Pipeline: the 2016 APB Tour season kicks off inside the barrel | Photo: Specker/IBA

The list of invitees for the 2016 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational has been unveiled. Jamie O'Brien and Kainoa McGee are some of the stars of the show.

Due to the lack of official communication from the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) - there are still no press releases and photo banks available for surf media - information flows through unofficial parties.

Mike Stewart, the host of the first event of the 2016 APB Tour season, announced via his bodyboarding company Science the names of the 24 bodyboarders that will join the elite riders in the Pipeline contest. They are:

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Wendy Vogelgesang: standing with her 1972 Morey Boogie at Steamer Lane | Photo: Laura Hardwick

She is a bodyboarding pioneer. Wendy Vogelgesang, from California, was a very young girl when the first Morey Boogie boards were launched. More than four decades later, the passionate wave rider shares her love story with the plank shaped by Tom Morey.

Vogelgesang believes she paid $19.95 for the early Morey Boogie Kit model. She still remembers attaching the skins with glue and wrapping the edges with tape. "The tape fell off the first summer," reveals Vogelgesang.

The green and white bodyboard stood the test of time. Tom Morey, the inventor of the modern boogie board, told us how it was marketed and was happy to know that his products are made to last.

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Paipo: the world's first bodyboard | Photo: Seasonal Surfcraft

The act of riding waves began in the Polynesian world. Wave sliding started off as a cultural ritual before evolving into a global sport and recreational activity. But, what was the role of the paipo board in the history of surfing?

More than three centuries ago, only those on the top of the social hierarchy could ride waves. It was a privilege of a chosen few. The community chiefs had the best boards and the best waves just for themselves.

In the 18th century, and according to the book "Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions From the Past," the local wave masters rode four types of surfboards (papa he'e nalu): papa li'ili'i, papa olo, papa alaia, and papa kiko'o.

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