Thanks For the Bonzer, Malcolm

by brian lam

From: brian lam
Subject: A bonzer for a surfer hunting for fun but humbled by winter waves and low levels of fitness and experience
Date: March 6, 2011 10:29:57 AM PST
To: malcolm

Hey there Malcolm!

I’m a friend of Brendan Gahan’s, who is a friend of Ian’s. I’m writing because I am wondering if you can help me shape a board that would work for me. To be honest, I haven’t been surfing that often and I’m not that experienced (3 years surfing pretty regularly until a few months ago). I’m 160 pounds and 5.8″, I’ve been transitioning down to shortboards from longboards and a singlefin 7;6″ egg hull, and for short boards, I have had the most success on a gary hanel 5 fin egg shaped that is 6’6″ and 20″ and 2 7/8″. But winter hit, I surfed less often and have less paddle power, and well, the waves got bigger. I’m finding that I am having trouble paddling into things quickly enough when its ledgy,and at all when its mushy. Even though I’ve been on a streak of not catching enough waves, I’m pretty comfortable int he water, and regularly bodysurf 1.5x at ocean beach, sf.

I live and surf ocean beach and the surrounding beach breaks, which means I’ve got ledgy, messy conditions often. I feel as if I’m not standing up as often as I could. Some recommend I get a 6’8″ or 7’2″ and something a little gunny under the conditions I’ve been mentioning, but I really like the way bonzers i’ve ridden feel, and I thought I’d drop you a line before I go that route.

The way I surf now is to hold a line or to go up and down a face with an occasional cutback. Pretty mellow. I just want to get into the ledgier  stuff easier than I have been. I need the time. I know you make high performance boards, so I’m not sure you’ve got an idea for an easy/cheater/glide/flow board for me, but if you do, I’d be excited to ride it and have fun on it.

I realized I needed to reassess my board situation the other week when I surfed pismo pier on a soft top on a mellow day and had more fun than I had in months. I’d love to have that feeling again but with a board that can keep up with Ocean Beach’s ferocious nature.

Cheers! I hope this email finds you in good health and spirits!


From: Malcolm Campbell 
Subject: Re: wheeeeee
Date: September 18, 2011 5:54:25 PM PDT
To: brian lam

Thanks for the picture. I’m glad that you are enjoying the board. Ian Says hello.

Take care,

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