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California Surf Museum, Oceanside

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CSM was founded in 1986 and continues to be a leader among surfing museums, with cultural and informative rotating exhibits, wonderful events and a Museum Store filled with local and unique items. CSM exists with the support of donors, members, and other generous benefactors. If you would like to donate, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit surfmuseum.org. CSM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations to CSM are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
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  • Mind you I am not a surfer from land locked Indiana, but we visited our Orange County friend who has surfed his whole life. We learned so much about surfing and types of boards that we had to see... 
    Mind you I am not a surfer from land locked Indiana, but we visited our Orange County friend who has surfed his whole life. We learned so much about surfing and types of boards that we had to see...  more »
  • Thanks for the warm welcome and stories about surfing and it's history! This non-surfer really enjoyed his time there. 
    Thanks for the warm welcome and stories about surfing and it's history! This non-surfer really enjoyed his time there.  more »
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  • California Surf Museum features surfing history, tech changes, geographical specifics. You can see how people surfed long ago, how 1940s changed the surfing concept, where we are now. I was impressed to see 4.5 lbs board and 155 lbs board almost by each other side. It is great to learn what is behind surfing culture, lifestyle and contests. The California Surf Museum has a nice shop. I wish now I left more money there.
  • What a joy to discover this museum! They say you should explore an industry you know nothing about to stretch your mind. This museum certainly did that. We learned about wave action, history/design of surf boards. Finally, saw displays about great surfers....and learned Oceanside has a a woman teenager who could become the national champion.

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