Central Florida Archives - Florida Surf Museum

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Florida Surf Museum Swap Meet

Florida Surf Museum is having it’s second swap meet on Saturday,the 23rd of April. Buy, sell trade. Get rid of stuff or take stuff home. No charge- first come first serve for the best spots. The museum will provide burgers and hotdogs. Please bring chips, drinks or anything good to eat. Bring your board too- […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

The 1988 OP Pro at Sebastian Inlet

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

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 […]

THE 6TH ANNUAL FLORIDA WOMEN OF THE WAVES

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Event: Bob Freeman, Talking Story

Come join us for this great talk this Wednesday evening! Bob Freeman, Talking Story The CBSM is delighted to welcome Bob Freeman as its first interview for “Talking Story,” a video series sponsored by the Surf Museum and the Brevard County Historical Commission. Every few months, Dan Reiter will sit down at Café Surfinista with a […]

Movie Featuring Matt Bellina by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski

A new video produced and filmed by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski featuring Cocoa Beach surfer Matt Bellina, who was recently paralyzed in an accident. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and therapy treatment locally. This video also includes information on two upcoming fundraising events for Matt in October and November. Matt Bellina Surfing Movie

14th Annual Paddleboard Championship- by John Hughes

14th Annual Florida State Paddleboard Championship by John Hughes This year’s championship, on April 19th, continued an unwelcome trend of unseasonably rough weather threatening the contest site. The worst winter in many years was funneling two distinct cold fronts toward Florida. Sandwiched between them was a three-day pocket of good weather which may or may not arrive […]

2013 Causeway to Causeway Paddle Challenge- by John Hughes

Written by John Hughes, Photography by Georgette McWilliams For the seventh annual Causeway to Causeway Paddle Challenge (C2C), a fundraiser for the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, we made a major change to take advantage of what we have learned from previous years. From the beginning, the C2C was a 22-mile course starting from Lee Wenner […]

Learn to Surf Normal- by Matt Bellina

Learn to Surf Normal By: Matt Bellina Recently, the annual NKF contest wrapped up after another good year. I didn’t do so hot, but it doesn’t matter at all. The contest did good, and that’s all that matters. And over the years that contest has given me a lot of memories. I grew up in […]

Results for the 12th Annual Waterman’s Challenge, June 1st- 2nd, 2013

2013 Waterman’s Challenge Results (PDF)

2013 Florida State Paddleboard Championships In Photos- taken by Georgette McWilliams

Start of 7 Mile Race from Cocoa Beach Pier Competitor Finishing the Race Start of King and Queen of the Beach Competition  

2013 Florida State Paddleboard Championships- by John Hughes

This year’s 13th Annual FSPBC was held at the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier in conjunction with our partner, the Easter Surf Fest. The last two years we had been plagued with truly awful weather conditions. The 2012 race even had to be moved to the Indian River due to hazardous sea conditions. This year, though, […]

Talking Story with Pat O’Hare – by James MacLaren

Ok, so they said they’d like me to do an oral history of Pat O’Hare. Ok, fine. What’s an oral history? I’m new to this kind of stuff. Turns out I’m going to set up a video camera, turn it on and then sit down and ask Pat a zillion questions about his entire life’s […]