Surfing legend Tom Morey has been designing custom surfboards for over fifty years and is known as one of the world's leading designers of surfboards and types. Some of his most famous designs are known as the Blue Machine, Camel, Peck Penetrator, WaterSkate, Morey Boogie, Morey Doyle soft surfboard and his latest designs Swizzle, SUP Blazer and Heater.
I'm sure most of you have heard of the Morey Boogie Board, which has sold over 100 million units to date and has allowed millions of kids and adults to say they "surfed" the wave.
Not only has Morey designed and manufactured the above mentioned types of surfboards, but he has also modified many surfboards by other designers and has never named them. He invented the first wakeboard, designed for surfing behind a boat while the boat was in tow. He designed the first soft surfboard together with Mike Doyle, another surf legend. He has created many other surf products, equipment and accessories, including a removable and replaceable fin system, a drag product called Slip Check, later called El Gripo, a rolling fin system, air-cooled surfboards, afterburners, heaters and much, much more.
Tom Morey is a legend in surfboard design, an internationally renowned surfboard inventor and one of the first surfers in Malibu. Over the past 50 years, it seems that almost all of the products he has created have been cutting edge and ahead of their time. Most of them never made it to market. This is because ordinary people don't see the future as Tom does and are not willing to try his new and innovative Custom Designe or product designs. It's time for surfers to wake up and realize that innovation is a great thing, especially in Tom Morey's surfboard designs.
Tom's latest surfboard designs are a long board called the Swizzle, a short board called the Heater and a SUP called the Blazer. Tom has incorporated the best parts of his previous designs into these three boards.
The long board, which he calls the parabolic Swizzle, is quite different from what most surfers would classify as a conventional surfboard design. The Swizzle incorporates the Peck Penetrator's downturned nose, which resembles the leading edge of an airplane wing. The reason for this shape is that the downturned leading edge of the aircraft creates lift and causes the nose of the aircraft to rise. The same applies to the Swizzle nose. When the nose goes underwater, the flow of water over the nose causes the nose to rise upwards, preventing a "pearl nose", where the nose bites into the water and causes the tail to rise upwards and the rider to fall off the surfboard. Very ingenious, isn't it?
Swizzle also has some other very useful features. Its shape is parabolic, with the middle third of the surfboard just about parallel, making the board narrower in the middle and wider at the hips and shoulders, a bit like a Coke bottle. The advantage of this parabolic shape is that the board is easier to carry and paddle because the surfer paddles in the narrower middle section of the surfboard, which reduces the drag resistance of the surfboard as it passes through the water and follows the line when paddled. The narrower centre section makes the Swizzle faster.
The wider hip and shoulder area gives the Swizzle four points for better control and also makes the board more stable. When the surfer gets on the back of the board to turn it, the wider hip area gives the surfer an edge that bites into the water and makes the turn easier. The wide area at the front of the shoulder area in front of the centre makes it easier for the surfer to turn when he is on the board forward. Most boards cannot be turned from the nose area, but the Swizzle, with its unique shape, can be controlled and turned from the nose area.
Swizzle has another very unique design feature. It's the back rails, called Afterburners, that Tom has incorporated into the design of the surfboard. These rails are vacuum rails, and they are a carryover from the Boogie Board rails. These rails cause the water to flow much faster over the back of the surfboard by reducing suction and drag when the board is paddled and when it travels in a straight line along the wave line. However, when the surfer makes a turn, the Afterburner's vacuum rail grabs the water and pulls the board in the direction of the turn, making it easier to turn. The rails were named afterburners because they give the board momentum and make the board go faster.
When you combine all these innovations with Swizzle, you get a very cool custom design made to fit your physical size and fitness.
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