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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Morey Boogie: a 1970s model bought in Australia

Everyone who owns a Morey Boogie board is a proud rider. The only reason these planks haven't been put aside in a sports museum is because thousands of bodyboarders still use them across the globe.

For many riders, the famous bodyboard model developed by Tom Morey in 1971 is a backup board. It is widely considered a de-facto relic that can be ridden in the harshest conditions. If it's not in the best shape, you can always fix the dings.

SurferToday reader James Mabey has an interesting story to share with us. Recently, he found a very old Morey Boogie with which he had fun back in the day. James wanted to know more about his classic boogie board sitting in the attic for 14 years.

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