With the King in your hands you'll be able to rule the water! King George is Shinn Boarding's new XL board range and was created to maximise your time on the water, even in less than ideal conditions. Light wind cruising can be awesome but, should you feel the desire to push your boundaries, then the King has plenty of control and versatility for performance riding, ensuring you’re not rushing to the beach for a smaller board should the wind increase by a few knots.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
This is the first of the Shinn boards we tried and initial impressions are good. The King George is a smart looking fellow, all decked out in his greenish stripes on top deck and tough emerald finish below. Shinny's new pads and straps are very comfortable – soft and supportive yet firm enough to not lose feeling through the board. Thin rails for bite and a big surface area underneath lead you to believe the King will get going early.
In the company on this review, the Shinn doesn't get going as early in as little wind as a door, but it's no slouch and it is invigorating and fun. Within a few yards of getting onto the plane the board locks in feels
smaller than 144cm and lively underfoot, willing to get an edge in and pop. Shinny is a big guy, but for me at just 72 kilos I was up and going on this with the 17m Ozone in 10 - 12 knots. Landings are smooth and carving and switching very easy. This was the board I kept going back to as soon as there was more than the lightest of airs as it was fun, easy to ride as you would want to on your regular smaller board and therefore rewarding.
I believe I'm a light wind convert and that if I didn't have to give this back, I'd pick up a lot more freestyle moves than on other more high performance boards in stronger winds. Not only does it pop and land well, it's also comfortable and carves round easily and bites well. Bigger guys could definitely hold this in stronger winds as well, as although it's stiff it does flex under load, which is why it feels so lively when you tell it to do something. At the same time I found it very comfortable in the mid-tide chop.
Not a record setting light wind machine but has huge application in over 12 knots to develop your riding skills.
KW LIKED: Lively, familiar performance.
KW WOULD CHANGE: Bigger guys would need something with a bit more size to qualify for real light wind performance.
SIZES: 144 x 49 and 140 x 46cm
This test is in issue #46