British surfing history

The earliest recorded surfing in Britain so far is 1890, but we have had contact with surfing as far back as at least 1769.

We have a rich and fascinating surfing history which can be enjoyed by visiting the Museum of British Surfing – our surf heritage and culture exhibitions change every year, and do get in touch if you’d like to help us carry out new research.

In addition to this we now hold the archive and maintain the website for The First Wave – a Heritage Lottery funded surfing oral history project telling the story of British surfing by those who were there.

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