On July 4, 1965, Professional Surfing was born.

The Tom Morey Invitational marked the first time prize money was ever paid to winners of a surfing event.

Objective judging of surfing was established.

Timed nose riding was introduced as a viable judging criterion.

Scores of subtle equipment and riding techniques were innovated as a result.

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Above, Wood Art from Original Poster- 1965

50 Year Anniversary Celebration- Tom Morey Invitational

The Birth of Professional Surfing began in 1965 in Ventura, CA with the Tom Morey Invitational. Let’s celebrate 50 years of innovation with Tom Morey and friends this November back where it all began.

We honor Surfing’s ancient roots and the propagation of the genuine Aloha Spirit as brought to us by Duke Kahanamoku and the Hawaiians. We celebrate in particular the many insights and contributions not only of Tom Morey, but all other inspirational contributors as well, both of the past, present and the future.

Purpose and Goals of the Tom Morey Invitational

Purpose and goals of the Tom Morey Invitational by Tom Morey. I personally want the Tom Morey Invitational to take place for these reasons: 1. To awaken the SURFERS of THE WORLD, riding everything from drain pipes to mountain ranges. Awaken them to the ONENESS of our kind. We are HITCHHIKERS of Nature. We mooch rides on Nature’s movements for thrills, just for the fun of it. And at times, for profit. 2. Bring awareness to our great tribe, of the role we have played in just the past half century in terms of revolutionizing life on this planet; the huge influence we, who are now at lease a hundred million souls world wide can have on FUTURE world events.   3.Awaken our nation of SURFERS… free riders to the potential of our persuasive positions on the world. 4. Awaken the people of OUR NATION (and again, I’m not talking USA, China, France or any of these artificial tax based Old Order groupings)… awaken the diverse peoples young and old, of OUR TRIBES who (subconsciously… idiotically believe themselves to be of this or that race) to the fact that instead we are progressively choosing to prefer to be the SURFERS of the various Seas of wavering natural forces. 5. Proclaim that heretofore trapped in the various tax based contrivances, let us now come forth as citizens of our own natural group. WHIRLED SURFERS. (No, this is not a spelling error; whirled, and therefore capable of capitalizing on the powerful natural motions.) 6. Begin something of an informal unification of our kind. 7. Promote improved surfing equipment, riding, fabrication methods and safety. 8.... read more

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