The California Surf Museum actively collects, documents and preserves surfing-related artifacts and memorabilia from around the world. Through rotating exhibits, the museum uses story, photographs, fashion, surfboards, trophies, and more to present the many facets of surf culture to the public. Great for surfers and non-surfers alike. Located in beautiful Oceanside, a short walk from the pier, which has great surfing!
Long Term Exhibit: Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton
Young surfer, Bethany Hamilton, lost her left arm in a shark attack on the island of Kauai in 2003. The exhibit includes the shark-bitten board, swimsuit she was wearing on the fateful day, and her documentary Heart of a Soul Surfer (Hollywood’s Soul Surfer movie is based on her life). Today, Bethany inspires millions of people with her courage and positive outlook on life.
Permanent Exhibit: A Brief History of Surfboards
Includes historically significant surfboards, photographs and fashion from each decade. Beginning with surfing's roots in Polynesia and wooden plank surfboards, the exhibit follows surfboard evolution through the the foam and fiberglass advances, the shortboard revolution and ends with 3X World Champion Andy Iron's surfboard last ridden in 2007.
Feature Exhibit: The Magic of Windansea
Five Decades of Capers, Shapers & Stories of California’s Legendary Surf Club
The Windansea Surf Club, formed in 1963, has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of surfing ever since its inception. It is not the largest club, or the oldest.
Yet the Windansea Surf Club has had more notable legends, more outstanding shapers, accomplished women, contest records, memorable parties, big wave riders, and more public service achievements than any surf club in North American history.
Perhaps it was in part a result of a magic time and place, where all the elements necessary for a successful club came together in a perfect amalgamation of competition, travel, events, camaraderie, and organizational skills that allowed such an anomaly to flourish.
The beach Windansea was the central hub of surfing in San Diego, yet the Club’s influence reached far beyond the area. Attracting top surfers from beyond the local region, it became the most indisputably star-studded amateur organization of the last half century. Drawing members from Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, Tahiti, and the whole of California, the Club membership became a virtual who’s who of surf culture.
With a membership of superb talent, colorful characters, and a tradition of unmitigated fun, the Windansea Surf Club put its mark on the world stage. From the epic trips to Tahiti, Hawaii and Todos Santos, to the legendary competitive rivalry with Malibu, the Club’s lore is as storied as the history of surfing itself.
But ultimately it is the charismatic personalities that have created the reputation the club now enjoys. Or maybe it is just the inimitable, unadulterated fun that has permeated the club for fifty years. Whatever the elusive recipe is, the exhibit here endeavors to capture the memorable history of a rare and grand surfing organization. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you the Windansea Surf Club!
Permanent Installation: The Secret Spot
Walking out CSM’s back door into the permanent installation by Oceanside artist John Lamb, “Secret Spot” transports you to the middle of an amazing scene from an animated film. With John’s colorful images surrounding you on three sides, his trademark surfer is catching a huge wave, and the ocean water is lapping on the beach. A realistic looking rocky shore, complete with rock outcroppings for sitting, a sandy beach with foot prints, and ocean water you want to dip your toe in, are all created in concrete by Oceanside artist Brett Hazzard.
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