Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, San Clemente

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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  • 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! Ha...  more »
  • 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, Ste...  more »
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  • It's so nice to go in there and look at the history of surfing and all the different kinds of surfboards from Gears and years ago some of the little bit more updated ones I love going to the surfing Heritage Museum
  • 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 .

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