Meet the Morey Mach12 MDS, designed by Jon Henderson


For years, Morey Bodyboards has defined the bodyboarding industry. They literally invented it, when founder Tom Morey first paddled a rectangular, finless piece of foam on the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island in 1971.

Well, things have changed a lot since then, both in the boogie board and surfboard industry, as these two methods of wave riding have continued to evolve. Morey has taken full advantage of the most modern advances in both disciplines to design his latest all-around model, the Mach12 MDS. Designed in collaboration with Santa Cruz surfboard shaper, Jon Henderson of Strive Surfboards, the Mach12 features very radiant futuristic design elements to ensure high performance.

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Jon Henderson of Strive Surfboards in Santa Cruz was integral to the design of the Mach12 MDS. Photo: Morey Bodyboards.

“When I was 11, I rode my first wave at San Onofre Trail 1 on a Morey boogieboard, and my whole life changed that day,” says Jon Henderson. “I wouldn’t surf, I wouldn’t live where I live, and I wouldn’t be a surfboard builder making boards for guys who go to Maverick’s. When the Morey guys wanted to up their game and deliver their best board ever, they came to me to see if I had any input. And what we found was the Morey Mach12 MDS.

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The Wedge in Newport is the ultimate proving ground for any newly designed bodyboard. Photo: Morey Bodyboards.

MDS stands for “Mach Dynamic Speed”, referring to the unique design elements of these bodyboards that help the rider generate speed, such as the double concave bottom and tube rail system, which allow for better hold and ride on the face of the wave, building speed and forward projection of the rider. “Speed ​​powers every maneuver you make,” says Jon. “Whether you’re going up for a big air or trying to get out of a barrel, you need to have speed to get you where you want to be.” An internal fiberglass stringer provides strength for advanced maneuvers on bigger waves, and with a length of 42.5 inches, this board can float anyone from grandpa to grandpa.

Morey Mach12 set

The Mach12 is available in several different packages, the Premium, pictured above, includes the board, fins, fin clips and a board bag. Photo: Morey Bodyboards.

With a competitive price of just $64.99 for the board itself, for those looking to get into bodyboarding, Morey has offered a few different packages to help ease the burden of start-up costs. A set of two boards is $109.99 for those who play hard with their gear or boogie with friends, and the Essential and Prime packages come with a board, Churchill Makapuu fins and fin attachments, everything you need to get your boogie started (the Prime The kit also comes with a board bag), with discounted prices up to 15% off.

Currently, the Mach12 MDS is an online exclusive, which means it is not (yet) available in stores. To get yours or learn more, check it out at

Mach12 MDS Morey Bodyboard

Photo: Morey Bodyboards.


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