50 Years Strong- Eastern Surfing Association

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

Gifts From The Ocean and the Fishing/Surfing Connection

This article by Tom Warnke, a Palm Beach County Surfing History Project Trustee, explores the relationship between surfing and fishing: Gifts From The Ocean, And The Fishing/Surfing Connection

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]