Bonzers. Why?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by icecreamheadache, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. icecreamheadache

    icecreamheadache Active Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    So I'm sittin' here at Burbank airport drinking a Stolichnoe at the Greek joint that's really owned by the Russian mob but fuck, 20oz beers for $6 at an airport and the fact that for some reason these Russians are super friendly and not dour fucks like the rest of their Crimea invading, commercial airline downing race gives me solace.

    Me and Dio (short for Diablo-- the retired junkie porn star turned NA advocate/semi-pro bodysurfer) are leaving for a month or two in Southern Africa here in a few weeks and are trying to put our travel quivers together for the trailing end of the southern winter. Needles in Cape Town picked me up 9'6" and 7'10" guns for those sharkbait reefs, but shit, what do two has beens take in their triple coffins for a country full of cold sharky right points?

    I've got a 6' Klaus Jones Siglo flex tail and 6'4" Roberts Black Thumb do it all wonderboard in the sack but fuck, I got an extra space and there just happens to be a heap of Bonzers my size for sale.

    It's been 20 years since I last rode a Bonzer (shaped by and demo'd to me from Oregon via South Africa shaper Lester the Molester and ass destroyed at triple overhead XXXXXX and ended up with five matching scars on my right shin) and fuck me if I can remember how they work and why the hell in these times of global scarcity would someone want the channel bottom and those anachronistic fins?

    I know several of yous are Bonzer afficionados and would appreciate it greatly if you could explain the attraction to me? Do they go fast? Do they turn nice? Do women/men find the lines asthetically pleasing and impart that attraction on the wielder of the Brothers Campbell machine? Is it like a Matuse wetsuit and little more than a semifunctional conversation starter for the lonely and overlooked? And if I were to pick up a 6'8" rounded pin in aforesaid Bonzer configuration, would that be something you would want to ride at overhyped right pointbreaks of reknown?

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  2. Ticowannabe

    Ticowannabe Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2012

    a better question is how do you pull off " a month or two" in South Africa?
    another fine turn of a phrase-'s ICH
  3. garagefull

    garagefull Active Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    The retro 3 fin Bonzer with the super deep channels feel like they have a 5th gear. I found it a very noticeable feeling right from the first wave. They also feel like the tail is going to spin out at times, yet I never had that happen. The modern 5 fin version has softer channels. I also found the Bonzer 5 to turn in a tighter arc. I've had 3 of the Campbell Bonzer 5 speed eggs, started at 7' and worked up to the current 7'6. I've taken them to Mexico and El Salvador and rode them in some fairly hollow pointbreaks. Not Indo hollow, but good or better than California hollow. The Bonzer 5 can be pushed as hard as you want on the bottom turn, it almost feels like it is on a rail, it is so solid banking off the trough, but coming out of the turn at high speed. If I was taking a trip to surf good, lined up pointbreaks, I'd bring a Bonzer as one of my two boards.
  4. pilau

    pilau Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    USA Hawaii
    Bonzer go good. Bonzer go fast. Bonzer carve power lines. Bonzer like good waves.

    But yeah your aesthetic Matuse comments are valid too.
  5. kpd73

    kpd73 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2013
    USA Rhode Island
    icecreamheadache wrote:

    SMUKES Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    USA California
    What... Is a semi professional bodyboarder? Soanyway, they high line it unlike strait working class singles. Still tuberide and have the extra gear to get out of trouble. You shouldda had one in Spain. Youdve made every wave, that french chick with the not-so-great teeth (is it wine staining, ciggs, chocolate pudding?) Shedve kicked that tall fucker with the ponytail and macrame bracelets back to Oslo and youd be set.
  7. trucker

    trucker Active Member

    Apr 24, 2008
    OB, San Diego
    Bonzer = yes.

    You can find plenty of videos of TKnox on bonzers in pretty much any & every conditions.

    IMHO, if you like boards with odd numbers of fins, and you like power, you should try a bonzer.
  8. pilau

    pilau Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    USA Hawaii
    From what I've read and experienced. Bonzers are evolved from single fins. Thrusters and quads are evolved twin fins. So there's that.

    Search for footage of Joel Tudor riding a bonzer egg at pipe.
  9. RIer

    RIer Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    related question-- let's say you have 2 boards, both same size and shape and both with bonzer type bottom contours. One has a more standard 2+1 set up, one has a bonzer fin set up. What would you gain or lose from the switching from one to the other?
  10. Mango Bill

    Mango Bill Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    USA California
    Bonzers you say

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