UWL workshop to host Malcolm Campbell in March
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 February, 2015 - Malcolm Campbell, the infamous Bonzer shaper, starts his world tour with a stop at the UWL workshop in France. Early March, Malcolm will be shaping some bonzers in France for all interested and paying parties.
It’s been 45 years since Malcolm and his brother Duncan invented the Bonzer system during that hot California summer in 1970. The initial design has remained the same, a forward thinking combination of multiple concave to efficiently direct water flow across the board’s bottom and attack that flow of water with - for the first time in history - three fins.
Today most all Professional surfers have a bonzer in their quiver (Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning , Rob Machado , Taylor Knox , Joel Tudor , Mikala Jones, Ellis Ericson , Alex Knost ...). More than a piece of history, or a piece of the evolution of the culture of surfing, the Bonzers are surfboards that never cease to amaze us with their performances.
Currently on offer are 14 models available for all levels, demand an orginal Bonzer by the authentic American shaper Malcolm Campbell.
Excerpt about the Bonzer design courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Surfing. Check here for the full entry on the Bonzer.
The bonzer (period Australian slang for "bitchin'") was a hot surf media topic in 1973 and 1974, and pro surfers Ian Cairns and Jeff Hakman were among the design's proponents, saying the board was both faster and more maneuverable than the standard single-fin boards in use at the time. Bing Surfboards in California licensed the Campbell brothers' idea and put out a trademarked Bonzer model in 1973, but for reasons that aren't entirely clear the design never really caught on, and by 1976 it had all but disappeared. "The bonzer," surf journalist Nick Caroll noted, "is without doubt surfing's greatest example of a surfboard design slipping through the cracks."