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I have ridden a DK flex tail speed dialer extensively in the last few months, and my buddy just picked up a 5'6" Monkfish from catalyst in melbourne fl that i was able to try out in some beautiful chest- shoulder down the line fast glassy waves....
These observations will be compared to a speed dialer as most erBB'ers are familiar with the design.
Down the line speed: the speed dialer is faster down the line with that double to single vs. the monkfish's vee bottom.
Rail to rail carveability: the monkfish went rail to rail faster, more like an MR twinny than the speed dialer, but the speed dialer lays down a smoother line (more fishlike) so it is up to taste on which board some surfers would prefer.
The monkfish struck me as more responsive all around, with its wider quad fin placement than the dialer, giving more release thru turns and less drive than the DK.
A dialer could handle the top end and the bottom end of the wave size spectrum better it seems, where the monkfish seems more versatile, snappy, and forgiving in the mid-sized wave range.
The monkfish is a functional and valid slightly higher perfomance alternative to other fish designs in average waves, it all depends on what type of lines you want to lay down.
my buddy rips on his, ie fins out off the lips, frontside 270 turns where he rides out fakie and recovers, etc
he has his set up with the speed dialer template in fcs.
Hope this helps
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I did a TON of research for a versatile shape with a fish/groveller style and it led me to the Monk Fish for the inspiration of my last board – see 6-2 MillerFish Round Tail
After talking to a few shapers, they said the vee bottom would work, especially rail to rail, but the concave was more user-friendly.
What I like about the Monk Fish was the wider MR style nose, wide point forward for drive, and the wing to round tail for control and yet also ‘breakaway’ turning. The changes Josh made to my board were a single to double (no vee in the tail, due to the CoreVac flex) and a softer rail to a harder tail edge.
I would also highly consider the Von Sol Shadow – a lot of the same ideas, just done in different ways. It would be cool to try the Shadow and the MonkFish just to feel the differences!?!
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