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SHINN ADHD DISTORTION 138

Shinn ADHD Distortion twin-tip test

SHINN

ADHD DISTORTION 138

TESTED BY: Jim & Bully

TESTER BIOS AND TEST PARAMETERS: Here

We tested the Shinns back-to-back each time over a handful of sessions, always in straps and in various water states. Our primary focus is to point average intermediates and performance freeriders to gear that will help improve their riding levels, or inject new levels of excitement. In that regard there was only ever one winner between these two, but the ADHD does its best to fight for its share of the freeride pie.

The ADHD is Shinny’s wakestyle shape that manages to cross into freeride and big air because it’s easy to ride and hold down power. It has the stiffest flex and the most rocker in the range, while new full length drive channels increase control for the hardcore power levels of the latest new school moves.

REALLY USEFUL PERFORMANCE

Back in the real world, the thing with performance is that it’s only really useful if you know how to use it. Anyone can get on the ADHD and enjoy a smooth session, but the difference is that for the same amount of skill and riding effort, most people will enjoy the Monk more as it feels faster, has more natural energy levels and gives more feedback to lighter inputs.

Shinn Monk Glitch detail

STYLE AND EASE For an advanced wakestyle board, the ADHD is very comfortable in straps, but after riding the Monk Glitch, it gives the impression you may have eaten too much at lunch. The edge and bite feels so much more chilled. The Monk rewards less effort and we felt like we were only just tapping into how much force the ADHD could handle and reward. It rides a shade slower than the Monk, but the sure handling for freestylers comes from the fact that everything happens at an even pace. Anyone can enjoy some beautifully long heelside carves; you just set the rail and go with it, fanning a huge wall of water off your tail. The ADHD pretty much does it all for you.

It’s also very light for the type of board it is, but feels robust and firm underfoot. While it would be happiest in boots, bringing out the best of the board’s stiffness and smooth pop, the ADHD is nevertheless easy to ride in all conditions in straps.

The pronounced rocker and efficient base shape ensure that the ADHD demolishes chop. Lock in your rail, put your foot down and it responds with a really constant drive; the stiffness maintains speed while the rocker makes mincemeat of the terrain.

The carve into wind is as smooth as you can imagine, and in boots the increased response and pop will be even more accentuated. The ADHD is a serious bit of kit that could allure you into thinking it’s for you because it’s very easy to get on and ride. It’s a viable freeride option, but in straps we were really only just scratching the surface of what the board can do. Unless you’re serious about dropping unhooked freestyle tricks, the Monk Glitch offers more ocean performance in all conditions and operates with a bigger range of gears.

"More than just a wakestyle board, the ADHD makes the step-up to serious freestyle riding very accessible."
Shinn ADHD Distortion 138
"More than just a wakestyle board, the ADHD makes the step-up to serious freestyle riding very accessible."

SUMMARY: More than just a wakestyle board, the ADHD makes the step-up to serious freestyle riding very accessible, whether you’re already dedicated to boots, or still to make the step from straps. All the new school performance you’ll need at a fraction of the weight of some wakestyle boards, but with the added comfort of knowing that if you want to keep ripping in straps, the ADHD still feels great. KW LIKED:

Silky smooth carving and chop demolition. KW WOULD CHANGE: As a wakestyle board the ADHD is nice and light, but some riders who constantly ride up shingle beaches or grind everything in sight may want a dedicated grind base.

ADHD DISTORTION BALANCE POINTS: Build quality: 9 Fixtures and fittings: 8.5 Speed: 7 Pop: 8 .5 Drive: 7 Flex: 5 Comfort: 7.5 Looseness: 6 Grip: 8 Upwind: 7.5 Slider proof: NA Boots applicable: Yes Freeriding: 8 Freestyle: 9 Ease of use: 8 SIZES: 142 x 43 and 138 x 41.5cm

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