It took me a couple of surfs to get used to a Bonzer as the rail-to-rail feeling is effortless. The benefits are there. When I'm surfing I use more rail as the Bonzer helps you get on rail quicker and hold it there for longer.
I can really feel the effects of the Bonzer after getting back onto my standard thruster as the effortless transition is compromised.
When you're doing a turn on a surfboard water travels diagonally across the bottom of your board. As the water races across the bottom of a Bonzer, the outside fins deflect it down and back through the tail. Shapers have always looked at the water that escapes off the outside rail as unused energy. The combination of the Bonzer concaves and the long base of the side fins redirect far more water through the tail area than other designs. This maximises the use of the force that is created during turns. You can almost feel the water being squirted out the tail
Bonzers helps you clean up your surfing. It helps you focus on flow, and with the larger centre fin helps the board maintain hold and drive and this also assists in smoothing out your surfing.
I'd say the Bonzer is for anyone who wants to have a different feel in their surfing. Anyone that wants to do more on rail, carving type surfing. To me though, its all about the feeling. It's what keeps us excited when we surf.
When I was given the opportunity to shape Campbell Brothers Bonzers I jumped at it. I believe as a shaper it is important to appreciate different designs and for me the Bonzer is a great design that allows surfers to appreciate progressive surfing with a different feel.
Campbell Brothers Bonzers. Psillakis Surfboards