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Bill Bailey surfboard and Hilder family

Surf history stokes the generations

added to the website on Jul 29, 2014

The son & grandchildren of a man who donated a rare 1960s surfboard to the Museum of British Surfing had a surprising reunion with it yesterday afternoon. Jonathan Hilder used to ride the board as a kid in the 1970s, but didn’t recognise his dad Frank’s ‘Bill Bailey Malibu Surf-Board’ as it used to be ……»

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things to do north devon summer 2014

A great place to visit for surfers from novice to expert

added to the website on Jul 21, 2014

If you’re looking for things to do during your summer holiday in North Devon, make sure you follow Gabe Davies’ example and visit the Museum of British Surfing’s acclaimed surfing pioneers exhibition! Gabe (pictured) is seen here with his specialist big wave ‘tow-in’ surfboard that he donated to the museum collection. He used the board ……»

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cultural heritage apprentice

Cultural heritage apprentice vacancy at the surfing museum

added to the website on Jul 19, 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. This new position will give real hands-on experience and an industry recognised qualification to the successful applicant, working towards a Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprenticeship with our ……»

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surf lesson and museum visit - savings package

Book surfing lessons in North Devon & get surf museum visit!

added to the website on Jul 09, 2014

If you’re learning to surf in North Devon, you can now combine your lesson with a visit to the Museum of British Surfing so that you can find out more about our rich culture and heritage, thanks to the team at Walking on Waves – and it will save you money! Simply click here & ……»

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catalogue work starts

Work starts to catalogue Museum of British Surfing collection

added to the website on Jul 02, 2014

Work has started to catalogue the Museum of British Surfing’s massive collection, as part of the programme to achieve Arts Council England accreditation. In the photo with this post, museum volunteer Pauline D’Rane can been seen completing the first ‘object entry form’ with founder Peter Robinson. The first item recorded is a surfboard shaped for ……»

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North Devon surfing pioneers

First wave of surfers drop-in on pioneers exhibition

added to the website on Jul 01, 2014

North Devon’s first wave of 1960s surfers were reunited at the Museum of British Surfing on Sunday. The photo shows (left to right) Paul Latham, Peter Sandy and Alan Kift who were among the first to ride the ‘new’ fibreglass surfboards on the area’s beaches in the early 1960s; 50 years later they met to ……»

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surfers donate vintage surfboard

Surfers reunited with their first surfboard!

added to the website on Jun 26, 2014

Two surfers were reunited with their first surfboard today, that they had donated to the Museum of British Surfing’s collection. The rare board shaped by John Taylor in Bristol in the late 1960s is on display in the current exhibition about British surfing pioneers called ‘The First Wave’. It is one of only three currently ……»

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the first wave british surfing pioneers

Women’s surfing pioneer Gwyn Haslock in new advert

added to the website on Jun 16, 2014

Gwyn Haslock, poster girl for our current exhibition ‘The First Wave – British surfing pioneers’ is featured in a new advert for the car manufacturer Land Rover shot by award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. The 70-year-old from Newquay caught her first wave 60 years ago and still surfs as many days as possible. The production company ……»

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Bill Bailey surfboard restored

Donor delighted with conservation of his rare surfboard

added to the website on Jun 13, 2014

The owner of a rare Bill Bailey surfboard that he donated to the Museum of British Surfing was stunned to see the conservation work carried out by volunteers to reveal its original condition. The ‘Malibu’ board is the only one of its type known to survive, and is on display in the current British surfing ……»

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get active with ollypop at the museum of british surfing

Get active at the Museum of British Surfing this summer!

added to the website on Jun 04, 2014

Get active at the Museum of British Surfing this summer & you stand the chance of winning a fab Ollypop Surf towel & DVD! Simply don some of our retro surf gear & have someone snap a pic of you popping-up in your best surf stance on our special surfboard mat, post it on the ……»

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surfers and their stories British surfing history

British surfing pioneers; plus kids go free – Whitsun half term

added to the website on May 22, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing is open every day over the Whitsun school half term holiday, with great fun for all the family at the new British surfing pioneers exhibition -  ‘The First Wave – surfers & their stories‘. Plus kids aged 16 and under go free when accompanied by an adult! You can get ……»

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Braunton Academy & Kingsley Academy school visit

London & Braunton schools combine for museum visit

added to the website on May 20, 2014

Pupils from Braunton Academy joined forces with children from their new partner school Kingsley Academy, at Hounslow in London for a visit to the Museum of British Surfing today. The educational visit was part of a programme of events for the 24, Year 8 pupils which included surfing lessons at nearby Croyde beach. During their ……»

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Plank ash bodyboards charity fundraiser

Surf museum vintage style bellyboards now in stock

added to the website on May 03, 2014

Come and get Planked at the Museum of British Surfing! We now have in stock an exclusive range of Plank bellyboards featuring our unique ‘icon’ logo. They are modelled on the original vintage bellyboards of the 1920s & ’30s. Handmade in North Devon from locally grown olive ash which is dried in solar powered kilns, ……»

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world's biggest wave surfed

Surfer Andrew Cotton does Britain proud at International awards

added to the website on May 03, 2014

Britain’s leading big wave surfer Andrew Cotton narrowly missed out on the top prize at the Billabong XXL awards in California last night. Speaking to the Museum of British Surfing seconds after the results were announced, he said in typically stoic style: “Didn’t win! Gutted, but looking forward to riding an even bigger one in ……»

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Big wave surfer - photo Mikey Corker

British big wave surfer at global awards ceremony

added to the website on May 02, 2014

North Devon plumber & father of two Andrew Cotton will find out tonight (after 7.45pm PDT/04.00am BST) if he has set a new world record for the largest wave ever ridden, and won a 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Award for his achievements. Cotton aged 34 and from Braunton is in Los Angeles with his ……»

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charity fundraiser donated by Finisterre

Union Jack wave logo on new surf museum shirts

added to the website on Apr 27, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing’s iconic Union Jack wave logo features for the first time on the new limited edition t-shirts now available to help support the charity’s work celebrating UK surf heritage – they are for sale in our web shop and you can buy them direct from our gift shop in Braunton. 50 ……»

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Potential world record wave

Andrew Cotton flies to LA for global big wave awards

added to the website on Apr 20, 2014

Britain’s leading big wave surfer Andrew Cotton flies out to California on Richard Branson‘s Virgin Atlantic airline on April 28th for the annual Billabong XXL awards. The father-of-two from Devon could bring back a new world record for the UK, for the biggest wave ever ridden – estimated at around 80 feet at Nazare in ……»

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Prince George gets first surfboard

Prince George gets his first surfboard!

added to the website on Apr 19, 2014

During their royal visit down under the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were given a surfboard as a gift for their baby son Prince George. The Bennett Surfboard with special artwork commissioned by the local council and valued at $2,200 Australian dollars was presented by the Mayor of Manly Jean Hay who said; “They were ……»

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visit surfing pioneers exhibition

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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Opening day visitors from Sussex

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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