Shinn Kiteboarding Speedball Kite Board >>
Once in a while a revolution comes along. The Shinn Speedball thinks outside the box to create freeriding more dynamic than it’s ever been before.
The Speedball doesn’t fit into any other category of twin tip. It maybe better to ask what it’s not, it’s not limited to one riding style, it’s not limited to a certain wind range and it won’t disappoint you no matter what day you ride it.
Combining un-precedented width to length ratios this rocketship brings the small board feeling to larger riders and leads the twintip charge in the waves. It’s all about glide and float - the extra width keeps the Speedball floating over white water, let’s you harness the power of the wave and tolerates small lags in kite-power without stalling and sinking up to your waist.
The Shinn Speedball is not just a game changer, it’s a whole new way of looking at the water. Complete with new tail composites for more pop and comfort, a new outline for more grip and more drive.
Shinn Speedball Wingers:
into the outline has allowed Shinn to maintain the length
of the Speedball and yet decrease the outline curve between
the feet giving a more balanced edge grip
and faster upwind drive, yet at the same time maintaining
carving and glide this board has become famous for.
Often used in surfboard design but relatively new in twin tips the winger serves to reduce the tail width quickly yet without introducing too much curve into the outline.
The tips are incredibly flexible, with a constant thickness taper to the core (a brand new style of deck mould for Shinn) and the outline is half way between freeride and freestyle.
There are also a number of things that make the Shinn Speedball ride so well:
No spray, ever, no matter how choppy, no matter what your stance is, what your carving position, where you place your pads; it’s gone, completely. The Speedball has cured it using only limited rocker curve, so it’s still efficient with a wide windrange.
The flex, grip and ease of the Speedball makes it a total joy in chop. Whether you are riding in 6 metre kite conditions, the Speedball makes it easy, relaxed and fun.
It’s a board that you can push to the ragged edge of control, without ever feeling nervous or hesitant. The first thing to come unstuck is never your stance or balance!
Every twin suffers from back foot loading, but some twins have to be ridden with excessive back foot pressure, either to stop the nose from burying when things get out of shape, or to stop you getting spray in your face. The Speedball is a joy, it feels so solid underfoot that you can shift you weight around a great deal – even 50-50 when you are tired. Ride it hour after hour and your sessions will be so much fun!
Toeside carving on a twin is always going to be tenuous. Heelside carving is better than many directional boards. Not only does it grip through the turn, without ever feeling like it’s going to pop out (the more you push the deeper into the water it sinks), but it stores so much speed – when you come out of the most aggressive of carves you are still really travelling. It’s incredible round corners.
The rocker is naturally very stable with any outline, but the Speedball outline proved to be even more stable and efficient. It encourages you to push faster and harder until you can push no more. So effortless to ride; so trusting that in a straight line it never comes unstuck, which makes it perfect for experts and intermediates alike.
The ability of the board to heel-side carve without losing speed makes it excellent for wake style pop, as well as having plenty of traditional pop. Hardcore freestyle is easily within it’s grasp but for everyone who does not spend half their session unhooked the Speedball is a far superior board for multidiscipline freestyle.
your board size:
To clarify the situation further the difference in surface are between a 130x40 and a 130x42 is approximately 260cm2 whilst increasing the length of a 130x40 to 135x40 would give an increase in surface area of less than 200cm2 - nearly 25% less!
Who is the board
132cm Length x Width - 44.5cm (17") - Riders under 100kg
132cm Length x Width - 48.5cm (19") - Riders over 100kg
**Price include footstraps, footbeds, fins and grab handle**
Shinn Kiteboarding Speedball Technical Features:
The new buckle system allows for a huge adjustment range yet still makes micro adjustments a breeze, our memory foam heel insert ensures the pad is perfect for every foot no matter the shape and size, combined with a new Zoned traction surface means grip to stomp your landings yet easy entry and exit when you need it.
Shinn Kiteboarding's deep section EVA cushioning ensures luxurious comfort even during the harshest landings, whilst a carefully placed section of memory foam adjusts the surface to the shape of your feet after only a couple of hours riding. Multi-position fixation points allow you to fine tune your stance to perfection. The Shinn Sneaker-X footstrap has been shaped to provide maximum grip on your foot with minimal pressure points and complete ease of adjustability.
Each Shinn twin tip has a carefully engineered core that optimises these characteristics and enhances them for the target rider. Core materials, glass layup and mould shaping are all factors that help us in this area but the heart of every Shinn twin tip is comprised 'mostly' of an Alabasia wood core.
No other core material offers the same blend of consistent flex over extended periods of time, feather light weight and near indestructible durability (not to mention environmental friendliness).
The 3D shaping of the deck moulds on all Shinn boards is a blend of functionality and form. The entire tail section of the board is allowed to flex in a pre-determined manner ensuring constant contact with the water and shock absorption for the rider even in the choppiest conditions whilst the central ridges reduce the torsional flex providing a surprising amount of POP for a free-ride board.
Curve Rocker and Outline:
The outline of your board works in conjunction with the rocker to define the way it will perform.
In freestyle - this outline style features more curve radius between the feet leading into straighter, larger diameter curves in the tip and tail. On the water this translates into strong edge grip, aggressive POP and fast turning when applying pressure equally through both feet.
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