Tim Stafford Surfboards

Mostly bonzer inspired creations, made in Cornwall. Designed, shaped, glassed, sanded, finned and finished by Tim Stafford.

I make boards that are easy to ride, that feel natural under foot. Most aren't conventional but they will help you reach that point where you stop thinking about what's under your feet and start to focus on where you want to go and how you want to get there. Why bonzers?

Always happy to chat about your needs and what would work for you but please initiate contact by email or Facebook... details on www.timstaffordsurfboards.com | Ride and glide.

Friday 30 September 2011


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6’4 x 20 3/4” x 27/8” Atlantic POD, double pinlines, bonzer runners in American Ash, FCS EVO6 rear setup, cheek-flextail.

I set up this board as an EVO6 exclusively as my last Atlantic POD i rarely put a centre fin in to ride it as an EVO5… it surfed so much better as a 6 fin so this one is no compromise.

Review coming soon.

Tuesday 27 September 2011

just bonzers digit-ill

Fresh digit-ills from the Borderlands…

To go with left hand finger dislocation (still healing) I add two from the right hand – one fractured the other bruised ligaments/tendons – following a bumpy trip on a sketchy, hightide Sunday, when everyone else had got out because it was too shallow and close to the rocks!


Was a great session on the woody Cleanline though… and not a scratch on it – that board is SO tough.

Friday 23 September 2011

The Joker, finished…

9’2” x 22 7/8” x 3”. Resin tint with clear nose inlay. Resin “cigar band” with metallic and double pinlines. Wood bonzer EVO5/6 runners in American Ash for positive buoyancy. FCS EVO6 or single fin 10” box for a more traditional ride.

Shovel flex nose with a teardrop concave, through into rolled V in the middle and double concave with bonzer feeders exiting the narrow square tail. Soft rails through to hard.

This board has taken some time – the resin bands alone being a bit of a labour of love…  it’s complex, it’s complicated, it flies in the face of fashion and their is a lot for people to get their head around. My favourite board ever (and its a longboard!) I love it…

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Thursday 22 September 2011

5’8” Spinner flextail bonzer fish

FOR SALE SOLD This board was made for the European Fish Fry. 5’8” x 20 1/4” x 2 5/8” flextail. New EVO4 Fish set up with American Ash Medium front runners and the new TS Foil LokBox cutaway keel-fish fins… Bernoulli double concaves throughout and bonzer feeder channels between the fins… Metallic copper/bronze deck and rails, clear bottom, double pinlines both sides and a full gloss and polish to finish it all off.

This has probably been one of the most complex boards I have done, at every stage from the shaping of the concaves and the tail through to glassing with the metallic pigment and the sanding issues that always follow with reverse laps… the results however I am really pleased with. Big thanks to Adam for help with the LokBox, Daz for sanding an polishing and Chris for the pinlines.

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The board should fly in everything from waist to a bit overhead and has the wave catching and speed of a fish, but manoeuvrability of a high performance shortboard… Full reviews coming soon if someone doesn't snap it up.

Show price special of £550 (£650 normally with this combination of finish and fins)

Wednesday 21 September 2011

New Porpoise

FOR SALE: The New Porpoise which I shaped for the Fish Fry. 6’0 x 22” x 2 5/8” Bernoulli single into double concave with bonzer feeder concave channels. New EVO4 Fish set up with American Ash Medium front runners and the new TS Foil LokBox cutaway keel-fish fins… the fins will add a huge amount of extra drive through the tail and when combined with the flatish tail rocker this board will really fly. Gloss and polish, double pinlines both sides.

The artwork reflects some things on my mind I guess… this March I was about to get on a plane to the Mentawais ; Ant and I had just got to the airport at 5am after driving through the night… and thought (obviously) “why not, we’re on holiday…beer!”… and then the disaster unfolded on the screens in front of us as we sat at the bar, later with Fukushima. It had a profound effect on me… and I guess this board was just my acknowledgement of this. The orcas crept in as I had recently found out that dead Orcas have to be treated as hazardous waste when they die as the blubber is so contaminated… So my thoughts are with all those in Japan… and with our cetacean friends.

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Get it quick before I can’t resist waxing it up for a wetting… show price of £650 with an extra discount if it is going to Japan or to anyone with anything to do with cetaceans. Looks like this one is on its way to Japan, which is so perfectly fitting. But if it falls through for any reason express your interest now and I’ll get in touch.

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Alfresco fry

Before the rain… more pics to follow from inside.

2 x Royal Surfboards


Nathan Bennet’s 4’ not-a-lots”


Fluid Juice Fish


More Royal




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9’0 Joker/ 5’8 Spinner/ 6’0 New Porpoise/ 6’4 FreakFish… I’ll do the full photo set for each board once the rain stops!

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Sunday 18 September 2011

frying time…


Fish Fry this Saturday was great despite the on-shores and showers… full run down of some of the boards to follow… in the interim here is a quick overview of my lay-out before the rain set in and we moved up into the pub.

Sad farewell to Rob Lion of Royal Surfboards who organised the whole affair. I’ll miss his positivity energy. He’s back in the Bahamas by now helping with clean-up post hurricanes and then off to California to bring his eclectic shapes to the west coast.

Friday 16 September 2011

Frying tomorrow…

Fish Fry tomorrow – 11am on at Crackies… the original Freakfish EVO6 here getting its make-over before its big day…


I’d almost forgotten how vibrant that foam stain was.

Thursday 15 September 2011

How to export pack a bonzer…

  1. Double walled 6mm cardboard box – custom ordered to smallest size to keep freight as low as possible (they base it volume: w x h x d)
  2. Line with 1” eps on all sides; double layer nose and tail…
  3. Block pack around bonzer runners with EPS
  4. Bubble wrap board and insert… pack ALL gaps with more EPS…