Following our article on the 2014 Morey Boogie range, Surf-Report are pleased to announce that we have been able to catch up with Morey Pro-Rider, Jared Brown. Jared not only rides for Team Morey, but is also lucky enough to work for the iconic Bodyboard company. In the exclusive interview below we managed to find out some more about Morey’s plans for 2014 and Jared’s thoughts on surfing The Wedge at Newport.
Hi Jared, Thanks for taking time to give Surf-Report a short interview, we know you are busy enjoying some of California’s finest waves and working hard at Morey Boogie.
Hey, no problem at all!
So Jared, you are a sponsored Morey Boogie Pro-Bodyboarder and currently working at Morey, How did you manage to secure that deal and surely life couldn’t get much better than working, riding and being sponsored in the sport you love?
Well it all started about three years ago when I first started working at Alternative Surf in Seal Beach, CA. Alternative Surf is a family owned business, so there wasn’t really any room to grow with the company. Logically the only thing to do, was to start looking for a job within the bodyboard industry. I had been riding for Morey for about 6 months and had a good relationship with the local rep, so I decided to ask him if Morey was hiring. Sure enough, about three months later, I got a call to say, that a job running Morey and Churchill had opened up. Now one year later I have learned so much about the sport and I am in love with it even more. Even though the bodyboard industry has its ups and downs, I am proud to say it’s my sport and that I am doing my best to change things around.
How long have you been riding for, how did you get started and where’s your favourite destination to get away and surf at?
I actually got a late start bodyboarding, and didn’t start taking it serious until I was around 17 years old. Once high school ended is when I actually fell in love with the sport. I grew up living 20 miles from the beach, so the closest spot to me was Newport Beach. Being so far from the ocean I had to push myself each time to make sure I was getting enough experience out of each trip. I am also thankful that I had my brother, Justin, to help push me and motivate me. To this day my favorite getaway is 40th Street in Newport. It’s the wave I grew up riding and it’s the wave that I still have the most fun at.
What board are you riding for Morey at the moment and can you tell us a little about the template and what makes it your board of choice?
The current board I’m riding is the 2014 Mach 10. I have been testing out the shape for the past couple of months and it has become my favorite shape. It is a straight prone template with 45/55 rails, single stringer, Polypro core, and X-Flex Mesh. The overall shape is really good for pocket riding but we also made sure the wide point would be good for aerials. I am really excited with how the board turned out and can’t wait for other people to ride it.
Jared, I know you regularly take on The Wedge at Newport and I have some experience of taking a flogging there, can you tell the Surf-Report followers that haven’t been able to experience the place, just how much of a playground it is for Bodyboarding and how heavy the wave can be?
The wave itself can be fun if the right swell comes in. Over the years I have seen it break in so many different ways that I can no longer tell someone when it will actually be good. Most of the time it’s just a closeout but if you wait long enough, that gem will come through. I was lucky enough to get some really good ones this last year and was fortunate enough that I ended the season without an injury. It breaks in only a couple feet of water so it can get really heavy, especially on gnarly low and high tides. The one thing you have to remember about Wedge is to just pay respect to the locals and everyone will be happy.
Finally just before we let you go Jared, seeing as you have some insider knowledge of the workings at Morey, can you spill any beans on new boards we can expect out this year or any other developments we are likely to see?
Of course I can! Other than switching to our new hammerhead logo, you can expect big things from Morey this year in terms of new board templates and more colorways to our existing boards. We added in the Mach 10, which is our new prone template that features a Polypro core and X-Flex Mesh Slick. The Mach 10 is a great pocket board and will have anyone getting barreled in no time. We also took the mesh out of the Mach 8TX, so it is now flexible enough for cold water. Lastly, we have the Mach 7. The Mach 7 is the most iconic board in the world and over the years Morey has made it so the Mach 7 meets the standards of today’s riders. The Mach 7 is a dow-core and has a single stinger with a surlyn slick. The new range will be out in March!
We had previously had some problems with our fins when we switched factories from Malaysia to China, but we are proud that we have got our fins back to being classics. We did a lot of R & D (research and development) on the new fins to make sure they met standards from riders and we are positive that everyone will agree that the fins are back to being great. We made sure that the fins are not only comfortable but have a lot of thrust from the blend line as well. The fins are currently out now so look for them at shops near you.
Well, Thanks very much for speaking with us and we wish you every success with your riding and your work at Morey Boogie and keep up the good work, and seeing as Morey are reworking some of the old classic boards, what’s the chances of you having a word with the bosses and getting a Morey Boogie 20-RS with retractable skegs back in production??!!
We will actually be bringing back some retro shapes for next year!
I just want to say thank you to you, Mat, and my family and sponsors for all the support over the years. Lets keep the stoke alive and get the industry back to what it use too!!
Wow, well there you have it, straight from the horses mouth, some big changes afoot at Morey and with Jared driving the brand forward with his passion and knowledge, I think Morey can look forward to huge success again and I look forward to seeing the brand develop over the next year. Take a look at pictures below of Jared in action, testing the new Morey range,
Stay tuned to Surf-Report as we will be getting hands on with the Mach 10 hot off the production line as well as the new improved Churchills and will be bringing a full in depth review shortly.
Finally, one last Thanks go to Jared and Morey, make sure you get out there and show your support for our sport and their company, and we would like to say a massive Thanks to Jeremy Lubben who took the great looking first and last pictures in our interview.