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Bodyboarding

Bodyboarding is a surface water sport (sometimes called Boogieboarding, from the inventor Tom Morey, of the “Boogie Board” where Boogie is an original brand in the greater bodyboard industry/market). The average board consists of a small, rectangular piece of hydrodynamic foam, sometimes containing a ridged spine called a ‘stringer’. Bodyboarders typically use swim-fins for additional propulsion into and control while riding a wave.

The boards are shaped to the rider’s specific needs such as height, weight and riding style. Those styles include prone (layout flat on your belly), dropknee (one foot forward and flat on the deck of the board and the back leg has its knee to ankle on the deck), and stand-up (both feet on the deck). Bodyboarding originated in the Hawaiian islands on “Paipo” (PIPE OH) boards. The decades from 1970 to 2010 has seen the birth and rapid growth in popularity of the modern foam based version of this sport that predates the first stand-up surfing by hundreds of years

Prior to 1971, bodyboards were made from wood or fiberglass and foam, and called paipo boards (pronounced PIPE-OH). Paipos made from wood generally do not have fins, but fiberglass/foam boards usually do. Modern popularization of the sport was made possible by Tom Morey who designed the first mass-produced bodyboard coined the “Morey ‘Boogie’ Board”. Though the initial rider for Morey was Mike Stewart, as the years progressed and the sport went to higher levels, competing became a larger aspect of the sport.