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Holiday Hours: Closed Dec 24, 25 & 26, 30, 31 & Jan 1. Open Dec 27-30 & regular hours starting Jan 2

Bruce Brown · 1937-2017 · RIP
The maker of surfing's most iconic film (and the most watched documentary of all time), The Endless Summer, Bruce Brown passed away in his sleep on Sunday night, December 10, 2017, at his home in Santa Barbara county. Bruce also made the notable On Any Sundaya film about the lifestyles of motorcycle racers. Actor Steve McQueen was co-producer on the film. Bruce along with memorabilia and a copy of The Endless Summer were inducted into the Smithsonian Museum of American History in 2015.

"Bruce Brown began riding waves near his Long Beach home in the early mid-1950s, still an embryonic period in California surfing when just hundreds rode waves and there was a pervasive feeling amongst those few that they were into a “secret thrill” that was better and more important than almost anything else they had ever done. It was hard to put it into words. By the late 1950s, Bruce became one of four surfers who were the earliest to attempt to capture and share that “stoke” in 16mm cult films that they four-walled around beach towns to grass roots surf crowds. The others, Bud Browne-the oldest and father of surf movies, Greg Noll-a bull-headed, go-for-it board builder and big wave rider, and John Severson-an art teacher/surfer. Each flavored their films with their unique personalities. Bruce, himself a good surfer, used his dry sense of humor while revealing an inner knowledge of the little things about the wave riding experience that surfers found addicting. In his epic, “The Endless Summer”, he was the first to tell a story, not just show rides at different breaks. When he hesitantly risked showing that film in New York and Kansas City, both the critics and general public were wowed by his casual, California beach-style of story telling that plunged them deep into a cool and colorful world and attitude that most had not even known existed."– Steve Pezman, Founder of The Surfer’s Journal

SURF 2 SKATE on display through Jan 2018

This exhibit covers the origins of skateboarding; from sidewalk surfing and the early surf shop skate teams of the 1960s through the 70s and the Dog Town skating/surfing cross influences. We are also showcasing some never before seen early images of Rick Griffin and his "Bun Board" series of skate cartoons. 

Curated by Dale Smith (Sausage Man), we have historic items from Dale and the collections of Alva SurfCraftMarc "Buggs" Arico, Larry Balma, Warren Bolster, Art Brewer, Kim Cespedes, Ron Church, Spencer Croul, Jeff Divine, Jim Evans, John Freis, Gordon & Smith, Jim Gray, David Hackett, Stanton Hartsfield, Todd Huber (Skatelab/Skateboard Hall of Fame), Brent Lieberman, Brad Logan, Brian Logan, Jim O'Mahoney, Patti McGee, Bev Morgan, Nathan Pratt, Shirley Rogers, Denis Shufeldt, CR Stecyk, Ron Stoner/SURFER Mag, Laura Thornhill, and Juice Magazine

Thank you to our sponsors

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The next lesson is Tues, Dec 19, 2017!

SHACC now carries a line of Kala Ukuleles, and SHACC members can purchase them at fantastic discounted prices! Come by the museum and check them out.
The Ukulele is a fun, traditional Hawaiian instrument that sings in the key of aloha. SHACC is pleased to announce that we are now offering our members monthly group ukulele lessons for just $8 per session.
Non-members can join SHACC online at: to be eligible to participate, or may sign up for membership onsite prior to class.
Lessons will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Classes will be instructed by Lincoln Kaio. Lincoln was born and raised in Laie, Oahu and is the brother of accomplished Hawaiian surfer, Kealoha Kaio. A colorful, talented and fun-loving man, Lincoln enjoys sharing Hawai'i's traditional music through his ukulele classes. His ukulele group, ULU, has been entertaining at events and parties throughout Southern California for years.
Lincoln is also the hula musician for Halau O Lilinoe/Na Pua Me Ke Aloha, a halau (Hawaiian hula dance studio) started by his wife, Sissy Kaio, in 1980. Their hula group performs annually at the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival on the island of Hawai'i, where they have garnered numerous awards. 
Dust off your ukulele... or go out and buy one, and start learning to play this popular stringed instrument. Invite your friends...and together you can look forward to a fun and entertaining musical experience each month at SHACC. For more information, call 949-388-0313.  


Digital Watermarking of our images – Public Notice

As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.