Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, San Clemente: Hours, Address, Surfing Heritage and Culture Center Reviews: 5/5

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Surf Museum: includes a timeline of the evolution of the surfboard as well as our Gallery which has four different exhibits up throughout the year. We present a comprehensive overview on the history and culture of surfing. There's no charge for regular admission but donations are welcome and appreciated!
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Rick J. Delanty
San Clemente, CA44 contributions
Insights to Surfing History
Sep 2018
I was so excited to visit this treasure-trove of surfing lore, surfing art, and surfboard inventions. It is artistically and logically presented, and offers a deep collection not only of history of the sport, but of the personalities, individual stories, and anecdotes of the global experimentation with wave-riding that made the sport what it is today. Staffed with knowledgeable docents, any surfing question may be answered here.
Written August 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for visiting and the nice review! We do try and answer any and all surf related questions. We pride ourselves in having knowledgeable docents.
Written August 12, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

1funnygirljj
San Diego, CA184 contributions
Surfers and Past Surfers....Check This Place out! Awsome
Jul 2019
Came here to check out Surfing History...ALL the BOARDS and everything else Surfs-up! It's HERE! Awesome Original boards, photographs and so much MORE! Worth membership, but just come to visit too! Hal was the person in-the-know! totally enjoyable experience. Also t-shirts, posters and other gift items you can buy. Go, you'll totally enjoy it!
Written July 28, 2019
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Justin T
Santa Fe, NM72 contributions
Incredible!
Mar 2019 • Couples
We had a wonderful visit!! The staff was friendly and very informative. The displays were fascinating. If you are serious about the sport of surfing you must visit. And, while I was ogling boards, Steve Pezman stopped by and I got to meet him - a real treat!
Written March 23, 2019
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Thank you for your kind words, we're glad you enjoyed your visit! We get a lot of the notables and legends of our sport dropping by on any given day, you never know who you may get to meet!
Written March 25, 2019
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AnimalChinFound
Topsail Beach, NC2 contributions
Incredible history of surfing and a great experience!
Feb 2019 • Family
My family and I had the opportunity to visit SHACC recently while on a trip to Southern California. Our entire family (including our 3 kids ages 13, 11, and 9), my wife, and I all had a great experience at SHACC. From the time we got there we felt warmly welcomed by everyone and special thanks to Randy for his orientation and intro to the collection. The whole team was helpful and answered all the questions we had about the collection. As a surfer myself I really enjoyed seeing the changes in surfboard design over time and the range of surfboards in the collection is amazing. Definitely worth spending some time here if you enjoy surfing and the history of the sport!
Written February 27, 2019
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We appreciate the review and are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you the next time you are out this way. By then, the redesign of our surfing timeline should be complete!
Written February 28, 2019
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Shotsea
Orange, CA20 contributions
A great surprise of history of surfing
Feb 2019
We had a wonderful tour with Hal Forsen - extremely knowledgeable about everything in the center. We could have just walked around, but if you can get a tour with Hal and have the time and interest, I would highly recommend taking the time.
Written February 4, 2019
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Trent W
1 contribution
A hidden gem in San Clemente !
Jan 2019 • Friends
This is such a great place to visit ! So full of history , and beautifully displayed . Incredible selection of historical wave craft , surf art , and related artifacts . Most items are well documented , so very easy to understand significance of what you are viewing . The displays are always evolving , and always high quality .
Our host " Hal " was very welcoming and generous with his time . He had great deal of knowledge of the vast displays , and and shared additional stories and information about surf history with us . He was obviously proud to be a part of the SHAAC team .
Though I have visited at least 6 times previous , I always come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for what the SHAAC museum contains .
Be sure to check out the gift shop for a vast selection of books , T shirts , coffe mugs . great place to gift shop for your favorite surfer , or you !
I strongly encourage you to seek out this museum , and allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours to truly enjoy all that they offer .
Mahalo !
Written January 6, 2019
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patsparkuhl
Laguna Beach, CA4 contributions
Terrific Experience!
Oct 2018 • Solo
Growing up surfing in Southern California I had experienced a wide variety of surfboards and surfing ephemera, but I never had the opportunity to view 100+ years of these amazing boards and associated materials in one place!
At the entrance to the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center I was greeted by the smiling Randy Etherton, a volunteer who clearly loves the surf culture. He gives me a summary of what there is to see, as well as an abreviated history of the lifestyle.
It is so very rewarding to know that there are those individuals who have taken the time to support the perpetuation of an activity that reflects a life of adventure that could only be known to a surfer who lived it.
Be it a reflection of actual experiences or the vicarios enjoyment of viewing the many images of surfers from early developments to contemporary technology, this is a valuable addition to tuck into your travel experiences. I had a great time, thank you.
Written October 25, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for the positive review, we encourage all our workers to share their knowledge and experience with visitors, and most of us surf as well and really love being able to share surf culture with others. We hope you will tell your friends to visit and come back soon!
Written October 26, 2018
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SurferJimSC
San Clemente, CA22 contributions
A must visit in San Clemente
Oct 2018 • Couples
If you want to see an amazing collection of historic surfboards and artifacts, you must visit SHACC! They have fascinating exhibits they update every several times a year and the events are great as well. Get on their calendar so you can see what's going on.
Written October 19, 2018
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Thanks for the review! You can visit our website at SHACC.org and will be prompted to sign up for our monthly newsletter, it's the best way to learn about current and upcoming events!
Written October 22, 2018
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ranles76
Escondido355 contributions
We are not into surfing, but still found an hour here entertaining!
Oct 2018 • Couples
The site is in an industral park. Seems like someone (s) has a huge collection of boards, and donated them to a charity for storage and economics. That said, the variety of boards, and the vast period covered by the collection, is amazing and informative of the evolution of surfing. Most of the boards are attributed to a particular surfer or surf shop.

The building is modern and clean, but is not a/ced, so dress appropriately (bring water?). There is a modest gift shop. Lots of groups meet here. There is no fee, but the donation jar is centrally located. The time spent is well worth making a special donation to support the longevity of this "museum". I will be telling my friends, especially those with surfing backgrounds!
Written October 15, 2018
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Miguel A
1 contribution
A piece of surf history in San Clemente
Sep 2018 • Couples
If you like surfing, you must go to that museum. Lots of boards explaining the evolution of the surfing. That’s great. The people of the museum very polite.
It is cheap but you can give a tip to help the museum.
Written September 1, 2018
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  • Tue - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM