The earliest Morey Boogie Boards were shaped by Tom in his backyard. After many attempts, his creativity led him to come up with inventive processes involving glue, tape, newspaper, and foam. On July 7th 1971, the first iteration of the bodyboard was created. Designed exactly as he envisioned, he constructed a four and a half foot surf craft, with a square nose to hold onto. The board was wide for optimal strength and included a sharp trailing edge to cut into the wave face.
As the sport became more popular, Morey continued to develop different bodyboards with new technologies and designs keeping versatility and performance in mind. One of Morey’s more notable innovations include the winger rails which helped riders loosen up their turns and allow for better precision. The dimpled bottom design feature in later models aimed to mimic boats and submarines, generating more speed by gliding over air bubbles. The crescent tail became a prominent design featured in many boards as it is favorable for drop knee riding. The innovations and contributions introduced by Morey greatly advanced the sport of bodyboarding. With its widespread popularity and growing community, it is clear that his legacy continues on even today.
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