Greetings, Shredderz! Here at Shred Sledz HQ we are big fans of the great Tom Morey. I’ve written up a number of Morey-Pope boards before, including a few different Camel variants, including the 3/4 Camel, the Sopwith Camel and the Camel Mini-Pepper. The Morey-Pope label, with its experimental designs and out there branding, is clearly the product of Tom Morey’s prolific and eccentric mind. Today we will be taking a peek at a cool Morey-Pope Camel — no crazy model names here, I’m afraid — that is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego. You can find a link to the Craigslist listing here.
The Morey-Pope Camel pictured above measures in at 7’0″ x 20 1/2″ x 3 5/8″. I’m guessing the Morey-Pope Camel surfboard was made in 1968 or 1969, but I can’t be sure.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: I love the little details on the Morey-Pope surfboards, particularly the small labels on the bottom near the fin box. As you can see there’s a script “Morey-Pope & Company” label running parallel to the box — W.A.V.E. Set, of course, which was invented by Morey — and then a number towards the tail. The Craigslist board is #352. Sadly, I don’t know anything about the numbering on Morey-Pope boards, but if you have more details please do drop me a line.
Last but certainly not least, the seller included an incredible 1969 ad for the Morey-Pope Camel which you can see above. Definitely click to enlarge — it is well worth a closer read. This ad goes into some detail on the different variants of the Camel, including the Sopwith Camel, the aforementioned 3/4 Camel, the King Camel (which I had never heard of before), and the Camel Gun. The board pictured above is a Camel Gun example. You can see the Craigslist board has a nearly identical circular patch near the center on the deck. In addition, the Camel Gun has a far more pulled in nose and tail, per the description on the ad.
The ad reminds me of everything I love so much about Morey-Pope, and by extension, Tom Morey. It’s insane to think that this ad is fifty years old. Yet before the proper shortboard had been invented Morey was thinking far ahead of the surfboard industry on things like measuring the volume of boards. The ad is an absolute trip, whether it’s the bonkers copy — can someone explain Pantographic Scaling to me? — or the sheer density of information contained within a two page spread. It gives you a small idea of what must have been going through Morey’s hyperactive mind during this particularly open-minded period of surfboard design in the late Sixties.
See below for another Morey-Pope Camel ad I posted a while back. And if you’re interested in the Camel gun featured above, check out the listing here.