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Surfer reunited with surfboard & shaper after 45 years!

added to the website on Oct 10, 2014

It has been around 45 years, but today surfer Ron Stuart has been reunited with his original surfboard – thanks to a special event at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton. Ron Stuart, who is 87 next month, had the board made for him by John Taylor from Bristol in 1968. Taylor used to ……»

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2014 surf heritage charity raffle

Take part in the Museum of British Surfing annual raffle

added to the website on Sep 26, 2014

You can take part in our first-ever annual ‘surf heritage charity raffle’, aiming to raise £5,000 to support our work at the Museum of British Surfing celebrating & sharing our amazing surf culture. The top prize is a fabulous one-off Miller Surfboards ‘Styler’ longboard worth £1,000, hand shaped here in North Devon by Ellie Miller ……»

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Surf swap meet success!

added to the website on Sep 24, 2014

The third annual Surf Swap Meet at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton was the most successful yet, as people travelled from as far away as Kent, West Cornwall, Plymouth and many points between to be there. More than 100 vintage British surfboards were on display dating back as far as the 1930s, and ……»

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Big Wednesdays charity surf film nights

Big Wednesdays – charity film premieres this Autumn & Winter

added to the website on Sep 18, 2014

Join us for Big Wednesdays – a series of monthly surf film premieres this winter here in North Devon this Autumn & Winter! Once again we’re teaming up with The Thatch pub in Croyde & their legendary movie room, with the big screen & pumping sound system provided by Chris Burrows from the world famous ……»

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Surfing museum volunteers’ celebration party

added to the website on Sep 11, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing held its annual volunteers celebration party, thanking them for giving the Braunton-based charity more than 1,000 hours of their time over the last year. Pub landlord & landlady Bryan & Carol Godwin generously donated a meal for the whole team and their partners at The Black Horse in Church Street, ……»

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August Bank Holiday at the Museum of British Surfing

added to the website on Aug 21, 2014

If you’re visiting the West Country this August Bank Holiday weekend, there’s always lots for all the family to see and do at the Museum of British Surfing at Braunton in North Devon. Our new exhibition for 2014 is in full swing – ‘The First Wave’ is all about British surfing pioneers telling you their ……»

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New Braunton Skate Bowl planned by surfing museum

Braunton Skate Bowl redevelopment plan launched

added to the website on Aug 12, 2014

The Museum of British Surfing has unveiled plans to redevelop Braunton Skate Bowl & transform it into a top class facility. The ambitious project was given provisional approval by landlords Braunton Parish Council at a meeting last night – the next stage is to apply for formal planning permission and to find grants & other ……»

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original wooden surfboards donated

Veteran surfer donates her original surfboards

added to the website on Aug 09, 2014

Pamela Gott caught her first wave at Saunton in North Devon as a young woman in 1945, now 69 years later she has donated her original wooden surfboards to the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton. She came to visit our acclaimed 2014 exhibition about British surfing pioneers – ‘The First Wave‘. Pamela’s boards are ……»

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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 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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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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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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