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Address: 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone Number: 949.388.0313
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Celebration and Preservation of Surfing Heritage and Artifacts

I did not anticipate much before visiting this museum, but as a surfer and sometime appreciator of surf history, legend, and lore I lived this place… it has just the right amount... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Dead Rock, Montucky
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Dead Rock, Montucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I did not anticipate much before visiting this museum, but as a surfer and sometime appreciator of surf history, legend, and lore I lived this place… it has just the right amount of history and interpretation and just the right amount of stoke! What a beautiful collection of boards and memorabilia… I hope this place continues to grow and garner... More 

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Carramar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Having only looked at the San Clemente Pier and touring the local pubs, I had to fit a bit of cultural experience into my visit. I only had time for a 10 minute visit but was able to enjoy the chronological display of surfboards and the asymmetrical board displays! Very neat building and good placards on each display :)

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

They were between exhibits but still let me in to have a look around. AMAZING collection of history here. Met a guy named Henry there and he started showing me around telling me some great stories. Turns out it's Henry Ford, living legend! awesome guy. People, you've gotta come check this place out, support the history, learn where surfing has... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The most amazing collection of surfboards, and photographs, books and surfing history I have ever seen. Just wonderful place to lose yourself in the history of the sport of surfing.A must visit for everyone.

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Capistrano Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Literally the Smithsonian museum of surfing - many times larger than the others combined. Great events that draw the most renowned surfers from around the world. Went to the Endless Summer 50th anniversary event and it was terrific.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was a cool museum. The guy who works there was really fun to talk to. They had a lot of old surfboards and the cameras and stuff from the surfing movie. I forgot what it was called but its a famous surf movie.

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southern calif.-- USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

but quite a collection of wood and glass-- worth a quick visit for sure-----they want me to say more but that;s all i have for now...hmmm that should be 50 words

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Henderson, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Worth a visit. Tons of old to new boards. Every board has a great write up of the history. Staff is very friendly. Wish I would have hd more time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

This was a short visit but provided a great history of the surfing culture that has grown up in the area. I am a surfer in my mind only !! but love to watch the surfers ride the waves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012 via mobile

Our visit was really quite amazing. There are real surfboards on display from the 1800's showing the development of surfing. All credit to those involved in the creation of this display. A bit hard to find if you are not a local but well worth the effort.

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