Revisit the Sixties!
The Sixties. Beatlemania. Rock and Roll. And… Surfing?
Yep! Influenced by the Beach Boys and foreign shores, the Sixties is when modern surfing hit Britain. Now, 50 years after it all began, the Museum of British Surfing is taking us back to the era of the cultural decade.
Sixties SURFER! is the largest exhibit of historic surfboards and memorabilia the UK has ever seen. The exhibit will also include films, photography, music and fashion from the decade. Want to know more about the items? Get yourself there!
Peter Robinson, the museum founder, had this to say –
“A massive sea change occurred in the swinging Sixties when the UK met Malibu, Bondi and the Beach Boys head-on, and a new surfing culture was imported from foreign shores. Make sure you come along and ‘hang ten’ with us this year, and check out the radical ‘baggies’, ‘Malibu boards’ and first wetsuits that changed the face of British surfing forever.”
As with most Museums, funding is needed. Thankfully, businesses across Devon and Cornwall have donated and sponsored the exhibit. 1960s wesuit pioneer Gul, surfing mag Wavelength and Finisterre clothing are just a few that have made this possible.
The Museum of British Surfing is located in North Devon and recently celebrated its one year anniversary of opening! A registered charity, the museum is the only of its kind in Europe. Currently, the museum has a range of permanent pieces including a history of early surfing and special activities for kids.
The exhibition started on 29th March and runs until 31st December 2013 at the Museum of British Surfing, located in Caen Street Car Park, Braunton North Devon EX33 1AA. Phone 01271 815155.
Source – SurfersPath