These e-wing 5 fin Bonzer longboards are a lot of work to make. From handshaping this board with a Skil 100 planer to the final screen pass, to taping off the laps and glassing that e-wing with a tint. Making and glassing on the bamboo fins. Sanding the e-wing, concaves and fins. Glossing and then polishing. They are worth it because nothing fulfills a certain kind of surf lust than one of these puppies. Yeeessss.
The lovely Ms. Surfy Surfy 2009, Maggie Marsek shot this sequence of me last month surfing my new Mandala 5 fin stubbie. My legs gave out at the end of the sequence (that is the way the cookie crumbles) but overall I’m pretty stoked on this board.
Back story: Manolo Caro loaned me one of his personal 2+1 stubs and I liked it a lot, but the little sidebite fins had a habit of breaking loose and sliding out on cutbacks. I recalled the wise words of Duncan Campbell’s who once told me that the 5 fin Bonzer system can improve any surfboard, so I had Mani shape me a replica of the 2+1 but utilizing Bonzer siderunners instead.
This board does not have a Bonzer bottom, it’s not a Bonzer per se, but the siderunners did cure the cutback issue I was having with the 2+1. I had Marlin Bacon of 101 Fin Co make me a full set of bamboo glass-ons. Mani wanted me to get a center box so I could try different fins, but I felt committed on this board. The center fin is not a Bonzer fin either, it’s a copy of the one in Mani’s 2+1. It’s a fairly large fin for a guy who is 5’7″ and 150 lbs, but the wave I surf this board at regularly is a semi-closeout, so the idea is to drive hard off that big center fin and use the bamboo flex/twang to race to the end section. I love it when a plan comes to together.
Mandala Stubbie 5-fin
5’11” length 20.25″ width 2-3/8″ thickness
Golden mustard airbrush by Peter St.Pierre
Glass-on bamboo fins.
4 oz s-cloth glassing. Wetsanded gloss finish.
Maggie Marsek website
Maggie Marsek blog
Mandala Surfboards website
101 Fin Co.
Moonlight Glassing (order one!)