International Surfing Museum.

International Surfing Museum: World's Largest Surfboard

Field review by the editors.

Huntington Beach, California

The beachside International Surfing Museum is small, but seems more spacious since its 2013 remodeling. It pays tribute to surfing giants such as Corky Carrol and Marge Calhloun. The museum collection includes a Duke Kahanamoku original hardwood board, Dick Dale's first electric guitar, the hand-and-footprints of Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, a life-size statue of The Silver Surfer, a gold record donated by Jan and Dean, and an exhibit titled, "A Visual History of the Ukulele."

The building's outside wall is decorated with a mural depicting the evolution of the surfboard. And on the pavement outside are two unrelated Surfing Walks of Fame, neither associated with the museum. The Walk of Fame began in 1994, while the Hall of Fame, whose plaques were once inside a store, had its plaques set into the pavement around a statue of Duke Kahanamoku beginning in 2002.

In January 2016 the World's Largest Surfboard, 42 feet long, was hung next to the parking lot. It set a world record in June 2015 when 66 people climbed aboard and rode a wave next to the Huntington Beach Pier. The surfboard is mounted in such a way that it can quickly be taken down and reused if its title needs to be defended.

International Surfing Museum: World's Largest Surfboard

Address:
411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA
Directions:
On the south end of town, on Olive Ave. two blocks in from the Pacific Coast Hwy, between Main (4th) and 5th Sts.
Hours:
T-Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
714-960-3483
Admission:
Adults $2.
RA Rates:
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