Speed, control, pop, grip, drive... only one board can deliver it all. After bursting onto the scene last year the new Supershinn refines what its predecessor started. Featuring Hyrdro-Flo tail conduits, a new custom tuned flex for each size, a constant curve rocker, progressive concave and a new Sneaker X foot bed system, this isn't just for the accomplished freestyler. The Supershinn ride offers accessible performance in the harshest conditions as well as in buttery perfection. Wake-style or freestyle, the Supershinn breaks the rules and opens new doors for riders to push themselves and their limits.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
Well, looking at this board it's definitely a Shinn. You may not be naturally drawn to plaid checkers, but you'll certainly stand out on the beach. This is a bit of a departure from Shinn's usual clean lines, but what it isn't a departure from is being different. The Supershinn is typically well made and picking one up you know you've got something special in your hands; a board that's been crafted and designed with care, not just popped out. There are lots of similar freeride-freestyle boards out there, but somehow Shinn manage to create a difference.
This year a major difference is the new pad and strap set-up. When the first generation of Shinn pads and straps came out they were definitely different in feel. Nice and thick and quite raised in the heel but we felt that we did want a bit more support from the strap a bit higher up the foot. These new models are very, very soft, there's no rubbing at all, they cover your foot beautifully, tighten nicely and just work. There are no shortcuts with any Shinn boards and these are definitely among the top three pads and straps available on the market for us; they just help you ride... in comfort and with support. They look so simple and rounded, but there's no chicken-dance to get your feet wedged in. You're locked in straight off the beach, this really helps with the fantastic connection you feel with the board and there's no rubbing whatsoever anywhere on your foot.
The base of the board doesn't have a lot of channels or unusual features and we always wonder how Mark manages to get the bottom of his boards looking so clean. We'd expect some sort of obvious traditional double concave for the amount of comfort that comes with his boards, but between the constant curve rocker and those hydro-flo conduits he's found a good formula for smoothness and ironing out the rough edges on twin-tips and he applies it well without affecting the performance of the board.
The Supershinn manages a good balance between comfort and all-round performance, bridging the gap between freestyle and freeride really well. If you're looking for a good freeride machine, go for the Monk (more on that machine next issue), but if you're looking to do a bit more with your riding and are ready to step up to something a bit more technical, then that's where this board comes in, doing a good job of taking the comfortable elements of the Monk and applying them to a slightly racier chassis.
You'll see a lot of today's wake-style riders riding board with lots of channels in the bottom so they can ride them finless, usually so they can hit kickers and sliders. The Super Shinn is more at the freeride-freestyle end of the extreme market. It's unashamed of just being a twin-tip and is just so much more user-friendly for more people, from intermediates to the most progressive pro riders. It's not the easiest twin-tip conditions out here on kite beach in Cape Town for a performance board, but this was still a lot of fun. There's no face spray for a start and the board keeps its energy levels high in-between the chop and there's nothing abrupt about it. Flat water or in chop, the twin-tip performance of this board is very good indeed. Shinn's are all about feel and this smoothing everything out. Easily holding good speed, there's no need to keep loads of pressure on your back foot in chop; the Supershinn just seems to cope.
The Supershinn isn't an out-and-out, flat rockered pop machine, but it certainly performs and loves being loaded up, creating really good pop. It's not a knee breaker and is a board you can rely on in all conditions. A one-stop solution for all kinds of riding. If you're looking to upgrade your freeride board to something more sporty that you won't grow out of, the Supershinn is it.
The built-in Shinn ride quality with very good freestyle attributes that can be used in any water state.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
Out and out wake-stylers looking to remove fins and hit obstacles for hours might want something a bit more focussed and especially built for that. If, like most of us you want to ride hard in the ocean, then you wouldn't want to change anything.
137 x 44, 136 x 42, 135 x 41 and 134 x 40cm
BOARD BALANCE POINTS:
Build quality: 9
Fixtures and fittings: 9
Slider proof: 7
Ease-of-use: 9 (As a freestyle board)