You’ll spend more time here than you think you will…even if you’re not a surfer or have little interest in surfing. I talked my GF into going and by the time we left she wanted to learn to surf!
They had 3 exhibits when we visited, all pretty good.
WindanSea Surf Club exhibit: Cool history of one of the greatest surf clubs with lots of memorabilia. Great surfing video! Lot’s of press clippings and collectibles, but not a very dynamic presentation.
Bethany Hamilton exhibit: actual surf board that she was attacked on and interesting video of her career and post-attack life. A little short on exhibit material – but that’s probably because she’s still so young. She is an amazing young lady – in or out of the water!
History of surf boards exhibit: a large, interesting display on the development of surf boards. This is a permanent exhibit and could use a little jazzing up. Some of the little changes that are documented are so slight as to be dulling to the senses after halfway through. Also, if they’re going to talk about skeg evolution they should at least display the boards with the bottom side showing so we don’t have to crawl around to see the differences.
There wasn’t much about surfing in the rest of California, especially one would think there would be sections on Huntington Beach (Surf City USA??). Trestles, Rincon and Mavericks, amongst others. Also missing was a section on great Californian surfers. (Since it is a relatively small museum perhaps they had to store some stuff for the large WindanSea exhibit?)
The gift shop has a surprisingly wide variety of items and the staff was very friendly, welcoming and helpful. All in all, a nice way to kill 1-2 hours – a solid 3.5 stars.
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