Morey, Tom

Creative and eccentric surf designer-inventor-theorist from Southern California; organizer of the first professional surfing contest, and creator of the Morey Boogie bodyboard. Morey was born (1935) in Detroit, Michigan, and moved with his family at age nine to Laguna Beach, California. He started riding a surf mat at 12, and five years later, after moving to Santa Monica, began stand-up surfing.

Morey became a Douglas Aircraft engineer in 1958, one year after getting a B.A. in mathematics f...