During your visit to California Surf Museum, learn more about the big names and small heroes of surfing as the sport has evolved over the years through the fascinating exhibits. Don’t miss these displays:
Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton
Bethany is perhaps one of the most well-known surfers today, not only because she survived a brutal attack by a tiger shark, but also because of her impressive comeback and positive attitude. The exhibit includes photos, a documentary about her experience, and the ill-fated surfboard she rode when attacked.
Doc Ball’s Camera
This handmade camera from the 1930s was used to take photos from the surfer’s perspective way before action cameras were available to the masses.
The museum hosts a number of events annually including a fundraising gala, three-day Surf Film Festival, "Legends Day", book signings, concerts and more.
Body Surfing and Handplanes
Who said you need a surfboard to ride the waves? This exhibit looks at body surfing and the origins of swim fins for greater propulsion.
Bob Simmons’ Foam Sandwich Surfboard
Dating from the 1950s, this type of board gave some control to the riders, even as they are at the mercy of the ocean’s power. It is a captivating look at how boards are constructed.
Where’s the Surf
This display explains the contribution of the Coastal Data Information Program, a network of buoys found along the coast that provides real-time information about surface temperature, wave energy, and wave direction, and how the system benefits the surfing community.
Dedicated to the small surfboard manufacturer from the late ‘60s and early 70’s, this exhibit and stinger board were featured on the History Channel’s American Pickers television show.
Making Waves: Hunter Pochop
This unique exhibit details the journey of a young surfer who overcomes obstacles on his journey to achieving his dream of participating in the 2028 Paralympics.
The museum also has an extensive collection of surfboards from an early wooden model built in 1912 to modern-day examples, including a board from World Surf Champion Kelly Slater.