twin-tip for real world conditions, all about getting out there and having a good time, whatever the conditions.
Amazing speed control, comfort and adaptability in all conditions for a variety of riding styles.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
Some might think it looks a bit bland for a Shinn! If that's the case, its skin belies what lies beneath.
137 x 42.5, 135 x 41 and 133 x 39.5cm
This test is in issue #57