“Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Surf City,” Blue Crush, Soul Surfer
Do any of these titles sound familiar? If so, you’ve experienced first hand how surfing has helped shape American culture!
Surfing is a huge part of the lifestyle here in Southern California. On any given day in Oceanside, surfers can be spotted loyally waiting on the next big wave, witnessing a pod of dolphins swimming through, or just hanging out near the shore with friends. The rich history and culture of surfing has helped shape the culture of entire beach communities.
As times continue to change, the California Surf Museum in Oceanside helps preserve the history, lifestyle, and culture of surfing for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Without the museum, much of this information might have been lost forever. However, the Surf Museum remains committed to “capturing, preserving, and chronicling [the] art, culture and heritage [of surfing]” for upcoming generations. [Excerpt taken from the museum’s mission]
Exhibitions at California Surf Museum
A Brief History of Surfboards
Surfboards have come a long way since surfing’s roots in Polynesia. See the evolution of the surfboard, from the materials used to the design at this exhibition that celebrates the art of the board.
San Onofre: Birthplace of California Beach Culture
Learn about the birthplace of surfing culture as this exhibition takes you through the San Onofre founding fathers and their innovative vision on the early 20th Century Southern California coastline.
Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton
Having lost her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, Bethany Hamilton continued surfing and became an inspiration for millions. The documentary about Bethany, Heart of a Soul Surfer, even inspired the movie, Soul Surfer.
The Secret Spot
If you walk out California Surf Museum’s back door, you’ll see this permanent installation by local Oceanside artists. Complete with colorful surf imagery and rock outcroppings, don’t miss this hidden gem on your next visit!
More information about the California Surf Museum and its operations are available on the California Surf Museum website; the museum also posts pictures and surfing news on their Facebook page. Click here to get the links to connect!