Tom Morey of Ben Franklin (Ben Franklin), the inventor of the boogie surfboard, dies at the age of 86

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Jim Kempton, director of the California Surfing Museum, said: “Morey has exposed more people to surfing than any other person in history.” “If you think about it, it’s a real one. This is an amazing achievement. Millions of people have braved the wind and waves. I want to say that many of them started with his invention.”

Morey died on Thursday.

Morey was born in Detroit on August 15, 1935, but he moved to Laguna Beach and started surfing in his early childhood. By the age of 12, he had his first paid job as a musician, and later studied music at the University of Southern California, where his jazz band won a national competition.

While pursuing surfing as a hobby, he got a job at Douglas Aircraft, but then he opened Morey-Pope & Co., a surf shop in Ventura.

Barry Haun, the curator and creative director of the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center, said that in 1965, he participated in the Tom Morey Invitational Surfing Tournament, which was the first time in history to have a bonus professional. Surfing competition.

Creator of Boogey Board

Between surfing and drumming in the hotel, he came up with the idea of ​​a foam board. according to Surfers today. He cut the foam in half, shaped it with an iron, rounded his nose, and made a three-pound board. For reference, surfboards at the time weighed between 30 and 50 pounds, which often resulted in injuries during the elimination process.

“Boogie Board basically turns that soft surface and safety factor into something that can also achieve high performance,” Kempton said.

Morey tested his invention in Hawaii, where he lived at the time. After the first successful ride, his wife Macia took a test-when she was eight months pregnant, According to SurferToday. This quickly became a boogie board, or as he originally said, a snake-representing the side, belly button, arms, knees and elbows.
According to the Washington Post, the first Boogie surfboard was sold at a high price of $10-he thought of it on the spot after someone tried to buy it. But when he returned to California, he mass-produced it at a price of $37 because that was his age at the time.

Kempton said that most people can use the Boogie Board. Due to the versatility and ease of use of surfboards, many people in the surfing community distinguish bodyboard surfers from surfers. Kempton said, however, Morey was firmly opposed to separation.

However, despite Boogie Board’s great success, selling millions of pieces worldwide, he did not make much profit from it. He sold his company and trademark in 1977 and was later acquired by Wham-O Toys. Morey worked as a consultant at Wham-O for many years and then worked as an engineer at Boeing for 15 years.

“The Boogie surfboard invented by Tom not only changed the face of Wham-O in 1978, but the Boogie surfboard allows almost anyone to enjoy surfing anywhere in the world,” company president Todd Richards (Todd Richards) ) Wrote. Email CNN.

A supportive figure, onshore and offshore

However, he has always cared about everyone around him, while continuing to share his thoughts with the world.

“Anyone he meets, he always accepts them completely, he is absorbed, he has an influence on those people,” his son Saul Morey said. “He gave them freedom to think and helped them improve what they were doing.”

“He encourages people, he praises people, because many people enter the school and do not fall into the correct field taught by teachers. You are losing half of the population because of this dogmatic approach. We believe that everyone must adapt to a small box. , That’s why all these people love him so much,” his wife Macia told CNN.

Mike Stewart, who won the world surfboard championship nine times, told CNN that his entire world was influenced by Morey. Morey accepted him with open arms and promoted his growth in the sport. Stewart tested many of his creations with him, and he considered Morey to be an “unparalleled” figure, not only in terms of wave riding, but also in terms of creative thinking.

Thomas Edison

Although he stopped surfing in his 70s, Morey never stopped inventing. About 20 years before the creation of Boogie Board, he invented a “wingtip” surfboard design, because he found that if the nose is turned up slightly, the surfboard may get into the waves better.

In 1965, he made a “paper surfboard” and managed to advertise on two pages of TV commercials and Reader’s Digest.

As his wife described, the Edison or Ben Franklin character applied for a patent for a soft surfboard he called a Swizzle board and a surfboard folded into a suitcase. He was also praised for promoting detachable fins so that the surfboard can be moved more easily.

“He was never satisfied with his honor. He was always looking for the next invention that might make surfing easier and better,” Haun said.

Morey created a soft surfboard called Swizzle board decades later on his Boogie Board.

His love for music has never stopped. Early in his career, he played with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Stu Williamson. He led the jazz band until his 80s. In fact, Boogie Board’s name comes from his love of music.

On October 6, two weeks ago, he made his last public appearance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Board of Directors of Phuket.

His wife, Marchia Nicholas Morey, survived; Melinda Morey, the daughter of his first marriage to Jolly Givens; The four sons of his second marriage are Sol, Moon, Sky and Matteson Morey; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Melinda Morey said: “There is a group of people who are not necessarily just surfers, but ocean people. They feel that the ocean is the source of everything. This is the common language I know my father and me.” “If I’m trying to talk to him I can always use the ocean as a metaphor when I encounter any generational problems when explaining certain things and say it in a way that he can understand.”

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