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Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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A piece of surf history in San Clemente

If you like surfing, you must go to that museum. Lots of boards explaining the evolution of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Miguel A
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Surfing, surfboards, and surf history!

If you’re into surfing, than this is the place to visit! Surfboards galore from the very first ones... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Michael A
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Beaumont, California
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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...more
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110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672-7502
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

If you’re into surfing, than this is the place to visit! Surfboards galore from the very first ones made to the modern ones! Invaluable pieces of surfing history! Worth investing an hour or so if you’re in the area!

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BarryHaun, Curator/Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks Michael, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and will come back this fall when we present an exhibit on surfboard and outrigger canoe innovator, Joe Quigg!

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We were totally blown away by all of the history of the boards that survived and were on display. Small in size but honestly probably the biggest surf museum I've seen. Was a great accidental find even friends that surf here every day didn't know...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

the place is relatively small, has lots of different surfboards, from different times, stories and people behind them, etc. it’s a non-profit, seems to be free, donations are welcome. we liked the place. ~30-60 min visit.More

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BarryHaun, Curator/Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thank you for visiting and for the nice review! Although relatively small in size, we are the largest US based surf museum square footage-wise and probably only second to the surf museum in Torquay, Australia over all - but with a much bigger collection of...More

Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

As a surfer and history teacher, this was the ultimate experience. I was amazed and mesmerized by the amount of surfing history on display. Hal, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and informative. The SHACC’s exhibit on women in surfing was inspiration for my two...More

Thank Neal C
BarryHaun, Curator and Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

We're glad you enjoyed our facility and were able to learn about surfing's rich history from Hal, he's an invaluable asset here. Please let your friends know, we love being able to share our culture with all who visit us!

Reviewed 27 June 2018

The amount of surfboards from balsa to glassed is beyond imaginable. This center is a treat for all ages. Who knew there were so many types of surf boards that have survived life. You will be truly amazed when you tour this incredible culture center.

Thank deewiz2017
Surfing_Heritage, Manager at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks ES. We love what we do.

Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Had a really great visit here today, seeing all the surfboards and reading about how rich and long the history is. The people who work here were so kind and had really good stories to animate our visit. The ride up to the museum is...More

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BarryHaun, Curator/Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thanks for coming by for a visit, Chicago is a long ways off and we’re glad you took the time to check out our museum!

Reviewed 21 April 2018

The place is first-rate but the people working there made my visit as stellar as it was. Very informative, friendly staff and plenty to learn and admire in the exhibits.

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BarryHaun, Curator/Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

We’re glad you had a great visit and appreciate your kind words! Please invite your friends to come visit us and check out our new website, we have lots of exciting projects in the works!

Reviewed 22 March 2018

We stumbled upon this when my surf lesson was cancelled in San Clemente. Staff was amazing, the Bruce Brown exhibit inspiring, and the board collections 2nd to none. Surfer or not this place has a spot for any adventure activity lovers time to read about...More

Thank Mike R
BarryHaun, Creative Director/Curator at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you for the kind words, we're pretty stoked about being able to share our collection with everyone who drops by for a visit!

Reviewed 19 February 2018

A great collection of vintage boards with their respective history. Rare Hawaiian Koa wood boards, 1960s londboards and 1970s board that started the short board revolution.More

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BarryHaun, Creative Director/Curator at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

From now until May 12, 2018, we have a tribute to the creator of the classic surf film, "The Endless Summer" that covers all aspects of his life including motorcycle and motorcar racing, fishing, etc. We even have Bruce's bench from the front porch of...More

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