Tom Morey used to live in Laguna Beach, California, in 1944 and was a talented drummer. He became a pro musician in the 1950’s. While surfing as a hobby, he would also attend the University of Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in Maths in 1957. He married Jolly Givens in 1957 and worked for Douglas Aircraft, as a Process Engineer for composites. Following Douglas, he worked in numerous jobs involving composite materials and processes, that he later applied to his inventions.
In 1964, he moved to Ventura and began a series of organizations that served the surfing marketplace (now TomMorey.com) and sponsored surfing competitions like The Tom Morey Invitational. Tom and Jolly’s had two daughters, Michelle and Melinda. They divorced in the late 1960s.
In the year 1985, the Moreys moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, where Tom worked for Boeing. In January 1999, he founded his own business – Now TomMorey.com – and changed his name to Y. From 1999 to 2007, Tom focused on the development of a brand new soft surf-board technology. He handmade these planks in a little workshop in Oceanside, California. The most famous of his inventions was the Swizzle, a longboard design. He promoted and sold the planks beneath the name Surfboard by Y. In late-2007, Tom joined forces with Catch Surf of San Clemente, California, to deliver his new technologies to the masses. Tom’s revolutionary new surf-board technology combines the security and sturdiness of soft surfboards with the performance of a hard surfboard.