While the Bonzer design has existed for decades, the recent collaboration between Merrick and Campbell is being produced on a larger scale than the Bonzers of yesteryear, making them more readily available to an entirely new generation of surfers. “It’s quite something to have our logo next to the CI logo,” Campbell says. “This model is the culmination of 30 years of work and it’s a chance to get the Bonzer out there to a larger group of people.
When Reynolds signed on as a test pilot for 2016’s “Stab in the Dark”—a video contest wherein 13 shapers create unmarked boards for a top professional to ride and review without any preconceived notions of who built them—Britt Merrick of Channel Islands and Malcolm Campbell shaped him a 6’0″ x 19-1/8″ x 2-1/5″ Bonzer for the contest. Why?
Parker is one of many new converts, and with a few months of Bonzer testing now under his belt, I asked him if he was still as enamored with the design as he was in Hawaii, and how often he’d been riding it. “A lot, actually,” says Parker. “That board is so drivey.
The board, called the Bonzer 5 Shelter, is a new model from Channel Islands, although it’s built on the foundation of a decades-old design originally dreamed up by Oxnard, California-based shapers Malcolm and Duncan Campbell in the ’70s.
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