Tom Morey Boogie Board made in the mid 1970s

Description (Brief)
Early 1970s boogie board made by Tom Morey. Morey was a surfer who also happened to be an engineer that revolutionized the surfing world with many of his board designs. In 1965, Morey teamed up with San Diego surfer and designer Karl Pope and they introduced several trendy surfboard models including the Snub and the Camel. It was during this time that Morey invented the first “commercially successful” removable fin system. Morey also introduced the first prize money contest to surfing, the “$1,500 Tom Morey Invitational.” The contest was also the first timed event and not subjective to judges scoring, having the surfers see how long they could “noseride” the surfboard. It wasn’t until 1973 that Morey re-invented the body board, and named it the Boogie Board, after his love of music. The quirky and eccentric Morey once said, “For anybody to become a graduate of this planet it is essential that they learn to enjoy this activity.”
Object Name
boogie board, surfing
date made
mid 1970s
Physical Description
styrofoam (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 42 in x 20 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 106.68 cm x 52.07 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Snow & Surf
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Snow & Surf
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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