Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got something of a rare bird: a Bonzer shaped under the Rick Surfboards label. I got these photos via OfferUp, where the board is still listed for sale.
According to the listing, the Rick bonzer measures in at 6’10” x 19 1/2″ x 2 5/8″. The seller claims the board was shaped in 1975. I’m not sure who shaped it, but it’s a rad example of an unusual shape.
I’ve only seen one other Rick bonzer, which I posted about on Instagram a little while back. See below:
The red Rick Surfboards Bonzer was apparently shaped by Mike Eaton, and Ray Lucke was the sander and did the hot coat, and attached the fins to the board. Duncan Campbell, one of the co-creators of the Bonzer, added some valuable context in the comments. Apparently at this time the Bing and Rick factories were located close to one another, and Mike Eaton was also a close friend to both Bing Copeland and Rick Stoner, which explains Rick Surfboards’ foray into Bonzers. Copeland and Stoner, of course, originally went into business together with the Bing and Rick label, before going their separate ways; and Bing Surfboards helped bring some early Bonzer designs to the masses by partnering with the Campbell Brothers. There’s plenty of overlap between Bing Surfboards, Rick Surfboards, and the Campbell Brothers’ Bonzer design.
The Rick Bonzer that’s currently for sale also comes with an insane fin featuring some original artwork on the side. It’s a killer touch.
And you know I can’t finish this post without including another look at the insane curves on the bottom. The listing for the board can be found here.