Here’s the second part of Bear’s must-see surf museums around the world!
North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum
Created in 1999 by surfing memorabilia collectors Mark Fragale and John Moore. The exhibition includes vintage surfboards from the 1930’s-1990’s (including the first motorized surfboard), surfing competition posters, historic surfing photos, surfing videos, and miscellaneous surfing memorabilia.
Surf World Museum of Torquay
It’s the world’s largest surf and beach culture museum and also hosts the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame. It was founded in 1993 by pioneering surfers Peter Troy, Vic Tantau and Alan Reid. A unique feature of the museum is a working shaping bay, where you can watch international shaper Eiji Shiomoto shape boards. The museum also as a theatre where classic surf movies are continuously shown.
Surfing Heritage & Culture Center of San Clemente
This museum aims to preserve, present and promote surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. The exhibition includes historically significant photography, cinematography and video; a library of significant books, posters, and pertinent paper records; representative artwork of all genre representing surfing. The museum is also willing to publish books, pamphlets, posters, films and videos, limited edition items, and other media and materials, and distribute these to the public.
Honolulu Surf Museum
Founded by James O’Mahoney and Jimmy Buffett, this peculiar museum features lots of interesting memorabilia: original surf movie posters, the original surfboard used in “Apocalypse now”, Marvel’s Silver Surfer comics and decorated surfboards. As a bonus, you can combine a visit to the museum with a break at the Museum Bar, offering beautiful and tasty cocktails.
Museum of British Surfing
Opened in 2012. It is Europe’s only surf museum, had more than 3,000 in its first three months and even won a national museum’s award. The project began in 2003 thanks to donations from the family of Ted Deerhurst, Britain’s first professional surfer. It exhibits what’s believed to be the largest & most comprehensive public collection in Europe. Its policy with vintage surfboards is to collect at least one example of each British shaper, and also foreign-made surfboards if they have an important connection with British surfing. The museum has adopted a Sustainability Policy for its staff and volunteers, even producing annual sustainability reports.
Surf World Gold Coast of Currumbin (Australia)
It originated as an idea among local surfers, photographers, board makers and collectors in the 90s. Daryl Barnet, who owned a vintage surf shop, acted as a catalyst, finding memorabilia and items to display and contacting the City Councillor to find a place to showcase the collection. The result is a collection of over 100 surfboards dating from 1915 to the present day plus photos, artwork, clothing and other artifacts, including rare experimental and cutting edge surfboard designs, ukuleles and more.
Montauk Surf Museum
As Bear is always a step forward, we want to let you know about a museum that was recently successfully founded on crowfunding platform kickstarter and opened just a few months ago.
In their words, “The Montauk Surf Museum will present ocean science, as well as the art and history of surfing to visitors and schools in creative ways. […] Surfing, yes, but we aim to reach beneath the waves and along the coast to explain how sea-level rise and erosion are shaping our future. The story will be told within the context of the sport’s Polynesian roots, but will focus on the way in which natural features, weather, and societal change combined to bring the Hawaiian Sport of Kings to a once-isolated fishing village at the eastern end of Long Island. The science of surfing, which includes coastal dynamics, topics like sea-level rise, as well as our local marine species and ecosystems, will be a natural extension of the existing installations at the adjacent Montauk Lighthouse Museum. The Museum will include an archive of interviews with surfers, as well as photographs, and will feature special events to highlight artists, musicians, and filmmakers inspired by surfing and the sea. A virtual aquarium will introduce the sea creatures — some with big teeth – with whom we share with sea.”
Keep checking their website and FB page to know more about the museum’s development!