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 […]

Old School Design- My Feral Pigs! by Larry Rother, Sr.

OLD SCHOOL DESIGN – MY FERAL PIGS! By: Larry E. Rother, Sr. Now don’t get the idea that this story is about me owning hundreds of acres of land where Feral Pigs like to roam, multiply and rut while destroying the countryside, because it’s not. Or that I have a college degree in Veterinary Medicine, […]

China Beach

This is Pensacola surfer, Larry Martin, manning the surf concession booth on China Beach in Vietnam around 1967. Larry served in the Army and oversaw the beach so the troops could have some R&R during the war. The 1980’s TV series, “China Beach” staring Dana Delaney was inspired by Larry and the crew that hung out there. […]

Raffle for a Bark SUP!

Custom Bark Racing SUP Raffle Event Have you ever wondered what it is like to paddle one of those super cool, super fast racing SUP’s you see in the magazines? Have you ever  wondered how you could possibly afford one of those $5000 dream machines? Well, the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum has the answer to […]

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 […]

Wave Lengths | Vol 5 Iss 3

Click on the title and then download here Florida Women of the Waves with photographs by Lisa Traweek / The 2012 C2C with photographs by Georgette McWilliams / The Cocoa Beach Holiday Parade / And more

Ohana – by John Hughes

In the Hawaiian language the word “Ohana” is steeped in significance and purpose. The simple definition of Ohana is family, or clan. But for Hawaiians the word symbolizes the importance of shared sacrifice and caring that holds families and communities together and strengthens their culture against the pressures of history. This is certainly not a […]

Wave Lengths | Vol 5 Iss 2

Click on the title and then download here 11th Annual Waterman’s Challenge Weekend / Shea Weber and the Performer: Staying Close to the Soul, by Tom Fucigna / It was a Dark and Moonlit Night, by Dan Mahoney / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 5 Iss 1

Click on title and then download here Surfing Florida: a Photographic History / Agatha Christie: Writing Murder Mysteries and Surfing, by John Curran / Splitting the Atom: a Tale of Two Pieces, by Tom Fucigna / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 4 Iss 3

Click on title and then download here East West: The William Francis Whitman Family, by Pamela Whitman Mattson, Reprinted with Permission from The Ocean Magazine / Rough Weather, Tougher Competitors, by John Hughes / Florida Women of the Waves / Yeah, Baby, She’s Got it, by Tom Fucigna / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 4 Iss 2

Click on title and then download here 10th Annual Waterman’s Challenge / 2011 Florida State Paddle Board Championship, by John Hughes / Work in Progress, by Tom Fucigna / An Open Letter to Ricky Carroll – Yancy Spencer (1950-2011), by Skip Savage / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 4 Iss 1

Click on title and then download here Puerto Rico Holiday, by Dan Mahoney / It Happened this Way . . . , by John Hughes / A Harmless and Necessary Evil?, by Tom Fucigna / And More

Wave Lengths | Vol 3 Iss 4

Click on title and then download here Hollister Ranch Medley: Trespassing Private Property with Ron Stoner 1961, by Mike Hynson / Hollister Ranch 1971, by J.J. White / Artist’s Comments, by Wade Kaniakowsky / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 3 Iss 3

Click on title and then download here Out & Back, by Tom Fucigna / The Golden Age of Surfing, by John Hughes / C2C IV / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 3 Iss 2

Click on title and then download here Florida Women of the Waves / An Incomplete Education, by Athena Sasso / Prejudice & Pride, by Tom Fucigna / Spirit of the WC – the New Generation, by Jeff Cranston / Cocoa Beach Surf Museum goes Geeky, by Dennis Bennett / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 3 Iss 1

Click on title and then download here   Style and Substance – Sharon Wolfe Cranston, by Athena Sasso / Transformation: A Bare Necessity, by Tom Fucigna / Paddle on, by Cynthia Aguilar / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 2 Iss 4

Click on title and then download here Big Board Show / C to Shinin’ C, by John Hughes / Toes Up, by Tom Fucigna / California Road Trip: Battle of the Paddle, by John Hughes / The Paipo Project, by Rod Rodgers / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 2 Iss 3

Click on title and then download here Alexander Hume Ford and the story he told, by Athena Sasso / Get your Mind in the Gutter, by Tom Fucigna / And more  

Wave Lengths l Vol 2 Iss 2

Wave Lengths l Vol 2 Iss 2

Wave Lengths | Vol 2 Iss 1

Click on title and then download here The Hall of Obscurity (Occasional Articles about People you Don’t Know, but Should): Mark Wessling, by John Hughes / The Way from Here to There, by Tom Fucigna / The Pig and the Odds, by Athena Sasso / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 1 Iss 3

Click on title and then download here Surfing Morocco, by John Hughes / One Piece, by Tom Fucigna / Obama Depicted in Florida Surfing Artwork, by Justin Beard / C2C-Take 2, by John Hughes / And more

Wave Lengths | Vol 1 Iss 2

Click on title and then download here Salam or Shalom (on a slab of glass and foam), by Tom Fucigna / WC.7, by Athena Sasso / The Surf Report, by Roy Harrell / Florida State Paddleboard Championship – 10th Edition, by John Hughes / Surf ‘Til You’re, you know, at Least 90, by Athena Sasso / […]

Wave Lengths | Vol 1 Iss 1

Click on title and then download here What’s Old is New Again-The Reincarnation of The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, by Sean O’Hare / The Great Escape, by Tom Fucigna / In Their Own Words – Gaulden Reed and Chris Harazda / First Pot Luck! / And more