My Beautiful Bonzer

A few months ago I got a new surfboard, which is nothing too surprising in itself, but this one was a little special, and has a pretty good story to it. First off, it’s a Bonzer, the first I’ve ever owned. The Bonzer “design” is a particular combination of fins and bottom contours that was developed […]

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Surf Simply Podcast, Episode 20

For those of you who don’t know, I co-host and produce the Surf Simply Podcast, which is a surf talk radio show in which we try to take a lighthearted, but also more cerebral look and the surf world. Here is the latest episode in which Ru Hill, Asher King and myself, return after an extended break and catch […]

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What do your Fins Do?

Surfboard fins are wonderful, beautiful objects. Works of art have been made from them, and we’re told they can do amazing things to the performance of our surfboards. Hours can be spent trying to decide between different sizes, shapes and flex patterns, and companies like FCS and Futures spend huge amounts of money developing and […]

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Surf Simply Podcast, Episode 19

For those of you who don’t know, I co-host and produce the Surf Simply Podcast, which is a surf talk radio show in which we try to take a lighthearted, but also more cerebral look and the surf world. Here is the latest episode in which Ru Hill, Oli Davies and myself, talk about surf etiquette, Duke Kahanamoku, […]

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How A Surfboard Works

It’s a funny one to think about, but do you actually know why your board shoots you forward across the face of a wave? Most people don’t think about their board in this way, even the sort of person who does take note of tail shapes and concaves, is often not aware of the actual physics that […]

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Hull Speed

I was having a conversation the other day about the various merits of a longer surfboard. As I’ve discussed before, a bigger board with more volume will always paddle a bit quicker, but this got me wondering if the length of a surfboard might affect the paddle speed as well.  There is a well known theory in […]

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