Notes from the underground-
“a comment on my latest baby. was sitting on the couch reading TSJ and noticed simon anderson’s comment about that bzrs have had their day and lost or something like that. now i’ve had a bonzer semi-gun for a few months but really hadn’t had the chance to get the real feel of the design. this quote got me up off the couch (no disrespect to simon. i’ve grown up on thrusters and love them) and since there was some chest high junk down the street i waxed up the new bee to go find out for myself.
blown away by the speed. loved the hold. been rididing fish and singles mostly the past year or so and all of a sudden i felt i could do a full speed round-o again but better and cleaner than on a thruster. no double pump back to the white water. just put it on rail and voooooooooooom. i could hear it.
more surprising is when i snapped a section and let the tail slide down the face a bit. wasn’t expecting that at all but liked the feel of the recovery with the big fin.
came home and the wife asked how it went. my answer- felt like i was surfing like a man.
warm jetApril 27, 2006
“True love will find you in the end”.
Rok on JP!
It is such a nice thing to get back on superior equipment again!
I don’t even break out my single anymore, it’s just not as fun for me!
Simon pissed me off too when I read that!
Wonder how our creator feels about it?
One more thing.
He mentioned it without any talk of the five fin, I think!
Anyway I’m sick and tired,as I’m sure are you, of people talking of bonzers referring to some old Bing design
flawed tank! (I actually have one of those too and i like it)
When was the last time you saw a five fin in the design forum of a surf mag?
Nice to hear that story JP, I wish I had a bee too but I got too thin out the fleet first!
RealezaApril 27, 2006
ah, don’t take it personal. quads had their run too, and now everyone is making one… sometimes i guess it takes a while for peole to accept good design as good design.
more power to you.
about to experiment w/ building my 1st bonzer…
as always, thanks for the stoke
billyApril 27, 2006
you found chest high surf? This week?
J.P.April 27, 2006
Somewhere I have an Australian surf magazine from the mid 90’s (ASL or Waves???) where Simon pays the 5 fin Bonzer a nice compliment.
I wouldn’t worry about what Simon says, heh.
AnonymousApril 27, 2006
I took Simon’s comment as meaning the Bonzer didn’t succeed in terms of mass acceptance at that time. No real judgement on the design on his part.
It does make a good straw man though for a good exposition on what makes bonzers so damn great.
AnonymousApril 28, 2006
Simon’s comment was that the “bonzer had it’s day and failed”.
No treading lightly here, he’s just
I’m sure there’s lots of politics and
history at work in his comment.
He is also a super mainstream guy these days from what that article has to say.(lives in Newport beach)
I believe his days of open mindness are long gone.
Of course he will allways be resistant
to the bonzer (even with occasional
side stepping niceties) he’s the “inventor of the thruster” and we should all give him a dollar!