Friday, October 23, 2009

Bodyboards Rule

Anyone who has ever seen a Labrador retriever chase a soggy tennis ball will have some understanding of a bodyboarder's motivation to seek another ride on the ceaseless waves, such as these bonecrushers at Shipwreck Beach that draw local boys from all over Kauai.

Some history: For thousands of years Polynesians rode the waves in the prone position on short slabs of wood or anything else that would float them to plane across the water. "Papio", a Hawaiian term was long considered a pastime for children before progressing to upright surfing.

Also known as boogieboarding, the sport was reborn and found its ultimate medium in 1971 when Tom Morey was without a board to ride on the island of Hawaii and got out an electric carving knife, a household iron and whittled some polyethylene foam into a small rectangular mat and covered it with newspaper. He trademarked the name Morey Boogie in 1973 and first started selling his boards for $10. Demand was incredible and by 1977 he was producing 80,000 boards a year.

For technique tips and tricks click here.