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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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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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Stoke flows as Simon Anderson thrills visitors

added to the website on Sep 16, 2013

There was an amazing atmosphere as surfers of all ages gathered to welcome Australian surfboard innovator Simon Anderson at the Museum of British Surfing yesterday. Anderson is one of the most influential surfer-shapers in the history of surfing. When he developed his three-fin ‘Thruster’ design over 1980 & ’81 he changed the face of surfing ……»

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UK Vintage Surf Meet draws crowds

added to the website on Sep 13, 2013

Hundreds of people descended on Braunton for the second annual Vintage Surf Meet on September 1st. The charity event attracted surfers from across the country who came to display their old surfboards outside the Museum of British Surfing and enjoy the Sixties SURFER! exhibition that’s running through until the end of the year. Most of ……»

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Surfing museum to feature on new ITV1 series

added to the website on Aug 07, 2013

A crew from the ITV1 programme ‘Storage Hoarders’ (Twofour Productions) spent four hours filming at the Museum of British Surfing today for a new daytime series. It is hosted by Aggie MacKenzie, famous for presenting ‘How Clean Is Your House’, and the six week run starts on Monday August 12th at 2pm. The programmes looks ……»

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New limited edition Sixties SURFER! souvenir shirts on sale

added to the website on Jul 04, 2013

A limited run of unique t-shirts have been created by our friends at Cornish clothing company Finisterre to commemorate this year’s exhibition – Sixties SURFER! Now on sale in the shop at the Museum of British Surfing, they feature an image by the late Doug Wilson showing Australian Pete Russell taking the first breathtaking slide ……»

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Visitor donates rare 1960s Bill Bailey surfboard

added to the website on Jun 22, 2013

One of the earliest fibreglass surfboards shaped by a Brit in the 1960s has been donated by a visitor to the Sixties SURFER! exhibition at the Museum of British Surfing. The decal reads ‘Custom Bailey Malibu SURF-BOARDS NEWQUAY’, showing it is one of the boards made between c1962 & ’64 by the man described by ……»

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£2 entry for International Surfing Day & Gold Coast Oceanfest

added to the website on Jun 20, 2013

To celebrate International Surfing Day & the Gold Coast Oceanfest we are offering a special reduced entry of just £2 per person (children five & under go free) to the Museum of British Surfing. Simply make a donation of £2, complete a Gift Aid form – and that’s it! The special offer is only valid ……»

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Dads go free on Father’s Day!

added to the website on Jun 08, 2013

Give your dad a treat this Father’s Day and bring him along to the Museum of British Surfing – free when accompanied by children – cowabunga! Yes, on Sunday June 16th 2013 all fathers, grandfathers, even great grandfathers can come in for nothing so long as they have ‘the kids’ with them. Normal admission charges ……»

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Your surfing museum needs you!

added to the website on May 17, 2013

The Museum of British Surfing has launched a new appeal today for people to join its volunteer team, and to donate old surf equipment to help expand the charity’s collection – see the full poster below. The ‘your surfing museum needs you’ campaign is based on the famous World War I poster featuring Lord Kitchener, ……»

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Sixties surfer donates his first surfboard

added to the website on May 05, 2013

A visit to the new exhibition Sixties SURFER! prompted Braunton based surfer and photographer James Davis to track down and donate his first surfboard to the Museum of British Surfing. He had the 7′ 8″ single-fin custom shaped by John Taylor in Bristol in the late Sixties at the start of the ‘shortboard revolution’. Taylor ……»

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