If you’re one of those riders that can mix up the styles there should be a board to help you perform. Utilizing all the technology at Shinn's disposal, the Ronson bridges the gap between Freeride and Freestyle
in a way we could only dream of a year ago. More POP than a Shinn Monk yet more rail grip than the ADHD the Ronson will adapt to your ever changing freestyle needs no matter the conditions.
Put simply, it has new tech that the Ronson has makes it spring from the water like nothing you have ridden before, with or without the help of the kite. For new-school unhooked freestyle and old-school pop it is in a different league. More height, more time, and ultimately less pull from the kite. More than this, unlike the contest style pro rider boards Shinn have brought to market so far, the Ronson is every bit as relevant to every day conditions and riders as the mainstream Shinn range.
The Shinn Ronson has a totally new rockerline to other board manufacturers, a radically different curve to anything that anyone has used before.
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 a number of features that make the Shinn Ronson Kiteboard rides so well:
90 degree entry for improved edge grip at speed and buttery smooth landings.
Double Stepped Tips:
Improved carving POP whilst maintaining upwind drive.
Improved Flex Control: It’s no secret, softer tips add control to the board whilst stiffer ones improve POP…. until now! Through endless tests and experiments Shinn have used the conduits to re-define tail flex and provide control AND POP; the best of both worlds!
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 Ronson has cured it using only limited rocker curve, so it’s still efficient with a wide windrange.
The flex, grip and ease of the Ronson makes it a total joy in chop. Whether you are riding in 6 metre kite conditions, the Ronson 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 Ronson 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 Ronson 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 Ronson is a far superior board for multidiscipline freestyle.
Choosing your board size:
Whilst many riders still look at the length of the board when choosing their size it's much more relevant to look at the width. The length of the board can be affected by the shaping of the tip and tail - which in reality plays no part in the performance of the board.
To clarify the situation further the difference in surface are between a 130 x 40 and a 130 x 42 is approximately 260cm2 whilst increasing the length of a 130 x 40 to 135 x 40 would give an increase in surface area of less than 200cm2 - nearly 25% less!
Footbed and Straps:
The connection between rider and board can make or break the quality of your ride. Of course they should look slick but only after the function is perfect.
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 footstrap has been shaped to provide maximum grip on your foot with minimal pressure points and complete ease of adjustability.
All Shinn twin tips are supplied with high visibility Nylon fins and deck protection plates. Shaped exclusively for Shinn (for unsurpassed durability), this 53mm shape provides exceptional grip for it's size whilst still offering great manoeuvrability.
What's inside your board will make a huge difference to how it performs. There is a lot of talk about flex but the mount of flex is just the tip of the iceberg, what"s more important is where the board flex"s and how fast it responds after that flex.
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).
Who is the board designed for:
For anyone with aggressive tendencies with the need for extra pop the Ronson is so much fun. For the nervous it is still ideal, in truth this board is for everyone. Although the Ronson can be aggressive, it is NEVER difficult or uncomfortable.
Shinn Ronson - 136 x 41 - rider weight: 72-82kg
Shinn Ronson - 138 x 42 - rider weight: 75-85kg
Shinn Ronson - 140 x 43 - rider weight: 85kg+
The Ronson has started to receive some awesome reviews...
Me - 75 kg freerider, hooked in.
Conditions:- wind 16-18 mph mushy waves typical south coast conditions
The Ronson 136X41 cm – underfoot the board feels so much smaller, lighter and more nimble than the size suggests.
Frisky/skatey/fast with great acceleration but always in control. The stand out attributes are craving, popping and going upwind all with minimal back foot pressure.
Why, turn the board sideways and the heel side step kicks in sending the board into a massive controlled pop, or carve or you can use it really effectively to go up wind. The contradiction is that the board feels skatey and loose and yet the step gives you phenomenal performance in the above 3 attributes without giving it a feeling of being on rails or bogging it down. Think of the step as a “turbo charger” which remains in the background not influencing the characteristics of the board until you choose to deploy it. You are not conscious of the step other than the spray which comes from the middle of the board instead of all from the back rail when you’re going up wind. My previous board was a 2year old Shinn ADHD.
Overall - a great throw about freeride/freestyle board, great fun to ride and should improve the skills of even old timers like me.
The foot straps – for the first time ever I felt comfortable in foot straps. The correct foot pressure, the consistent position of my foot in the straps, the use of the raised toe grip even with boots, all because of the incredible micro click adjustments which you can adjust when sailing. If only they had the same system to tighten waist harnesses!!!!!! In fact because my foot was using the full strap not just wedged in with the weight on my heel I felt like I was standing almost over the tip of the board. So next time I will move to the inner mounting positions. Overall - carpet slippers adjusted to within a click.