I remember the three fin bonzers were exclusively down the line point break kinds of boards. They were tracky and people kept that perception about them. About two years ago Casey McCrystal came to us and said you've got to try the five fin Bonzers. Casey made me one with a very interesting rocker that he developed for Tim Curran. It was much looser than I recalled. But, it really needs some power to make it light up and you do need to ride them back foot heavy. But, they can redirect on a dime without any tail drift. The first time I snapped a redirect after backdooring a section, I almost went over the top. You've got to be prepared for a major hook up. So, my curiousity was peaked. Malcomb and I started talking about making a Red X set of Bonzer runners. Malcomb gave us a set of masters to make our molds and drew up the installation instructions. He also made me a Bonzer based on my regular template. One of the first things Malcomb told me was that you can make just about any template a Bonzer. I've never ridden a fish style. So, they may ride differently. But, from the boards I've ridden, they need a square wave and a heavy back foot. But, you can get great drive out of them and they will turn so efficiently that you carry all your momentum stright through your turn. And, if you want to through a fast redirect in hang on cause there is no tail slide. Malcomb had us make Red X for his design to make it more accessable to other shapers and easier on the glass shops to install. There has been a lot of new interest in Bonzers this past year. We will just see were it goes.
The E-B5 Elevated Wing Bonzer Five Fin Malcolm and Max McDonald – partners in crime for decades. Max is still shaping, custom only, out of his Santa Barbara shaping facility 805-9638668
La Super Rica- aaahhhhhhhhhh
yep- not a bad place to eat.
La super rica---great place to eat after grooving with the chumash spirits
once I surfed rincon on a cold rainy day with just a couple fellas, there was a friendly guy I talked to- he was a chumash teacher- i knew his uncle from my college years in S.B. it seemed really right to surf rincon with a chumash.afterward we went to La Super Rica. fully classic. we live up north but no trip down south is complete without a visit to the Beach House, Rincon, and La Super Rica
i always feel so much respect for the chumash when out at the islands or other remote areas.they really had calif in it's raw pureness. I also love sea urchin and raw tuna and seaweed salad after surf!!Try it! It's great like ocean ice cream!hahaha
Max is three blocks away on Milpas. He's one of the nicest guys you ever met. I saw him throwing shaka with his Bonzer Longboard on top of his car, huge smile, always optimistic in his approach with customers and their ideas. He's shaping and glassing his own boards. Max, and his stepson James, are doing all the work themselves. Check him out.
Try the posole (usually available as a Sunday special) - it's fairly hot but super tasty, as is practically everything La Super Rica makes. My nephew still remembers the posole from 3 years ago after eating there just once, and what does a 12 year old remember from that far back? I wholeheartedly agree that the Beach House-Super Rica-Rincon are all mandatory stops on any SB trip (I'd also throw Channel Islands in as well, it's right across the street. Also if you have the time try the Wine Cask for dinner - the food and locally produced wines are tops. Looking forward to my next trip this fall already - maybe I should look up Max and order a Bonzer then as well.
I’ll vouch for Max. He had been making the Rocketfish for Clyde Beatty for over ten years before they divorced and went their separate ways. Good, good fellow and board maker. I’ll vouch for La super rica too. There is always a line around the corner.