Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, San Clemente

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The Surfing Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations; and to achieving our goal of surfing being more accurately understood, represented and enjoyed.

Preservation

Focusing on the complete spectrum of surfing’s history and development, including but not limited to significant surfboards, photography and the full range of other forms of information and objects of cultural value.

Presentation

Establishing a world-class museum/resource facility, including an outreach program that creates exhibits and develops venues for effective traveling and/or off-site display: that this facility might serve as a symbolic center for the wave riding culture in the United States, dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of surfing as a sport, lifestyle, and culture.

Promotion

Building a community who actively support the Surfing Heritage Foundation with fundraising, promotion and advocacy.
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  • OK, the museum is a bit out of the way, but if you like surfing or if you just like history, take the time to go; you will be glad you did. My friend and I were blessed to get a two-man tour from... 
    OK, the museum is a bit out of the way, but if you like surfing or if you just like history, take the time to go; you will be glad you did. My friend and I were blessed to get a two-man tour from...  more »
  • It’s a hidden gem i. San Clemente. You’ll smile a lot and learn a lot about the birth and proliferation of the surfing craze. Don’t miss this place. 
    It’s a hidden gem i. San Clemente. You’ll smile a lot and learn a lot about the birth and proliferation of the surfing craze. Don’t miss this place.  more »
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  • If you care anything about surfing (or wish to call yourself a surfer), do yourself (and the curators) a solid and visit this one-of-a-kind homage to surfing, where you can see WSL championship boards and walk through the entire history of surfing from past to present. I'm from Santa Cruz, CA, where we are proud to have a small surfing museum, but it pales compared to what they have assembled here. Truly spectacular!
  • Very cool display and history of surfing. Loved the tour and learning about the history, especially the local surf icons.

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