Ancient Polynesians rode “alaia” boards either on their belly, knees, or feet. They were made from the wood of Acacia koa and had no ventral fins. Captain Cook recorded seeing Hawaiian villagers riding such boards when he came to Hawaii in 1778. The boards he witnessed were about 3′ to 6′ and were ridden on the belly or on the knees.  Alaia boards evolved into the more modern “paipo”  board made of wood or fiberglass. Fiberglass boards usually had fins on the bottom.

In 1971, in the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona, Tom Morey cut a nine-foot piece of polyethylene foam in half and fashioned the first modern bodyboard using a hot iron and an electric knife and called his invention the  “Morey Boogie”. Bodyboarders today ride boards that are shaped to the rider’s specific needs and preferences such as height, weight, temperature of the water and form of riding. The deck, rails, and bottom of the board are bonded via various hot air lamination techniques to the core.

Bodyboarding Beaches:

Anahola Beach Park
Black Pot Beach Park
Gillin’s Beach (Mahaulepu)
Haena Beach Park
Halalei Beach Park Pavillon
Kalapaki Beach
Kalihiwai Beach
Kealia Beach
Kekaha Beach
Kiahuna Beach
Pakala Beach
Polihale Beach
Rock Quarry Beach
Salt Pond Beach Park
Shipwreck’s Beach
Waikoko Beach
Wailua Beach
Waioli Beach Park