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Surf Museum settles into new home

OCEANSIDE — On Feb. 16, the California Surf Museum opened its new museum store for business at its new facility at 312 Pier View Way in Oceanside. Work continues in the exhibit hall, archives, collections and workshop to ready these rooms for their public debut.
Along with a timeline of surfboards, the featured opening exhibit is “Sidewalk Surfers” — a historic look at the roots of skateboarding. The skateboard evolved as a method of enjoying the feeling of surfing while the waves were flat or inaccessible. The display focus is on surfboard shapers and professional riders and their skateboard models over the years.
Museum-sponsored events include a “garage sale” March 21 selling everything at its previous location at 223 N. Coast Highway 101 that is not moving to 312 Pier View Way. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 26 will be the grand opening with the ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m.
April 11 the museum will host ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro in concert at 6:30 p.m. Grace Chapel Theater, 102 N. Freeman St., and will show the film “Between the Lines” April 18, also at the theater. May 14 will be its second annual gala fundraiser.
The California Surf Museum is a nonprofit organization open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Oceanside’s Sunset Market. For more information, call (760) 721-6876 or go to
Membership rates range from $25 to $500. New membership includes a license plate frame and window sticker, periodic newsletters and invitations for all Museum events.
In the planning stages for summer is a gathering of those sidewalk surfers showcased in the featured exhibit “Sidewalk Surfers.”