There is one name that is synonymous with Bodyboarding the world over and that is the name of the creator of the first Bodyboard, Tom Morey. Although Tom sold his company back in 1977 his name lives on in the boards that were named after him and are still made and distributed to this day, those boards are the Morey Boogie Bodyboards.
The Morey Boogie range includes a board that will suit everyone from entry level boards such as the Woody or the Cruiser, through to boards specifically for Prone or Drop Knee riding or a mixture of both styles. One of the most famous designs in Morey’s history is the Mach 7 and I am pleased to say that, to this day the tried and tested benchmark board is still in production using the same original template, albeit with newer construction materials that carry it right into the 21st century.
The Mach 8 TX is probably best remembered for its dimpled, golf ball effect slick and it is great to see Morey still offer this board, although they have moved away from the possibly gimmicky dimpled slick. The 8 TX is a good board to consider for cold water riding and is a good all-round board suiting both Drop Knee and Prone riding.
One board that particularly sticks out in my memory, as it was the first proper board I ever owned, is the Mach 7SS and was a favourite back in the day, of Jay Reale and Keith Sasaki. From its inception it has always been a good board for Drop Kneeing on and to this day Morey have built it to perform well on the knee, even featuring knee indents on the deck. With a double stringer, 50/50 rails and a crescent tail the 7SS will perform just as well for prone riding too.
In March 2014 Morey are looking to reintroduce another classic board and that is the Mach 10, for those old enough to remember that far back, the Mach 10 was a board that featured Winger rails (rails that cut into the rear of the board, creating a much shorter rail to cut into the wave face) and meant the board was extremely manoeuvrable. There was also a standard rail template available but it is best remembered for its unusual shaped Winger design. Anyway Morey have taken a look at the old Mach 10 and given it a 21st Century make over. Featuring a single stringer, 45/55 rails and a Mesh X-Flex core the 2014 Mach 10 is a pocket riders dream. Strictly a Prone board the Mach 10 is built using feedback from Morey’s team riders and is perfect for lip tricks and spins in the critical part of the wave.
Here at Surf-Report we are pleased to announce that we will be getting “Hands On” with the Morey Mach 10 following its release in March and will be bringing a detailed review of our thoughts on the new design. In the meantime pop over to the Morey Boogie site and take a look at the current Morey range as well as the latest BZ boards, and as a throwback to those heady days of the late 80’s you may want to watch the fluorescent and cheesy Morey Boogie advert below, and let us know what riders you recognise!