Santa Cruz, California: Surfing Museum - Shark Bite Board

World's first surfing museum and is still one of the smallest, in a one-room lighthouse, with historic boards hung from the ceiling, including a board with a large chunk bitten off by a hungry shark in 1991.
Address:
701 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Directions:
Inside of the small Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse on W. Cliff Drive. From the Dream Inn Hotel, walk along the metal railing overlooking the ocean for a quarter mile. The lighthouse is directly in front.
Phone:
831-420-6289
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Surfing was first brought here by Hawaiian Princes.

Surfing Museum - Shark Bite Board

Small one-room museum, but full of boards and background.

[Ed Eldridge, 08/13/2011]

One highlight is a board with a big shark bite taken out of it, and a couple of the teeth pulled out of the board. A plaque outside notes that surfing came to Santa Cruz during the summer of 1885, courtesy of three Hawaiian princes.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dead Surfers MemorialDead Surfers Memorial, Santa Cruz, CA - < 1 mi.
Surfing MonumentSurfing Monument, Santa Cruz, CA - < 1 mi.
Kitchen's Court of MysteriesKitchen's Court of Mysteries, Santa Cruz, CA - 1 mi.
In the region:
Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum, Carmel Valley, CA - 37 mi.

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