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Sunset Beach – The 1965 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surf Championship!

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Film Screening presented by Opper Films:

The 1965 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship 

Wednesday, July 12Doors open at 6pm

$15 general admission $10 current CSM members

Seating is limited. Call 760-721-6876 to buy your ticket in advance to reserve your seat.

For the first time in surfing history the world’s best surfers were brought together.

For the first time in surfing history the world’s best surfers were brought together in one group to compete in the world’s greatest surf at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. 

The first annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship was a one-day event held December 15, 1965 at Sunset Beach in perfect 10-12 foot surf. Twenty-four of the world’s best surfers were invited to compete. The television film coverage was directed by Larry Lindberg, a pioneer in sports television coverage in the early 1960s who was the first to package and produce televised surf competition for the major national television networks beginning with this contest. The production crew was headed up by Bruce Brown and included cameramen Greg MacGillvray, Jim Freeman, Spyder Wills, Greg Weaver and Val Valentine. Interviews included Miki Dora, Jeff Hakman, Felipe Pomar, and the Duke. 

Invited surfers: Jeff Hakman, Mike Doyle, Paul Strauch, Fred Hemmings, Peter Cole, Mickey Muñoz, Richard Chew, John Peck, Skip Frye, Kealoha Kaio, Miki Dora, Felipe Pomar, Mike Hynson, Robert August, Rusty Miller, Butch Van Artsdalen, Corky Carroll, Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Bobby Cloutier, Jackie Eberle, Kimo Hollinger, George Downing, Joey Cabell.

Event crew and judges: Fred Van Dyke, Randy Rarick, Wally Froiseth, Phil Edwards, Kimo Hollinger, Kimo McVay, Buzzy Trent, Walter Hoffman, George Downing.

Never Die Young and Tambourine Man

A Musical Celebration of James Taylor and… the Ultimate Tribute to Bob Dylan!

THIS Saturday, July 1 • 7:30pm

The Grand | Ritz Theater • 301 E. Grand, Escondido

Never Die Young with our very own Dave Sheils and his daughter Kylea are headlining another show! Get a taste of them here.

Experience the ultimate double bill of tribute acts that will transport you to the golden era of music. Tambourine Man pays homage to the legendary Bob Dylan, bringing his greatest hits and hidden gems to life with an electric performance. Then, immerse yourself in the authentic live experience of James Taylor with Never Die Young, led by the talented David Sheils, Tim Godwin and Kylea Sheils, as they honor Taylor’s iconic style and deliver his timeless melodies.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of nostalgia and musical brilliance — click here to get your tickets now and prepare to be captivated by the magic of these remarkable tribute acts. Be sure to use the discount code TAYLOR when buying your tickets.

Neverland by Tricia Shantz

Wednesday, September 20

Doors open at 6pmAdmission TBD

Book Talk and Book Signing with Tricia Shantz and Rusty Miller

Tricia dedicated Neverland to Rusty Miller as the inspiration. The cover is of Roy Meisel, an American who started Bare Nature, the surf shop in Byron Bay, Australia.

Neverland documents the colorful history of the American and Australian surfers who made Byron Bay their home in the 1960s and 1970s. Told in their own words, the book illustrates how this eclectic group of surfers shaped the Byron Bay we know today. There are 45 interviews of surfers and 173 striking images including the famous: George Greenough, Nat Young, Bob McTavish, Rusty Miller, and the not so famous: Bob Newland, Peter Green, Earl Cochran, Garth Murphy.

About the author: Tricia Shantz, also known as “Mrs. Rusty Miller,” is a Social Geographer/Researcher who works in the fields of journalism, urban planning, social planning and community development. Tricia lives in Byron Bay, Australia. She is passionate about the environment and social construct of her community. Together with Rusty Miller she published their first two books: Turning Point Surf Portraits and Stories from Bells to Byron 1970 – 1971 in 2012 and Turning Point II Surf Portraits and Stories Hawaii: Oahu-Kauai-Maui 1968-1972 in 2014. A third book. No Fixed Abode; Stories from the streets around Byron Bay in 2017, was in conjunction with the Byron Bay Community Association. She is co-publisher of the Byron Guide magazine. 180 page Neverland will be available for purchase at the book talk

The Super Girl Surf Pro September 22-24 at Oceanside Pier beach and bandshell.

Volunteers are needed to help put on the best event yet including set up on September 21st before the start of the festival.

The event weekend will include the world’s largest women’s surf competition, live concerts and other stage entertainment, a festival village with vendors, a female only esports tournament, fitness classes, food, and much more! Click here for the online application.

Volunteers are responsible for many aspects of the event, including but not limited to event operations, promotion, athlete registration and management, catering, the festival village, hospitality, competition management, photography, and guest services.

No event would be possible without the generous help of volunteers! Working at the event is a great opportunity to get an insight into the production and execution of a major action sports event and music festival. Service hours paperwork for any school or organization that tracks volunteer hours will be signed.

NOTE: This event is not affiliated with the California Surf Museum but is an opportunity for those interested to be a part of the biggest surf contest in Oceanside, which we are happy to advertise.

15th Annual Gala FundraiserSaturday, Nov. 4, 2023, 4-10pm at the Cape Rey, Carlsbad, with support from Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort and Opper Films /The Surf Network

Tickets are now available!

Click here to read about this year’s Gala, purchase your tickets and make your hotel reservation with our group discount. Be sure to check the website for Gala updates.

We are asking for donations for our Gala silent auction to reach our fundraising goals. Please consider donating gift certificates, items, experiences or services that highlight your brand. Click here for donation details. Click here to download a donation form. Thanking you in advance for your support!

2023 Silver Surfers Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings, Paul Strauch Jr. and Butch Van Artsdalen to be Honored at 15th Annual Gala

The 1965 Duke Kahanamoku surf team. From left: Paul Strauch, Joey Cabell, Duke Kahanamoku, Fred Hemmings, Butch Van Artsdalen. Photo credit: Produced by Kimo McVay

The four surfing greats named in 1965 by Duke Kahanamoku as charter members of his now famous surf team, created to assist him as ambassadors of surfing and spreading the spirit of Aloha around the world — Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings, Paul Strauch Jr. and Butch Van Artsdalen — have been named 2023 recipients of the Museum’s “Silver Surfer Award,” a lifetime achievement award presented annually to surfers who have made significant contributions to the culture and lifestyle of the surfing community. This year’s recipients will be presented with their award at the Museum’s 15th Annual Gala Fundraiser at the Cape Ray Hilton Resort in Carlsbad on the evening of November 4, 2023.

Our Exhibit Hall is Open 10am-4pm Daily

NOW ON EXHIBITClick here to read about some of our exhibits online.

– The Science of Surfing; an educational exhibit addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics concepts.

– 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: Bryce Wettstein

– Bodysurfing: Fins and Handplanes

Shop the California Surf Museum Store!

Click here to shop online (California Surf Museum members: be sure to call in your order to get your 10% discount available on many store items).

Remember, memberships always make great gifts — click here — or click here to renew your membership today! Besides 10% off many 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!

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