Blog Archives - Florida Surf Museum

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 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, […]

The 1988 OP Pro at Sebastian Inlet

Throwing tail, slashbacks, babes on the beach and a young Kelly Slater-

The high five heard around the world

Plastic Fantastic- A Window into the beginning of the Shortboard Revolution

Enjoy this clip from the 1968 movie “PLastic Fantastic”. This shows the highlight of the film where some of the best surfers from California- on a visit to Australia- compete with the best Australian surfers. The Americans, expecting to show the Australians how it is done, are shocked into the future by the Australians revolutionary […]

Surfing Santas Surfboard Auction

Surfing Santas of Cocoa Beach is auctioning a custom balsa wood board by George Robinson Surf Designs. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a one-of-a- kind surfboard. Proceeds go to benefit the Florida Surf Museum and Grind For Life. Surfin’ Santas Custom Surfboard eBay Auction

Vintage Skate Video- Jim McNulty

Tribute to Jim McNulty – East Coast Surfer – Skater – he made is name in surfing and skating in Ocean City Maryland and later in Indialantic Florida. This clip is from the “Extras” menu featured in the movie Board Shorts and made available with the help of Donna McNulty. Thanks to Will Lucas for […]


Sharon Cranston Photo: Shoretip Cuyno Once again WOW! Florida Women of the Waves. What a weekend we had! Thank you all for traveling from all over the state of Florida and beyond! This is a total labor of love to be able to put on an event like this. Special thanks to Florida Surf Museum, […]

Hawaiian Plank Surfing

Did you ever wonder what it was like surfing those heavy wooden surfboards? Wonder no more…

Surf Jet Fun early 80s

Steve Bowman, of Cocoa Beach, submitted this photo of him blasting a high speed carve in the waters off Kiwanis Island in Merritt Island. Steve worked at the Tabelings Surfing World surf shop in the early 80s. He and Mike Tabeling would travel across Florida giving demonstrations to promote sales. Steve once had his wife, […]

O’Hare Surfboard Bonds Generations

Last year the museum received this message on our Facebook page: Jul 05, 2014 12:51pm Hi guys, I wanted to send this pic to whomever may be interested….we just left Cocoa Beach this morning after a week vacation. My dad (60) bought this board there 40 years ago and brought it back down with us. […]

Vintage Salick Surfboard Finds Its Way Home

This very nice vintage Salick twinnie was donated to the Florida Surf Museum by Pat and Tammy Jones of Mackinaw Illinois. Pat bought this surfboard at the original Salick shop on 3rd Street North When Pat was 10 years old. His family moved to Illinois after living in Cocoa Beach for five years and Pat […]

Surfing Daytona Beach-1943

It was 1943 and World War II was raging overseas. German U-boats patrolled the Florida coast and the eastern seaboard, attacking merchant shipping, as Allied and Axis troops fought across battlegrounds in Europe and Africa. That same year a few Daytona Beach high schoolers were enjoying an idyllic summer surfing warm Florida waves. These photos […]

My Old Hobie

Me with a Hobie Gary Propper model ca. 1974. I borrowed it from a friend of my dad and surfed it every day that summer. Went into the navy the next year and later heard he sold it in a garage sale for $35 Posted by John Hughes on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Caroline Marks rips!

Ron Jon Surf Shop team rider Caroline Marks surfing a fun summer swell at home in Melbourne Beach Florida the week before moving to California and dominating the 2015 NSSA Nationals. At 12 years old Caroline has the power and flow that a seasoned veteran would possess and its clear she has a special connection […]

Swap Meet

Swap meet II

  SWAP MEET II July 19th at the pavilion, Tables PAFB. 11am to 2pm Come join us for our second swap meet. Our last one was so much fun, we are doing it again. Bring a potluck dish if you can and beverages. The museum will provide burgers and dogs. Last time there were lots […]

Space Coast Surfing- 2010

Enjoy this video overview from Will Lucas of surfing around Brevard County.

Patsy Scruggs

Blake Hollow Style Boards in Florida

From John Hughes, Executive Director- I recently found this photo by Roger Scruggs in the museum archive. In the photo is Roger’s sister, Patsy Scruggs. This was taken in the early 60’s in Cocoa Beach. What is unusual is that Patsy is riding a Tom Blake style hollow board. Roger states that these boards were […]

Waterman’s Challenge 2015 Wrap-up and Results

Water spouts threatened from the east, thunderstorms growled to the west, sharks prowled the line-up, but nothing could ruin the good vibe at this year’s Waterman’s Challenge. Once again we had very contestable surf for the entire weekend and the contest ran as smoothly as we could have hoped. There was a great turnout for […]

First Swap Meet Held on May 17, 2015

The Florida Surf Museum hosted a covered dish picnic and swap meet at Tables Beach on May 17, 2015. We had a good turnout and a great time reminiscent of the old 2ndlight get-togethers.

2015 Big Wave Awards Nominees Announced

Last week, the World Surf League released the nominees for the 2015 Big Wave Awards. Categories include Ride of the Year, Paddle, Tube, and XXL Biggest Wave. Each category comes with a prize for both the surfer and the photographer/videographer who captured the winning performance. “It was another spectacular year of big wave surfing, all […]