CAMPELL BROTHERS BONZERS

Past, Present and Future come together in every Campbell Brothers three and five fin Bonzer, creating a dimension of timeless performance and enjoyment. The past is expressed through 46 years of shaping experience, and focused contemplation of surfboard design. The present is represented by absolute state of the art shaping, top quality glassing, as well as our interaction with many of the world’s top surfers. The future manifests in the Bonzer’s opened ended performance capabilities, still yet to be fully realized. Simply put, the Bonzer is the most futuristic surfboard design on the planet.

Malcolm Campbell has been coming to Portugal for the past 8 years to shape boards with Manuel Antunes in Aveiro. Bonzers shaped by Malcolm Campbell can be  ordered once a year between June and August. Since 2016 Manuel Antunes is shaping Campbell Brothers year round in Portugal. Contact us for you custom order or check our stock. 

AUGUST 2017: Malcolm is coming back to Portugal in the beginning of September 2017. Contact us now for your custom order. 

 
 
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OCTAFISH

It looks a bit like a Fish, but has a wider range of performance. The Octafish features the Elevated Wing. The E-Wing is a design innovation created by Max McDonald. The Campbell Brothers have incorporated it in many of their shapes since 1988. The E-Wing enables the Octafish to get up and down the wave face more vertically and quickly than a traditional Fish. Powered by the Bonzer 5 fin system, this board surfs equally well frontside and backside. The Octafish bridges the gap between a fish and a contemporary shortboard, and has great all-around small to medium wave performance.

Recommended size: 5’6″ x 20 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ to 6’5″ x 22″ x 3″

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RUSS SHORT

This was the most popular Bonzer shape during the mid to late 70’s. Russ Short, Duncan, Cliff Collinge and Malcolm all rode slight variations of this template during the time. This model was pushed to the limit in all types of waves and proved to be a very versatile high performance surfboard. The Russ Short model is used mostly with the 3 fin set up, but can incorporate the 5 fin system as well. The Russ Short model works well as a diamond, round or swallow tail.

Recommended size: 6’2″ x 14 1/2″ x 19 3/4″ 14″ to 7’2″ x 21 1/2″
 

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MINI BONZER LIGHT VEHICLE

The Mini Bonzer Light Vehicle (MBLV) is designed to be mainly a sub six foot board, although it can be made up to 6’4” or so for some bigger guys. The name comes from the fact that it utilizes the Bonzer Light Vehicle bottom which was first designed in 1977; and yes it is mini. The MBLV is a Bonzer 3, as that is what the original Bonzer Light Vehicle was. This board has great speed, maneuverability, and control. The tail isn’t super wide, which gives the MBLV good versatility. It Surfs frontside and backside equally well, and will handle some pretty solid waves for it’s size. It’s a great little wave catcher as well. 

Recommended size: 5’4” x 20.5” x 2.5″ to 6’2″ x 21.5″ x 3”

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ALPHA OMEGA

The Alpha Omega is a Bonzer Twin Fin, built the first time during the Fall-Winter season of 1977-78. It was made for Duncan, and he put it through it’s paces in everything from knock around surf, to way overhead top to bottom tubes at Silverstrand Beach. That board was our offering to the emerging Twin Fin craze inspired by the incredible surfing of Mark Richards.  The template was based on what MRwas doing, and we combined it with our Bonzer Light Vehicle bottom design. With a combination of jest and bravado, it was named it the Alpha Omega. The bottom is the Bonzer Light Vehicle design and the fins are very similar to the template MR used back in the day. The response to the 21 st century A/O has been pretty amazing. Simply put; it is a supercharged twin fin. Dave Rastovich demonstrated the A/O’s performance capabilities at Off The Walla couple of seasons back. If you like Twin fins, you’ll get a charge out of the Alpha Omega.

Recommended size: 5’8” x 19 3/4” x 2 1/2” to 6’4” x 21” x 2 7/8”

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SHELTER

This is the contemporary high performance Bonzer 5 fin. The name comes from the Malloy Brother’s film “Shelter”. The Campbell Brothers made some green boards that were ridden by Taylor Knox and Donovan Frankenreiter in the film. The Shelter board works well with swallow, squash or round tails. When getting your first Shelter board, or any contemporary Bonzer, it is best to order your favorite dimensions. This will allow you to more easily understand and feel what the Bonzer fins and bottom designs are doing.

Recommended size: Order just as you would a contemporary short board.

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BUMBLEBEE

The Bumblebee is a replica of one of the shapes that Duncan and Malcolm rode between 1973 and 1978. It is designed to be ridden shorter than the average board. It has a wide arc tail, about 9 1/4″ to 10 1/4″ from corner to corner. Most people ride them the same size you would ride a “fish”. The Bumblebee rides equally well frontside and backside. It is very fast and works in a wide variety of waves.

Recommended size: 5’6″ x 20 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ to 6’5″ x 22″ x 3″

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MINI MERK

The Mini Merk is a performance shortboard with dimensions more akin to the mid 80’s to early 90’s. If you are looking for shortboard performance, but would like more foam, this might be what the doctor ordered. The Mini Merk has mild nose rocker and a trim beaked nose. This makes for a great paddling, speedy short board. It is primarily a thumb tail, but can be ordered with squash, round and swallow tails. The Mini Merk utilizes the Bonzer 5 fin system. The board Rob Machado is riding in the Chile film clip is a mini Merk.

Recommended size: 5’10” X 19 1/2” x 2 3/8” to 6’6” x 21” x2 3/4”

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MINI BONZER 5

The Mini B5 has the same template and rocker as the MBLV, but uses the B5 fin setup and the standard Bonzer 5 bottom design. The differences between the Mini B5 and the MBLV are small. The MBLV is a little more smooth and drivey, and the Mini B5 a tad quicker off the top, with a bit more pivot. Both boards are equally fast.

Recommended size: 5’4” 20.5” x 2.5” to 6’2” 21.5” x 3”

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EGG

The Bonzer egg has evolved from the eggs of the early 70’s. They combine the best attributes of past, present and future. The Campbell Brothers make a wide range of them using mostly the 5 fin set up. They will work in many types of waves. Bonzer eggs utilize round, diamond and squash tails.

Recommended size: 5’10” x 19 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ to 8’0″ x 22 1/2″ x 3″

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THE POD

This board looks like a seed pod. It has a flat rocker and a wide nose and tail. It differs from the eggs in that the tail is wider than the nose. The Pod uses the 5 fin system which makes it a unique combination of Bonzer past and present. The flat rocker of the Pod makes it get up and go in small weak waves. It also works well in point type surf, but the flatter rocker can reduce its ability to change directions quickly in hollow waves.

Recommended size: 5’10” x 20 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ to 6’8″ x 21 1/2″ x 3″

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LONGBOARD

The Campbell Brothers Longboards are generally a bit more of a high performance type longboard. The basic template is a slight variation from Billy Hamilton. It's mainly made with the Bonzer 5 fin system, and often incorporate the Elevated Wing. The EB5, Elevated Wing Bonzer 5 has proven to be a very good ‘hotdog’ longboard. In terms of maneuverability, it surfs a few inches shorter than the boards without the wing. People have been enjoying the EB5 since 1988, and we’re sticking with it.

Recommended size: Personal preference

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GUN

Yeah, what to say about this one... You know. 

Recommended size: Personal preference