- Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
name = Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
imagesize = 250
Santa Cruz, CA
visitors = "70,000 visits annually"
director = Jenifer Lienau-Thompson
website = "http://www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org" The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a
museumwhich was established on Memorial Day 1986to document the history of surfing [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=940DE5D9113FF933A25756C0A96E948260 Santa Cruz Journal: Surfing Museum Far East of Hawaii] New York Timesarchives, May 10, 1988, retrieved October 4, 2008] . With collections dating back to the earliest years of surfing on mainland United States, the museum houses a good historical account of surfing in Santa Cruz, California.
Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world. [ [http://www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org/museuminfo/index.html Santa Cruz Surfing Museum Info ] ] .
Overlooking the legendary
Steamer Lanesurfing hotspot, this little museum features photographs, surfboards, and videos tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz.
The exhibits at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum explore this unique culture from its early origins in
Hawaiiand over 100 years of surfing in Santa Cruz. Introduced in 1886 by three Hawaiian princes who surfed the mouth of the San Lorenzo Riveron plank boards, surfing has permeated every facet of the Santa Cruz community.
Throughout its history, surf culture has reflected and responded to popular culture. Photographs chronicle the evolution of surfing culture in Santa Cruz from idyllic summers spent at the beach in the 1930s and 1940s, through the hipster beach party 1950s, the surf rock 1960s, the “soul surfing” 1970s, the neon 1980s, and the rebirth of classic long-board riding in the 1990s.
Examples of surfboards from each era are on display, from the huge hollow paddle boards and redwood planks made and ridden in the 1930s and 1940s to examples of early foam and
fiberglassboards, and speedy short boards used to create radical new surf moves beginning in the 1970s.
* [http://www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org/ Santa Cruz Surfing Museum Website]
* [http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/parksrec/facility/surfmu.html Santa Cruz Surfing Museum] City of Santa Cruz website
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