Museums
Edit

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

(831) 420-6289 | Website
701 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Directions
See all 17 »

Add Photo

Hours: Mon, Thu-Sun:12:00 pm - 4:00 pm/Tue, Wed:open 24 hours/

Tags: surfing, Santa Cruz, Attractions, Museums

Is this your business? Enhance it for greater exposure.

Make sure your information is up-to-date.

About Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a museum which was established in May 1986 to document the history of surfing.

With collections dating back to the earliest years of surfing on mainland United States, the museum houses a historical account of surfing in Santa Cruz, California.

Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world. The lighthouse was built in 1967 as a memorial to surfer Mark Abott, who died while surfing at the nearby Pleasure Point surf break.

Overlooking the Steamer Lane surfing hotspot, this little museum features photographs, surfboards, and videos tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. After funding cuts in 2009, the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society and private donations kept the museum open.

The exhibits at the museum explore this unique culture from its early origins in Ancient Hawaii and over 100 years of surfing in Santa Cruz. Introduced in 1885 by three Hawaiian princes who surfed the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on plank boards, surfing has permeated every facet of the Santa Cruz community. A plaque was dedicated to the princes: David Kawānanakoa, Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui, and Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (later a delegate to US Congress) in April 2010.
Articles mentioning Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • Museums in Santa Cruz County

    Santa Cruz County is filled with opportunities to stimulate the senses, but there are also lots of opportunities for learning to balance it all out. For those who prefer a little mind candy on their vacation, there is no shortage of museums in Santa Cruz. Whether you want to know more about local history, marine…

  • Surfing Schools in Santa Cruz

    Locals and visitors have been drawn to the Santa Cruz waves since 1855 when three Hawaiian princes showed up to surf the mouth of the San Lorenzo river on their redwood boards. Weighing 150-175 lbs. and measuring 17 feet long, the boards were designed o’lo style, a shape reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Surfing has evolved…

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum Videos
video:
Related Businesses
1
35 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz CA 95060
2
1305 E Cliff Dr Santa Cruz CA 95062
3
5497 Highway 9 Felton CA 95018
4
410 Capitola Ave Capitola CA 95010
5
400 Beach St Santa Cruz CA 95060

Don't see the business you're looking for? Add it here

Explore Nearby