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Oceanside, CA –The California Surf Museum cordially invites you to the Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our newest exhibit, “Donald Takayama: Shaping Boards and Lives” on Sunday, April 24th from 2:00-5:00 P.M. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will happen at 3:00 P.M. and refreshments will be served.

This event represents more than a year of planning and is the first new major exhibit for the museum since the pandemic changed all our lives beginning in early 2020, but its significance goes far beyond that distinction. Donald Takayama, who passed away in 2012, will forever be recognized as one of the top San Diego-based performance surfers of his generation. More importantly, his unparalleled genius and skill in the shaping room, which spans six decades of board-building and includes induction into the International Surfboard Builder Hall of Fame, will forever be etched in San Diego North County history.

On behalf of all of us at the California Surf Museum and the Takayama family, we hope you will be able to join us in celebrating Donald’s life and distinct contributions to our coastal way of life. Please RSVP to 760-721-6876 if you plan to attend.

Sincerely, Jim Kempton President, California Surf Museum

Coming Wednesday, July 27
Presentation and book signing by author Patrick Moser
Surf & Rescue George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture

The mixed-race Hawaiian athlete George Freeth brought surfing to Venice, California, in 1907. Over the next twelve years, Freeth taught Southern Californians to surf and swim while creating a modern lifeguard service that transformed the beach into a destination for fun, leisure, and excitement.

Patrick Moser places Freeth’s inspiring life story against the rise of the Southern California beach culture he helped shape and define. Freeth made headlines with his rescue of seven fishermen, an act of heroism that highlighted his innovative lifeguarding techniques. But he also founded California’s first surf club and coached both male and female athletes, including Olympic swimming champion and “father of modern surfing” Duke Kahanamoku. Often in financial straits, Freeth persevered as a teacher and lifeguarding pioneer — building a legacy that endured long after his death during the 1919 influenza pandemic. A compelling merger of biography and sports history, Surf and Rescue brings to light the forgotten figure whose novel way of seeing the beach sparked the imaginations of people around the world.

Author Bio … Patrick Moser teaches writing at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the editor of Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing and has collaborated on two books with 1977 world surfing champion Shaun Tomson: The Code: The Power of ‘I Will’ and Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life. He has written articles for Surfer magazine and The Surfer’s Journal. He is currently at work on a book about California beach culture from 1920 to World War II.

SAVE THE DATE for CSM’s14th Annual Gala Fundraiser!

Saturday, Nov. 5, 4-10pm Cape Rey Hilton, Carlsbad
Join with us as we honor this year’s Silver Surfers: Kathy Zuckerman, the original Gidget Bing Copelend, founder of Bing Surfboards and legendary shaper Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
Tickets on sale May 1! Online at surfmuseum.org, at the California Surf Museum, or call 760-721-6876.

New sponsorship levels available this year!

Shop the California Surf Museum Store!
Our Museum Store is stocked up with lots of unique merchandise both in store and online! Click here to shop online (California Surf Museum members: be sure to call in your order to get your 10% discount).

Remember, memberships always make great gifts — click here. Besides 10% off most Museum Store items, members get free admission to our exhibit hall, and free or reduced admission to our Big Wednesdays and other in-house events.

Already a member? Be sure to share the stoke by sharing your guest passes with your friends and family!

Our Exhibit Hall is OPEN! 10am-4pm Daily
– Donald Takayama: Shaping Boards and Lives– Wave Science: Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)– A Brief History of Surfboards: from Wood to Foam and Fiberglass– Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton– Let’s Boogie! Tom Morey and the Evolution of the Boogie Board– Making Waves: Caitlin Simmers– Bodysurfing: Fins and Handplanes
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DONATE TO CSM NOW … or later!

Amazon Smile donates to CSM! Make sure you shop Amazon Smile and select the California Surf Museum Encinitas (that’s our full legal name) as your charity of choice — or click here. Amazon Smile donates to the California Surf Museum!

Mission Statement The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing by capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

California Surf Museum Founded 1986312 Pier View Way Oceanside CA 92054 760-721-6876


Open 10-4 daily. Browse the Museum Store for free. Admission to Exhibit Hall: CSM members free, $7 general admission, $5 student/senior/military, under 12 free.
Closed for major holidays and special events.

Click here to shop the California Surf Museum Online Store 24/7
The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

California Surf Museum | 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

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