Moonshine’s glassman, Evan Ledger, dives into the creation of a modern Bonzer template, inspired by an iconic piece of West Australian surf history.
This isn’t just any board – it’s a reimagining of a classic made by Mick Manolis supposedly under the Campbell Brothers' license, who were know to have introduced and developed the Bonzer design.
“As soon as I surfed it, I knew I wanted to replicate it” 


The original, with its tightly angled side fins, flat deck and double concave offers the rider both speed and control. The board’s underside is crafted to complement the fin setup, channeling water smoothly and effectively through the tail.
Recognising the original Bonzer’s fleeting life, Evan and Jack decided to craft a new board inspired by its archetypal design features, blending the classic elements with Moonshine’s unique signature style.
The new Bonzer isn’t a mere copy but a thoughtful evolution.
While the old board's super-flat profile delivered incredible drive, the reimagined version will sport more rocker aiming to retain the essence of the original while adding subtle tweaks that enhance performance without stripping away its soul.
“It’ll be modernised but hopefully not too much”
Attention to detail is key in this venture. Evan finishes the board with a heavy cut lap on the deck, matching the aesthetics of his red Moonshine quiver.
It's not just about looks; it's about preserving the Bonzer’s unique surfing experience, emphasising how this design allows for extended bottom turns and a feeling of always being connected to the wave.

“The amount of drive from the Bonzer really suits how I want to surf, which is a great feeling” 
The new Bonzer template is set to blend the old with the new, paying homage to its roots while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in modern surfboard shaping.
For those who surf, it promises a ride that’s both a nod to the past and a leap into the future – a board crafted not just for the waves of today but for the legacy of surfing itself.
You can watch The making of Bonzer here.