Surf Hall of Fame: the inventor behind the Boogie Board

In a short career he has pioneered one of the most successful products of all time. Morey developed the surfboard-mounted board hop on a pair of chain-wood raingear boards and over his illustrious career…

Surf Hall of Fame: the inventor behind the Boogie Board

In a short career he has pioneered one of the most successful products of all time. Morey developed the surfboard-mounted board hop on a pair of chain-wood raingear boards and over his illustrious career as a sportswriter, coach, athlete and judge, he has seen the Boogie Board become every boogie board’s dream.

The Boogie Board captured imaginations in the early 1970s when surfers such as Gene Kelly and Pat O’Brien used it to ride tricky waves at Trestles, San Onofre and Oceanside. Think big waves of the 70s and 80s on steroids! The first one was an undercover camo Boogie Board. Morey is said to have first developed the Boogie Board into a race course at a pro surfing contest in San Onofre in 1971. It was an official element for the 2005 ISA World Championships and also starred as a fictional element in the ABC dramedy Everwood.

Morey invented the Boogie Board’s surface, better known as a “dragboard”, and the unique single-molded composite that allows for a larger surface area of spin on long straights and twists. A single-molded composite is often referred to as a “technological marvel” by surf enthusiasts because of its ability to reproduce the latest advanced techniques. Its rigid, tough, tough material allows for maximum surface area along every angle, while also being extremely durable with a considerable amount of thermal resistance.

“To call such a thing an ‘invention’ has always been somewhat overstating it in my view,” says Gary Blank, creative director at Jowsey Design International.

“It was from this innovation that [more often than not the] Boogie Board originated.”

Video source: surfinggoesbible.com

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