I’ve never really been a thruster fan until this summer. I’ve had a couple thrusters back in the day that I liked, and the only one that stands out to me is a Source thruster.  Even that was only in big Santa Cruz waves and even then it felt slow to me compared to my quads.

There are three things that have contributed to me becoming a thruster fan
1. Lighter physical weight
2. Bonzers
3. AM2s.

There’s a reason why so many people use these fins; they are just great all arounders with the perfect combination of drive and release. I can’t say whether the AM1s for lightweights and the AM3s for the big guys work as well but I would venture that they would. Say what you want about CI (I have) but you can’t deny that Al knows what he’s doing.

Shit, I recently acquired two boards with FCS2 and even though they are backwards-compatible with the old fins I went ahead and bought the same AM2 set in FCS2. I am using them in 3 different Coil thrusters and don’t even have a itch to experiment with anything else.


Base: 4.55″ / 116mm
Depth: 4.52″ / 115mm
Area: 14.89″² / 9608mm²
Sweep: 36.6º
Foil: Flat

Base: 4.34″ / 110mm
Depth: 4.41″ / 112mm
Area: 13.72″² / 8852mm²
Sweep: 35.0º



Sometimes, despite all my preaching about small quivers and daily drivers the allure of surfboards gets the best of me. I also think I’m like a child always gravitating towards the newest toy. There is a surfboard on hold for me right now that I feel bad making wait any longer, so my whole quiver is for sale.

At first the Windigo Bonzer was for sale, but I didn’t really get any bites and I actually don’t want to sell it that much.  That’s really how I feel about all of my boards; I don’t want to get rid of them, but I want the next big thing.

Why don’t I just keep all of them and buy it anyway?  I will end up with a garage full of surfboards and feel bad for the ones that don’t get ridden, and besides, the wife won’t be stoked on a garage full of surfboards.

So anyway, if anyone is interested in any of the boards I’ve reviewed on this blog or anything else I may have drop me a line and let’s make a deal.

Board for Sale- 5-9 Windigo Bonzer Surfboard by Barry Snyder – $375

I’m probably going to regret doing this but up for sale is a 5-9 x 19.5 x 2.38 Windigo J-Rob model with a Bonzer 5 fin setup. I really want to keep it but I have gone off the rails on my Minimalist Quiver idea and the boards are starting to overflow the racks. Also, I somehow have gotten wild about thrusters, something that I have never been into before.

Most Bonzers are glass-on, but this one was built with a FCS setup for easy traveling.

It has only been ridden 5 times, and is basically pristine besides wax. Barry Snyder is a master shaper that does everything by himself, by hand. I just have too much overlap in this segment of my quiver so it has to go. This board will be the fastest board you own.

Asking $375 which is a steal. Board was $450, Bonzer center fin was $50, and the FCS Bonzer side fins were $100 for a total of 6 bills.

Buy it before I change my mind!

Here’s what Barry has to say about this surfboard

Wide Point Forward (WPF)
Wide point is up 3 1/2″. Super curvy.
This board is a throw back to the time when
front footed surfing was in. Steering with your front foot
and getting barreled deep.
The WPF is the most versatile board in the range. It has a high amount of volume under the chest which enables it to paddle like a dream. The way you surf the WPF is on the open face, where you draw fast flowing lines.

The outline resembles an old school twin fin in the nose, yet it draws back to a tight rounded pin tail. The wider straighter outline up front will give you plenty of speed, yet the round pin tail allows you to turn tight in the pocket.

The rocker is flat throughout, although there is a little extra lift in the entry, which helps when taking off late or turning in the steeper sections of the wave. The design of the rocker is focused around speed! You will find you will make sections that you never expect to make.

The foil has plenty of volume around the chest and center area of the board, yet it refines out to a thinner, pinched rail to keep the board connected to the wave.The concave runs from a rolled vee in the entry to a slight single blending into a vee double out the tail which gives the board great speed and control from rail to rail.

You will enjoy riding it from small average conditions to clean long barreling point breaks.

Bonzer- The Bonzer is a 3- or 5- array invented by the Campbell brothers in Oxnard, California in the early 1970s for the powerful waves of a well-known wave near their home. The Bonzer array is an approximately 7″ center fin aft and either two or four delta-shaped fins (“runners”) mounted near the rails in somewhat similar fashion to other rail fins, but they are substantially lower aspect and aggressively canted outward. The Bonzer array is firmly held to be an integral part of the Campbell brothers’ overall board design featuring double concave bottom contours out the tail.

Combined with the outline is modern bottom contours and rails.

4th of July Weekend Swell

I’m waiting to see whether this thing coming is just going to be hype or if we are actually going to get some waves out of it.  Regardless of what the wave quality will be, I can guarantee that it is going to be a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

I hope its not actually big because there’s no way I’ll be bringing out my nice Campbell Brothers Board in this coming mess.

Just to see exactly how bad it is, I’m planning on going to Trestles on Sunday.  Should be ground zero for critical mass of clusterfuckery for the whole West Coast.  I will report my findings next week