Channel Islands Bonzer Shelter Review

What the Channel Islands Surfboards site says about the Bonzer Shelter:

‘”Since 1969 only a few miles and some of California’s best point breaks separated Al Merrick and The Campbell Brothers, Malcolm and Duncan. Unbeknown to most, Al and Malcolm began working together in 1985, when Malcolm came on board and shaped for Al/CI for over 20 years. now 30 years on, a design offering is born out of that experience and mutual respect.

The Shelter model is our contemporary Bonzer 5 shortboard. It’s name was inspired by the 2001 film, Shelter by Chris Malloy and Moonshine Conspiracy. We provided a 6’2″ and a 6’4″ for the film. The boards were ridden by Taylor Knox, Donovan Frankenreiter, and a cast of visiting surfers. The Shelter is primarily a squash tail, and can be custom ordered with a swallow, round pin, or thumb tail. It is a versatile board that works well in all conditions.

When deciding on size, go with your favorite dimensions, taking in consideration the conditions and type of waves you anticipate using the board for. Utilizing the Bonzer 5 system, which we have developed and refined over the last 34 years, the Shelter provides quick easy rail to rail transition, and unparalleled drive out of turns. It also maintains speed exceptionally well through cutbacks, and has been known to have an uncanny ability to navigate through the barrel. We have been working for years toward getting the Bonzer fully into the mix at the highest levels; with CI that time has come. Have at it and enjoy the Bonzer Experience.” -Malcolm and Duncan Campbell

The goal of this dynamic collaboration is to bring the Bonzer, one of surfing’s most unique and original designs, to the forefront and to continue CI’s tradition of surfers building quality surfboards.’

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

What people are saying about it:

“The Shelter Bonzer is a collaboration of the Campbell Brothers and Channel Islands Surfboards… A contemporary Bonzer 5 shortboard named after the 2001 film by Chris Malloy and Moonshine Conspiracy.” – Down The Line Surf Co.

“Good shape mixed with bad finish.” – Maxence Gaude on Facebook

“That’s a keeper.” – user location999 on Instagram

“Beauty!!” – cishoesbrasil on Instagram

“I was lucky enough to get a hp Bonzer 5 from Malcom.. Malcom handshapes these beauties.. You need to adjust your style (think long turns from behind the peak and into the pocket) and position your fin correctly then it’s just pure magic!! Thank you Malcom!” – user MrRobotazation on YouTube

“I was not expecting the Bonzer to be this high performance either…. I really enjoyed it but the Sampler is still my favorite.” – Luke Armstrong on YouTube

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