076 – What Box? Tom Morey & Carl Ekstrom


The surf crafts of long time friends and design collaborators Tom Morey & Carl Ekstrom, along with Donald Brink & Ryan Burch are currently on display at The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center in an exhibit entitled, “What Box? Thinking Outside the Lines of Traditional Surfboard Design.” In this episode, Tom Morey discusses inventing the bodyboard and the early experiences that influenced his design ideas. Carl Ekstrom shares stories about the invention of skateboarding, the Flow Rider wave machine, and his ceaseless quest for hydrodynamic understanding.¬†Additional interviews include Paul Strauch and Donald Brink. Some of the audio for this show was recorded during the opening exhibit for “What Box?”.

Visit SurfingHeritiage.org to support SHACC and become a member.

Learn more about executive director of SHACC, Paul Strauch HERE.

Here’s Paul at Haleiwa in 1962 by Severson.


Tom Morey with his first ever “boogie” board.

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Carl Ekstrom (Right) in front of a finless design at SHACC.

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Ekstrom by Grant Ellis

Ekstrom by Grant Ellis

The Lord Board, 4′ chunk of un-glassed, finless stryofoam.

Lord Board from Hydrodynamica on Vimeo.

We also had a couple cameo clips from Donald Brink in this episode. Visit BrinkSurf.com to learn more about or contact Donald.




Donald was featured on a previous episode of Surf Splendor, which can be found here.

2 thoughts on “076 – What Box? Tom Morey & Carl Ekstrom

  1. Jim Dunlop

    Why did carl ecstromm,( or however it’s spelled) an apparently fit human being , stop surfing 25 years ago? Those of us who shape for a living continue to surf to validate what we shaped last week..

  2. Tony Roberts

    Big props for another amazing episode. It would impossible to listen to this and feel the same about surfboard design with the insights shared. Opening minds and fueling progression . . .BRAVO!!


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