The 5 fin Bonzer Mini-Merk

In early spring of this year I contacted Malcolm Campbell about shaping me a new Bonzer shortboard that was based on the short, thick and wide shortboards of the 1980’s, but with modern refinements to the rocker and foil. The result was the Mini-Merk and I am stoked.
The Mini-Merk Bonzer5 is glassed with double layer 4 oz S-cloth deck, and single 4 oz S-cloth bottom, with a wetsanded gloss coat. The glass-job is seriously solid. I haven’t been riding any of my other boards all summer, and the Mini-Merk still looks new 5 months later with barely any deck dents and zero dings.
The Mini-Merk is wide and thick for the fat mushy waves I’ve been surfing all summer. The lightweight and flexy bamboo Bonzer fins give this board a performance boost for vertical surfing I can’t get out of my twin and quad Fishes.
The Mini-Merk after it was freshly airbrushed and up front waiting to get glassed. Thanks to my airbrusher Dad for taking the time to tape off all those lines.
The Mini-Merk at Fish Fry 5.
The Mini-Merk dims are: 5’11” length x 20″ width x 2 9/16″
The airbrush was inspired by JM’s jammies.
Ignore my funky looking waxjob, it melted in the car. The little traction pad is by D-Surf.

Some of you may remember seeing the unwaxed and unridden Mini-Merk at the Sacred Craft show in Ventura back in May. The Mini-Merk will be on display in the Surfy Surfy/Moonlight Glassing/Campbell Brothers Bonzer Surfboards booth at Sacred Craft October 10 and 11 if you want to check it out in person.

*Note-Malcolm can shape custom modified versions of the Mini-Merk if you aren’t in love with those wide nose and tail dims.

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  • william morris
    September 28, 2009

    Looks sick but where is the day glo and checkerboards?

  • Anonymous
    September 28, 2009

    Float like a fish carve like a bonzer.

  • e.
    September 28, 2009

    Thumbs up!

  • Erik Hakon Olson (EHO)
    September 28, 2009

    Bitchin’ board JP! Would definately like to see that sometime.

  • Anonymous
    September 28, 2009

    Fummy, I was thinking of a wide bump squash Bonzer of similar dims for mushy East Coast waves, except without the bitchin air brush.


  • cant sleep clown will eat me
    September 29, 2009

    JP is always up to something with new boards lol.

  • Anonymous
    September 29, 2009

    Hey TFAD what is your height and weight just so I can think about the dims I’d wanna get…

  • Surfy Surfy!
    September 29, 2009

    I am 5’7″ and 155 lbs. I can ride thinner and narrower boards but this just clicks better with me.

  • NZ Jeff
    September 30, 2009

    I a lot like it !
    Gimme one 6′ 7” by 20 7/8 and watch out !

  • Rick
    November 19, 2009

    Hey JM, leggo my eggo! My Octa-mini-merk is in progress… can’t wait!