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-

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 […]

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 […]

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

Waterman’s Challenge Sign Up

Don’t forget! Our most popular event of the year is just a couple of weeks away on June 7  & 8, 2014, with preregistration on Friday night the 6th. Please get your entries in ASAP as they tend to fill up quickly,  and we have a limited number of spots available. These forms also reserve […]

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 […]

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 […]