The Bonite was named after a mispronunciation of the Portuguese expression for "good night", boa noite, a phrase Chipiron sous-shaper Damien Marly has been obsessed with due to a recurring dream he has about falling asleep in Adriano de Souza’s arms, a dream that started in 2013.
While de Souza is as yet to ride a Chipiron in WSL competition, and is also said to have blocked Marly on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, nevertheless Marly remains a huge fan of the 2014 World Champ and describes the short Brazilian as, “My rock. My still point in an ever-turning world.”
The Bonite model is popular with some of the finest French pro surfers on the scene, and Adrien Toyon, who claimed the speed of the Bonite is one of the finer things he’d experienced since watching the 1994 movie Speed, starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.
“I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just cause it smells a bit like sperm” - Cate Blanchett
Speed actually won two Academy Awards, which sounds great, until you read the fine print and realise they’re perhaps the two worst ones: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Talk about back-handed compliment!
While Bullock’s career has largely gone off the boil since ‘94, Chipiron surfboards have gone from strength to strength, and continue to simmer like an expensive copper-bottomed saucepan with a glass lid on, containing equal parts wholemeal rice and water, on an induction heater turned down to 2 or 3 (from 10).
Earlier this year, Cate Blanchett told Vogue Australia: “Sandy Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial and it’s something – I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just cause it smells a bit like sperm – there’s some enzyme in it so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial."
Shaper: Damien Marly
Set up: Twin
We recently visited the Chipiron factory, which, whilst being located very near Carwyn Williams’ Surf House, doesn’t smell in any way of sperm; polyester resin was in fact the principle odour. Lots of it. There is a microbrewery nearby too, which smelt of hops.
You can’t order a facial at Chipiron Surfboards, as far as we know, but you can get a mighty fine custom-order surfboard, as far as we know.