International Surfboard Builders Hall Of Fame Inductee Details
For: Tom Morey
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In 1946, at the age of 11, he came in second in the Green Valley Lake Paddle board Championships. He began board surfing in 1952. In April 1955 he wake-surfed (no towrope) behind an ocean-going yacht.

1955-63 Morey was a sponsored surfer for Dave Godart Surfboards, then Dave Sweet, Con, Velzy Jacobs, and finally Dewey Weber. In 1964 he began setting up businesses providing surf boards and inventing technologies for surf boards -
1954 - created the first "concave nose pocket"
1955 - invented something he called the "Wing Tip," a Coaund Lift nose.
1964 - created the first polypropylene fin and first commercial interchangeable fin system.
1965 - used resin impregnated cardboard to make a "paper" surfboard which became a Television Commercial and an August 1966, a full color, two page advertisement in Reader's Digest.[6]
1965 - created the Tom Morey Invitational Nose Riding Championships, first professional surfing contest held at Ventura Point.[7]
1971 - invented the bodyboard, called in those days a Boogie Board after his love of music.
1974-76 - engineered the essence of today's "soft board" manufacturing technology.[8]

He left commercial surfboarding interests in the late 1970s and returned to it in the 1990s.

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Tom Morey started the history of bodyboarding in 1971

Encyclopedia of - bodyboarding

HI Surf Advisory Interview with Tom Morey

 espn video Face Time -- Tom Morey