International Surfing Museum
About International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, California
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum was founded several decades ago by a woman who’s never surfed. In fact, the founder Natalie Kotsch came from a spot in Canada where there really wasn’t any surfing. She recognized the incredible beach vibe and a welcoming spirit that made her feel happy in Huntington Beach, and she got caught in a fever that snags many who live in beach areas around the globe. You don’t have to surf to love watching the sport, said Kotsch, and the over 90% of residents who do not surf agree. Thanks to her efforts, many of the great surfboards and local history have an opportunity to be preserved in a huge, cataloged collection that rotates in the museum. Tourists and locals can visit this surfing museum for a small fee. Especially popular with surfers from around the globe, they visit the museum to share stories and find out where some of their favorite local surfers are surfing these days.
The museum includes over 100 years of surfing history in displays, artifacts and information. Guests such as Dean Torrence of the surf band Jan & Dean, who unveiled a special exhibit about his friends, The Beach Boys, and the original Gidget have helped launch events at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. You’ll learn about surfboard shapes, designs, fins, and composition, famous surfers, and surfing bands when you visit this small museum in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.
The museum is located about two blocks from the beach at Huntington Beach Pier.
- 411 Olive Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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