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Sunny and Surfin' Harlequin (Diamond) RPM XII (or "Sunny" for short)
Background: The Checkered Diamond Bonzer was built during the Winter of 2014, and I accepted delivery on May 14, 2014. This board is influenced by my S&S Checkered RPM series design boards built for me by Austin Saunders; the Laguna-style paipos, with their original influence being the Wally Froiseth paipos of the 1950s and 1960s, and then by Gordon Theisz; and finally, the Campbell Brothers (after all it is a Bonzer!). Robert Moynier is the link between the Laguna and Bonzer influences. The two significant departures from the S&S Checkered RPM series is the wider, squarer tail and the Bonzer bottom and fin system. Additionally, the side fins are placed more forward and there are 4 sidebite fin boxes and one center fin slot (instead of a 2+1 configuration).

A shallow concave begins at the elbow in the nose rocker and transitions to deepening twin shallow concaves beginning at the leading edge of the forward runners to a deeper 7/16" concaves at the tail tip (pod) of the board.


Vital Statistics:

Length 50"  [total length of board]
Width 20-3/8"  [widest point of board, 26-1/2 inches from nose]
Mid point width 20-3/8"  [widest point of board, 25 inches from nose]
Nose 17-3/4"  [width 12" from nose]
Tail 19"  [width 12" from tail tip]
Pod 15-1/2"  [one inch from the bottom]
Flyers n/a  [distance from tail]
Thickness  1-7/8, thinner in twin concaves
Rocker, nose 2"  [board flat on surface, vertical inches]
Rocker, tail 7/8"  [board flat on surface, vertical inches]
Weight 7.8 lbs. with 4 runners and 6" center fin; 7.0 lbs without fins
Stringer(s) 3/16" cedar
Material construction: Green foam. 2 layers of fiberglass, 8oz & 6oz, on both the deck and the bottom. 1 layer on top & bottom to be "S" cloth and the other layer, "E" cloth.
Fin(-s) Five fins, thruster arrangement; Fins Unlimited center box with FCS-compatible side bite Bonzer runners.
Rails Eggy turned over forward and hard to the rear, a little less tucked-under through the middle section than with RPM.
Glass job Moonlight Glassing
Designed by: Multiple influences but final specifications by Rod Rodgers
Shaped by: Malcolm Campbell of Campbell Brothers Surfboards
Glassed by: Moonlight Glassing 
Builder Campbell Brothers Surfboards
Notes:  Robert Moynier is to blame for taking this fork in the road of the paipo experience!!! See pictures of the board here.

Fins/Skegs and Fin Boxes

Fins/Skegs
(in inches)
Center Fin Runners
Forward
Runners
Aft
Manufacturer True Ames
True Ames True Ames
Model Bonzer (AA16)
Bonzer Runners set of 4 (BR03
and BR02), Hexcore resin & glass, FCS compatible (lighter than normal glass/resin fins), canted.
Design Bonzer
Base length (h) 4-7/8
4-3/4
5-1/2
Height (v) 6
2-1/8
2-3/4
Diagonal length (v) 9-1/8
5-3/8
6-3/8
Leading edge of fin to tail tbd
19
14
Distance between fins (center line)
n/a 16-3/4 14-3/4
Notes: I will be experimenting with center fin placement relative to the trailing edge of the aft runners, the size of the fin (6" and 7" Bonzer center fins) and other center fins in the 4.5" to 5" range.
Center Fin

Runners
Forward
Runners
Aft
FCS

Rainbow Fin
Company (RFC)

True Ames

PC-5 Blue H-comb



Unknown design
Custom



Unknown design
Bonzer Runners (BR03)


Bonzer
4-1/4 2-1/4 4-3/4
4-1/2 2-1/4 2-1/8
7-1/4 3-1/2 5-3/8
9-1/16

16 13-1/2
n/a

17 14-3/4
Notes: This is the configuration that is working well for me in everyday surf. I could see chasing some of the Sunset Beach monsters out at the Outer Wash using the 4-1/2 center fin with the quad set of Bonzer runners but the current setup is a good way to start.


Fins/Skegs
(in inches)
Center Fin Runners
Forward
Runners
Aft
     
Center Fin Runners
Forward
Runners
Aft
Manufacturer FCS
True Ames
FCS
True Ames
Model PC-5 Blue H-comb

Bonzer Runners (BR03)
PC-5 Blue H-comb

Bonzer Runners (BR03)
Design

Bonzer

Bonzer Bonzer
Base length (h) 4-1/4
4-3/4
4-1/4
4-3/4
Height (v) 4-1/2
2-1/8
4-1/2
2-1/8
Diagonal length (v) 7-1/4
5-3/8
7-1/4
5-3/8
Leading edge of fin to tail 9-1/16
13-1/2
9-1/16
13-1/2
Distance between fins (center line) n/a

14-3/4
n/a

14-3/4
Notes: 








These specifications were adapted from the "Catalogue Specifications" used by Pods for Primates. A copy with additional details and diagrams may be accessed here [PDF format].  The current version may be obtained at http://www.surfresearch.com.au/.

[Spec Sheet for your paipo]


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