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The history of Bodyboarding.

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Bodyboarding is a fairly new sport compared to others such as football and golf. It was invented by a man called Tom Morey around 1965. This sport came around when he was out surfing one day when he saw another man trying to learn to surf, normally he wouldn't take any notice of him but Tom had seen this man quite a few times in the water trying to learn how to surf and he wasn't getting anywhere and Tom could see by the look on the mans face and his actions that he was really getting frustrated. In the evening tom was basking in the sun in his back yard sipping a cold beer thinking about the man in the water earlier on when it suddenly hit him, he was going to try and invent a sport that still includes riding waves but in a different way. Little did he know that this sport would take off and make him a very rich man. He decided to make a board that you can ride waves with but do it lying down in a prone position. This was especially designed for people that wanted to learn to surf but couldn't get the hang of it. ...read more.


The flat bottom allows easy manoeuvring and the ability to do tricks such as spins with little or no resistance. * Tunnel Bottom - This allows water to move around 260 degrees of rail, giving good wave holding. These types of bottoms excel on fast straight waves. * Concave - This is similar to the tunnel bottom, but with slightly less grab into the side of the wave. The transition from rail to rail in turning is smoother as the rail inside edges are not as sharp. * Channels -These are adapted from the surfboard, channels make the board hold better on the wave. The only downside of channels is that they make the board slide from rail to rail. * Dimples - The new wave of golf ball style bottoms are designed to reduce the friction on the bottom of the board, and make it ride on a cushion of turbulence, therefore giving a smoother and much faster ride. The materials used to make boards are mainly polyethylene, which is used to make the top skin; this is used because it is very durable and hard to crease. The bottom skin is made from surlyn, which has a lot of speed as well as flexibility. ...read more.


Competitors surf against each other in heats or straight finals to win either money or equipment such as new boards. There is so much money in Bodyboarding these days that people that excel in this sport get sponsored (paid) to wear and promote companies clothing and to travel around the world and surf as many places as possible. They are often filmed when they are Bodyboarding, the companies then make videos from this filming and sell them all over the world. There are many professionals in the Bodyboarding industry; one of the most famous is Mike Stewart. He was the person that pushed Bodyboarding to its limits and is still doing it today. The future is looking very good for Bodyboarding, a lot of money is being brought into the industry and its ever-growing popularity is proving to be very high. New boards are being invented and tested every day, different ways of catching waves are now being tried out, for example, bodyboarders are now being towed in and onto the wave by jet skis so they have a lot more speed. New tricks are also being made up every day, which are pushing the equipment and riders to new levels. The future looks very bright for Bodyboarding. Martin Green - Original Writing Coursework ...read more.

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