Shinn ADHD Distortion 138 x 43cm 2021 Kitesurfing Review

Shinn ADHD Distortion 138 x 43cm 2021

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At A Glance

The Shinn ADHD has been the flagship ride from the Shinn team aimed at the freestyler looking for no compromises. It’s the highest performance deck in the range from Shinn and is focused on freestyle and big air, offering unrivalled pop but also control on the landings. For 2020 the board has had a redesign with a totally new shape to maximise the performance.

Underneath there are full-length drive channels to help increase the control and add power on take off. In the tips, there is a new Tunnel Concave shape, designed to stop the fins catching when you don’t land perfectly. They also help to stop the rocker flattening completely when you land really hard and flat.

As ever the finish is of an incredibly high standard that we keep seeing improve from the Shinn factory. It looks good enough to eat when you take it out the packet, and the attention to detail on the rails and all over the board is plain to see. There are inserts for straps and boots, a nod to the shift towards straps for big air riding while recognising boots are still the preferred set up for the freestylers. Ours was supplied with the Sneaker 6 pad set up and these were easy to set up and get a snug fit with.

On The Water

Fast, stiff, exciting, these were the three words our team decided best sum up the ADHD if you have the skills you be rewarded with some insane amounts of performance. It is stiff, though, so be honest with your skill level when considering getting this board. Some of our lesser skilled testers found it a bit of a handful.

The demographic it’s aimed at though loved it, the pop is incredible, when you load up the edge, there is a ton of grip and then boom, you get sent into the stratosphere. The landings feel smooth and controlled; the constant curve rocker works well to dissipate the impacts. Upwind is impressive, dig the edge in, and the slightly smaller BITE fins engage and drive you forwards.

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For Big Air and freestyle, the pop is as much as you would ever need, this isn’t a board that leaves you wanting more. Instead, it just keeps on surprising you with what it can deliver. It’s fast, controlled and a very engaging and lively ride.

Overall

The ultimate freestyle and big air machine from Shinn just got better; there will be a raft of riders who will benefit from this board. As long as you have the skills to get the most out of it, then you will be rewarded with near-limitless performance and pop. Fast, stiff and exciting, exactly what you need to keep even the most attention lacking and hyperactive rider engaged…

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This review was in Issue 84 of IKSURFMAG.

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By Rou Chater
Rou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!

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