In the summer of 1983, at the age of 12, Cecil and Matt started cutting and shaping skimboards out of every piece of plywood they could get their hands on. They spent hours cutting, sanding, filing, and testing boards and that passion has grown into MŌNŌ wakesurf.
They started surfing behind their Tige in Lake Powell in the summer of 2003 using Cecil’s 6’6” Rusty. They got a few rides in before the National Parks Rangers came over and told them to stop, explaining they were too close to the back of the boat and what they were doing was illegal.
Not wanting to cause any issues they packed up and returned home to continue to ride and make their own wakesurf boards. The earlier models were short, narrow, with a ton of nose rocker, and made in Matt’s father-in-laws shop. The boards rode ok but nothing really to write home about.
Fast forward nearly 20 years. They continue to ride and buy boards, always talking about making their own. Cecil bought a board and shortly after it was delaminating. The board company wouldn’t do anything about it so he decided it was time to look into making boards. He talked with a buddy who was friends with a surfboard shaper in San Diego, Chris Ruddy.
Chris Ruddy has been shaping surfboards since the late 80’s and has shaped over 30,000 boards.
In the summer of ’76 Chris’ dad got stationed in Hawaii through his service in the US Navy. As a ten year old, I was living in the Navy Housing close to Ewa Beach on the south west side of Oahu. That was all it took to get hooked. By 1990 he had shaped 100 boards. In 1992 he bought a business license and started Ukulele Surfboards in San Diego. Since then, he has shaped some 30,000 boards mostly under the Ukulele label, but he also had the opportunity to shape for Dewey Weber, Dive n Surf, Bear, Surf Ride, and Toes on The Nose to name just a few.
Together MŌNŌ Wakesurf Technology was born. We are here to shape the best riding wakeboards in the market and back it up with the best customer experience. Our goal is simple, provide the best riding boards, period and back it up with an unbelievable customer experience as long as you own your MŌNŌ wakesurf board.