Bonzer Archaeology: 1990’s Bonzer/Thruster

Recently I spotted this orange egg sticking out of the bushes at my neighbors house.  I got excited when I saw the iconic Campbell Brothers logo so I trespassed and dug it out.


It’s a rare Bonzer/Thruster!


Extra rare because this board was built with the now defunct Red-X fin system.


The best part of pulling old surfboards out of the bushes are all the creepy spiders and insects stuck to it.
Lots of little dings, but nothing major.


Red-X was unique in that it went all the way thru the board and screwed in from the deck. It was pretty strong but most people hated it.


Nice outline!


Here are the dims. 7’3″ x 21 1/4″ x 2 13/16′


The Campbell Bros Bonzer concaves work insane on thrusters.



1990’s  Malcolm Campbell logo.


I had Randy the Ding Guy do a clean up and patch job. You may see me riding it this week.


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  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2013

    Red-X were terrible
    looks like a fun board. great find and a worthy trespass.

  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2013

    Only JP would find a bonzer sticking out of some bushes, and not in some Mafia “it just fell offa truck way”. The last thing I found in the bushes was a dead cat. My life sucks.

  • Lori Malkoff
    November 6, 2013

    great find…outrageously sweet shape and design!!

  • Tim Orr - Pure Life Surfboards Hawaii
    November 6, 2013

    Rad JP, nice score! Get ’em Randy, fix ’em cuz! I’d check the topside plug hole for any separation from the deck & put patches over all the plugs…fixed a few of those over the years Low tide reef can do some major damage on fin systems. I might have an extra set of Red X fins if you need them. Sold my Al Merrick Black Beauty (90’s re-surgance model) recently that had these in it & had to re-install the whole plug. Sweet outline to your board. Great shaper & strong testiment to a solid glassjob!

    • Surfy Surfy
      November 7, 2013

      At Moonlight with Red-X back then we would glass a little football patch cap over the box on the deck. It worked well.
      I have access to a secret stash of Red-X fins if anyone needs them.