Twofer Board Donation for FSM

    We recently received a visit from Bill Stimson and his fiance Betty at the Florida Surf Museum. In the back of Bill’s cherry  2002 4Runner were a Bing Nuuhiwa Noserider and a Design 1 transition era shortboard. Bill began surfing in Miami Beach in the  sixties, and like many south Florida surfers, roamed […]

South Beach Memories by Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill grew up in Miami and began surfing south beach and points north in the early 60s. He shares his tales with us for your enjoyment.   I still have a 1968 Bing David Nuuhiwa 9’-6” nose rider (If I must brag a little, I became quite proficient at riding it). I also have […]

Central Florida Road Trip Visits Florida Surf Museum

WUCF’s popular series “Central Florida Roadtrip” recently featured the Florida Surf Museum in this episode. The show recounts how the space program transformed a sleepy beach town into a center for space exploration and how that created the conditions for Cocoa Beach to become the epicenter of surfing in Florida. The founding of Florida Surf […]

(Very) Early Florida Surfing History

Duke Kahanamoku. The Duke is an icon and legend who is widely credited with introducing surfing to the world. In 1912 after his triumph at the Olympic games in Stockholm, where he won gold and silver medals in swimming, he returned to the US- specifically Atlantic City, New Jersey- where he gave a surfing exhibition […]

Bob Freeman’s Silver Bullet

In the late '60s Catri and Propper lured me away from Hansen Surfboards to join the Hobie Team and gave me one of Hobie'… Posted by Free Surf on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Paddleout for Lengendary Shaper Bud Gardner

      A gathering of legends to honor Bud Gardner who recently passed away. Bud was a true gentleman and eternally stoked on surfing and surfing culture. The quality of his surfboards was legendary and his artistry extended to resin paintings, furniture and anywhere his creativity took him. Bud was inducted into the East […]

60s Space Coast Surfing: Bob Reeves’ Photo Album

Bob Reeves and his brother Jack were early pioneers of surfing on the Space Coast in Florida. They were representative of the early migration of surfers from around the country who settled in the area in search of waves and a place to build and market surfboards. In the very early 60s there was a […]

Rare Tomb and Reeves Joins Museum Collection (More photos, More History!)

Florida Surf Museum has added another classic surfboard to our collection thanks to a generous donation from Dale Eldred. The new addition is a rare Tomb and Reeves single fin from the 70’s. Dale grew up surfing in the Eau Gallie area and started surfing in 1972. His surfing buddies included Ronnie Kruger and Arno […]

Greg Noll Surfboard Donated to the Museum

The Museum has added a classic Greg Noll surfboard to our collection thanks to the generosity of James and Faith Jones. James, who grew up in Sanford, bought this board in 1965 from Parker Boats in Orlando for $165. The board still has the original SlipCheck spray-on traction that was popular in the 60’s. He […]

Historic Pensacola Label Board Donated to the Museum

We are proud to add an iconic label surfboard from Pensacola to our collection. Hutson Surfboards was one of the earliest line of surfboards from the area and this one is believed to have been made around 1962. The museum received the donation from P’Cola native Mike McCrory. Mike is commercial diver with many decades […]

FSM Surf Magazine Archive Updated!

We are excited to announce that we have added more historic Florida surf magazines to our digital archive! New additions include: US Surf Magazine– Published by Carol Holland, Rob McGrath and Kevin Welsh from 1983 to 1984. This high-quality magazine only lasted for seven issues but picked up where Waverider left off in quality and […]

The Original East Coast Surfing Magazines- Article by Doug Fiske

  Fans of East Coast surfing magazines were fortunate that the surfers who launched the four detailed below hadn’t learned much about magazine economics before they paddled out. Had they done hard-eyed business plans, they would have found the chances of sustained success were extremely slim. That harsh economic reality probably would have stopped them […]

FSM Swapmeet (Paying It Forward)

A fun, hot day at the FSM swapmeet today. Special Olympics surfing athlete Jake Snyder (pictured with his dad Dean and… Posted by Florida Surf Museum on Monday, July 30, 2018

Remembering Yancy…

Imagine paddling out on a beautiful winter day at Pensacola Beach way back in January, 1975. This is what you would… Posted by Tom Hutson on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Florida Connection: Carl Schaper

Re-printed from Aulta Surf  https://aultasurf.com/   Carl Schaper Occupation: Surfboard Shaper Hometown: Waialua, Hawaii Carl started surfing at age 13 growing up in Virginia Beach. He later moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida where he built his first surfboard in his garage. He was fortunate enough to land his first surfboard job at Dick Catri’s factory working with […]

Vintage Surf Movies Discovered

The Florida Surf Museum recently acquired 400 feet of 8mm surf movies from Greg and Pat Harlowe. The brothers ran ESA contests in Florida and  the Outer Banks in the early 70’s. Video historian Will Lucas http://surf64.com/ re-edited around 25 minutes of video into 7 minutes. Highlights include Jeff Crawford and Gary Propper (on a […]

Beginner’s Break

Article written by Dan Reiter In the summer of 2001, I was couch crashing up in Topanga Canyon with a crew of lunatics and musicians who’d set up a commune under the pretense of a dog-sitting job for the screenwriter of Space Cowboys. We were young and wild and unstrapped, and figured we could clean […]

Mint Overlin Surfboard Donation Has Special Meaning

The museum recently received a special donation from local resident Mark Lucas- a nearly mint 70’s era Overlin surfboard. The board belonged to his late wife Rindy Arnone-Lucas who passed away on April 1st 2005. Rindy, or Rose as she was known in high school, was a lifelong Merritt Island resident who spent her youth […]

East Coast Surfing Explosion

             History Of Surfing: But Will It Play On   The East Coast? Re-post From Surfer Magazine online Why the ’60s surf boom exploded loudest out east October 11, 2017 By Davis Jones  America’s top-selling board of the ’60s was not from the quiver of a West Coast superstar; it was the Hobie signature model of […]

Digital Archive: The Florida Pro 1979

Take a little time and read this hilarious article by Jeff Johnson in the Winter 79 issue of Wave Rider Magazine. Raging parties, raging hang-overs and raging hurricanes. Bikini contests, Karate demos, pier weidos and surfing too- featuring world famous surfers such as Shaun Thomson, Peter Townend and Pat Mulhern battling it out for big […]

Tabeling Team Board Donation

The museum recently had a visit from Don Dickenson whose story was posted in this blog entry: Don Dickenson . Don wished to support the museum with a donation of his team board when he rode for Tabeling Surfboards in the 80’s. It is a real gem with an eye-catching airbrush and team stickers. It is […]

Perspectives- El Salvador Surf Adventure

Another surf documentary by Will Lucas, Surf 64 Productions surf64.com. In the summer of 1975, six young surfers from The Jupiter Beach Florida area ventured out for their first El Salvador surf trip. The power of the Pacific Ocean was new to half the group, but as with any travelers at the time, other challenges […]

Florida Pro at Sebastian Inlet Coming Soon

The Inlet is back! Announcing the Florida Pro Surf Competition presented by Florida Beer Company Sunshine State FL-Lager taking place January 18-26 at Sebastian Inlet State Park. This contest is a World Surf League qualifying event – QS6000 Women’s & QS 1500 Men’s. Plus, bonus competitions with champions & icons, featuring former world champs and […]

Paddleout for Pat O’Hare

  A Memorial Paddleout will be held for Cocoa Beach surfing legend and East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame member Pat O’Hare. The event will begin with a memorial at 10 am at Mambos Grill, located on the beach at the International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Blvd, Cocoa Beach FL. The paddleout will be […]

Wave Rider Magazine- FSM Digital Archive Project

FSM continues its mission of preserving Florida’s surfing history with the first phase of our Digital Archive Project. We recently completed the archiving of Wave Rider Magazine, an important Cocoa Beach, Florida based surf magazine published by John and Gunnar Griffin. (John Griffin) Surfing was trying to gain a permanent image in the early seventies, […]

Tuy Hoa to Eniwetok- Don Dickinson’s Story

The 1960’s was an important era for the sport of surfing. What was once an exotic pastime for a few became an international craze thanks to the Hollywood media machine that produced Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo and dozens of similar teen movies. Bruce Brown’s Endless Summer was the trigger that released the final wave of […]

FSM Donates to Assist Puerto Rico

The Florida Surf Museum has donated $1000 to the Waves For Water Caribbean Hurricane Relief Initiative. W4W provides water filtration systems that provide an immediate supply of drinking water to communities most in need. If you are looking for a way to contribute to an island that has provided so much to Florida surfers, this […]

Gary Propper Exhibit Grand Opening

Epic is a over-used word these days but it was a perfect description for the grand opening of the “Gary Propper-Surf /Art/Entertainment” exhibit at the Florida Surf Museum. The museum overflowed with lengendary surfers, movers and shakers, hipsters, kids and locals alike. Many who showed up were friends of Gary who had not seen each […]

From Sebastian Inlet to Margaret River

The museum recently received an inquiry from an individual concerning the history of an old surfboard he had acquired. We get messages like this quite often- mostly from someone wishing to sell it. *Disclaimer- we do not give estimates on surfboard values. The best way to determine that is to look on Craigslist or E-Bay […]

2017 Waterman’s Challenge

The 2017 Waterman’s Challenge  (held June 3-4) continued the tradition of good weather, waves and vibes this year. We squeaked in two good days between two weeks of daily rain and were blessed with a surfable swell all weekend. Everyone from  groms to  geezers to Surfriders had divisions to compete in and the competition was […]

Book Review: Surfing Florida

From the Archives: Book Review: Paul Aho’s “Surfing Florida”

Long Lost Brassy’s Surfboard Found

Brassy’s Nightclub was a legendary Rock and Roll venue in Cocoa Beach. The building was originally the A&P grocery store- located where the post office now stands. From 1979 to 1987 the club, established by Alan Hemenway, featured world class acts such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Blue Oyster Cult, The […]

50 Years Strong- Eastern Surfing Association

Fifty years of the best competitive surfing organization in the world…

Surfing Santa Delivers a Christmas Memory

Written by John Hughes- pictures and story provided by Eddie Legge. A lifetime of surfing naturally accumulates many memories. They are meaningful in different ways, but nothing lingers in the mind more than the many surfboards that carried you across the waves. The tactile, solid state of foam and fiberglass, the interface to the ephemeral […]

Rainbow Beauty

Melbourne Beach collector Bill Grey sent pics of this gem. Bill writes: This is an 8 ft. long Rainbow Surfboard, signed by Doug Wright, 1982. Absolutely Mint. I bought it from the original owner, artist in Cocoa Beach, Michael Moffitt. Doug used a Lightning Bolt that Wayne Coombs brought back from Hawaii in the 1970’s […]

The Hobgoods Exhibit

“Hobgood-The Exhibit” Opens September 10th

The Florida Surf Museum is proud to present “Hobgood- The Exhibit” which chronicles the careers of twin brothers CJ and Damien Hobgood. They are the latest in a long line of champion surfers that have come from the Space Coast of Florida. The brothers grew up in Satellite Beach and quickly advanced in the highly […]

Matt Bellina’s Story Gets Recognized on Local PBS Channel

Never Give Up: Watch A Paralyzed Cocoa Beach Surfer Ride The Waves Again

Charlie Don’t Surf

Robert Duvall made the famous declaration “Charlie don’t surf” when he hit the beach with his Yater Spoon in the Vietnam war classic “Apocalypse Now”. Years later the TV series “China Beach” revived the myth of surfers who pioneered the waves of the Vietnam conflict. Pensacola’s Tom Hutson contributed the story of the real surfers […]

Waterman’s Challenge 2016

This year’s family-based, local surf competition and paddleboard race saw wonderful Summer conditions for early June. A bit of leftover swell from Tropical Storm Bonnie coupled with windswell brought waves and a record number of participants. The 2016 Waterman’s Challenge saw around 250 competitors! The Florida State Paddleboard Race started as a beach start, with Stand […]

Florida Surfing History in 3 Minutes

Video historian Will Lucas tells all in 3 minutes

Post Card Time Machine

Before the internet, facebook, instagram and the seemingly infinite iterations of modern social media existed- postcards were the medium of choice to share your adventures and vacations with friends and family. Who doesn’t remember the racks of postcards to be found in every drugstore and souvenir shop in every beach town? Post cards were cheap […]

Amazing Photo Discovery from Pensacola

Pensacola native and surf history sleuth Tom Hutson came across this amazing photo that adds to our knowledge of early Florida surfing history. Here is Tom’s commentary: This is a “game changer” for you Pensacola guys interested in local surf history.Over the past few years I’ve been fascinated talking to some of my surfing elders […]

Wish You Were Here

Noted surf photog, Tony Arruza, sent us these images from the Mars winter storm swell.  Taken in Palm Beach County where all the best waves seem to be this year. Thanks, Tony! Stayed tuned for a great exhibit coming soon at the museum featuring Tony’s art in an innovative format.

Catri’s Kevlar Surfboards

By John Hughes In the early 1970’s Dick Catri got wind of a new space age  fabric called Kevlar, that was lighter and more durable than the conventional fiberglass cloth commonly used in surfboard construction. It had been incorporated into commercial use- notably for tire belts-  but was not available to the public. Dick contacted […]

Mint Condition 70’s Catri Stinger- Sweeeet!

We received this e-mail from Melbourne Beach’s Bill Gray-   I just purchased this rare Catri Lightning Bolt. 1974-75, 6’8″ stinger, swallow tail. It has Catri’s signature under the glass (very rare). Donnie Mulhurn, thought he had glassed the board, at the old shop, on Desoto Parkway, Satellite Beach. The glass job and pin lines […]

Passages from the Surfer’s Bible

By Dan Reiter Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the seas. And the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. And when The Lord saw that the waters were without form, He said, “Let there be waves,” and there were waves. Then, seeing that the waves were good; indeed they were […]

Article- Op East II Surfing Championships at Sebastian Inlet

The eighties was when Florida surfers began to emerge as powerhouses on the national competitive scene. From an article in the Orlando Sentinel:   The Quest Continues Charlie Kuhn Leads East In Surfing Action BREVARD SPORTS September 21, 1989|By Mike Zizzo of The Sentinel Staff COCOA — Defending champion Charlie Kuhn of Indian Harbour Beach […]

Merry Christmas From Maine

We received this message from Derek Clifford from the chilly state of Maine: Merry Christmas to you! Just stopped in from Maine. My first time back in 30 years! I worked at Ron Jon back then! Somebody said to send a picture of my old Quiet Flight, now being used by my 11 y.o. daughter. Here you […]

70’s Flashback

Steve Bowman submitted this photo from’ the mid 70’s. He is sporting a  Surfboards Hawaii twin fin strapped to a deluxe get-to-the beach rig. This was taken at the surf ghetto around Brevard Ave. and 2nd street south. He mentioned Bill Cochran, Allen Spier, Greg Mungall and Gary Propper as some of the neighborhood residents.

FSM Newsletter

      The New Year is with us and the Florida Surf Museum has had its first year under our new name. Although we still a local museum with our roots in the Cocoa Beach and Space Coast surfing community we have begun expanding our horizons toward the history of Florida Surfing in general, […]