If Mike Stewart is The Godfather of our sport, Tom Morey is God. Through his influence over both surfing and bodyboarding, Tom has turned more people onto the stoke of wave riding than anyone else in history.
But at a time when Tom should be financially secure, the forefather of our sport is physically blind from a combination of glaucoma and cataracts formed from a lifetime living in the ocean. Right now, he’s scrambling in that darkness to make basic ends meet and requires full-time care. It also means he can no longer swim in the ocean without help – one of the things in Tom’s life that brings him true happiness.
With the help of Stewart and Tom’s daughter, Melinda, a crowdfund has been set up at YouCaring.com to help generate immediate financial assistance for Tom and his wife. They’re aiming to generate enough coin to pay for full-time assisted care for Tom, which will enable him the support he requires to live, laugh and swim again. With the funds, they’re also aiming to professionally archive Morey’s notes, documents and inventions so that his work will be immortalised for future surfers to come.
If everyone who has ever felt the stoke of surfing contributes as little as $1 to the fund, we will have ample support for Tom in no time.
Tom once said, “The ocean converses with you… if you listen, it can tell you what is going on.” Let’s rally behind the most passionate man in the surfing world – the man who has given us so much and asked for nothing in return – and let him converse with the sea once again.
To donate, head to https://www.youcaring.com/tommorey-929933.