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Legendary shaper’s family visit surfing pioneers exhibition

added to the website on Apr 11, 2014

A group of special visitors from Australian dropped-in at the Museum of British Surfing today to see our new UK surfing pioneers exhibition ‘The First Wave’ – and got a big surprise! Nicola & Sofala Hall are the daughter & granddaughter of the legendary shaper John Hall who lived and worked in North Devon in ……»

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10 years of British surfing history exhibitions

added to the website on Apr 06, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon is celebrating a decade of displaying its acclaimed surf heritage exhibitions in communities around the UK. In April 2004 the surfing museum unveiled its first display on Brighton beach, and now in 2014 has launched its new British surfing pioneers exhibition ‘The First Wave – surfers ……»

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The First Wave exhibition – new from April 5th 2014

added to the website on Mar 19, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing re-opens after its annual winter refit on Saturday April 5th 2014, with its third major new exhibition ‘The First Wave – surfers & their stories‘. This exciting new display has touch-screen units so that you can find out about British surfing history from those who were there, including interviews with ……»

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Scottish surfing pioneer George Law passes away

added to the website on Mar 18, 2014

The man credited with having one of the first ‘Malibu’ surfboards in Scotland in the mid 1960s, George Law, has died. His friend and fellow Scottish surfing legend Andy Bennetts said; “George died in Vancouver last Friday after a long battle with cancer. He had emigrated to Canada and continued surfing off Vancouver Island from ……»

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Surfing museum launches apprenticeship

added to the website on Mar 14, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing is creating a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in working in the museums & heritage sector with a new apprenticeship post starting in 2014. “We are delighted to be working with Plymouth College of Art to create this new post that will give real hands-on experience and an industry ……»

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Volunteer with the Museum of British Surfing

added to the website on Mar 11, 2014

If you love meeting people, we’d love to meet you! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team from April 2014 and become ‘the face’ of the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon. Each year we welcome thousands of visitors from all over the world at our award-winning and vibrant heritage attraction ……»

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Now we are three! Museum launches discount prices for 2014

added to the website on Feb 25, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing is celebrating opening for its third year in Braunton, North Devon, with a third new major surf history exhibition – and a revamped price structure for visitors giving even better value for money. From April 2014 when you buy a full price adult or concession ticket you can get in ……»

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February school half term things to do

What’s on – February school half term events

added to the website on Feb 14, 2014

If you’re in North Devon for the school half term holiday this February, we have a host of family friendly things to do at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton that will get you stoked & take your mind off the winter blues! First up is the last chance to see our fantastic exhibition ……»

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Devon surfer Andrew Cotton rides into record books

added to the website on Feb 04, 2014

It is proving to be a life-changing winter for North Devon surfer Andrew Cotton, as many people believe he has set a new world record for the biggest wave ever surfed during his latest session at Nazare in Portugal on Sunday. Cotty was already in contention for the record with a wave he rode at ……»

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1960s surfing pioneer Percy Blandford passes away aged 101

added to the website on Jan 11, 2014

Percy Blandford, who enabled hundreds of British surfers to ride their first wave with his hollow wooden surfboard design, passed away yesterday at the grand age of 101. A naval architect from Newbold on Stour in Warwickshire, he is known and respected worldwide for his home-build boat and canoe designs. Around 1964 Percy hit upon ……»

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Surfers ride historic storm waves

added to the website on Jan 08, 2014

A group of expert big wave surfers from around the world met on the west coast of Ireland to take on giant waves generated by the infamous Hercules storm. Among their ranks was Devon’s Andrew Cotton who rode one of the world’s biggest ever waves in Portugal at the end of last year. As the ……»

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Happy New Year!

added to the website on Dec 31, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing sends its best wishes for a very Happy New Year to all of its visitors & volunteers! Together you have helped make it a roaring success as we head into 2014, our third ‘season’, thank you. With 12,000 visitors through the doors since we opened in 2012, 6,500 following us ……»

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Community carols at the surfing museum

added to the website on Dec 23, 2013

More than 100 people attended the first annual community carol concert at the Museum of British Surfing, making it a huge success. The St Brannock’s Church Choir (pictured) led the singing at the charity event, which was supported by H & A Catering and The Thatch pub who provided the mince pies & mulled wine. ……»

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BBC History team make surf heritage documentary

added to the website on Dec 18, 2013

Dr Sam Willis from the BBC’s History unit visited the Museum of British Surfing earlier this year to make a short documentary about UK surf heritage. Sam also donated a rare and beautifully decorated Cornish wooden bellyboard dating from the early 1900s. Watch his interview with surf museum founder Peter Robinson for the BBC History ……»

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£5,000 fund appeal

Braunton skate bowl fundraising appeal launched

added to the website on Dec 05, 2013

An appeal has been launched today to raise £5,000 to start the regeneration of Braunton Skate Bowl, a community facility run by the registered charity the Museum of British Surfing. The idea is to create a new top class bowl-based skate park on the existing site, taking up most of the flat areas that are ……»

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Shop & help raise funds for the surfing museum charity

added to the website on Nov 16, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing has launched a new gift shop on its website today ready for Christmas 2013, and it’s the perfect place to pick up a unique present for the surfer in your life! Many of the products that we sell aren’t available anywhere else, plus of course you can still pop into ……»

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British surfer rides potential world record wave

added to the website on Oct 31, 2013

Surfer Andrew Cotton, who performed the official opening of the Museum of British Surfing, has created history riding possibly the world’s biggest ever wave at around 80 feet at Nazare in Portugal. The North Devon man appeared on BBC2′s Newsnight last night, interviewed by Jeremy Paxman about his exploits. ‘Cotty’ was out in Nazare riding ……»

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Surf science students visit museum

added to the website on Oct 23, 2013

Students and lecturers from Cornwall College in Newquay visited the Museum of British Surfing this week as part of their Surf Science foundation degree. The course is aimed at people wanting to get work in the surfing industry or related environmental fields. It enables students to experience designing & building their own surfboard, take surf ……»

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Locals go free offer – November 2nd & 3rd

added to the website on Oct 19, 2013

As a special treat to end the school half term holiday this Autumn, we’re having a ‘Locals Go Free’ weekend at the Museum of British Surfing on November 2nd & 3rd 2013! If you live in the EX31, EX32, EX33, EX34, EX35 and EX39 postcode areas, simply bring along current identification showing your name and ……»

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Sixties SURFER! Just 3 months to go for 2013 exhibition

added to the website on Oct 03, 2013

There’s just three months left to drop-in and see the fantastic exhibition at the Museum of British Surfing – Sixties SURFER! To whet your appetite here’s a newly produced clip from Matt Warshaw’s excellent online Encylopedia of Surfing showing Rod Sumpter surfing various locations in the 1960s. You can get up close and personal with ……»

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