The New Smyrna Beach Museum of East Coast Surfing, Inc. was founded by a group of local surfers with more than 200 years of combined surfing experience who lived and revived the sport of surfing in the '60's and became part of evolution of the local surfing culture. These pioneers became part of the wave that later made New Smyrna Beach famous for producing some of the best surfers and surfboard manufacturers in the world.
It is appropriate that New Smyrna Beach was named as one of the "Top 10 Surf Towns" in 2009, and one of the best beach towns by National Geographic in 2009, Travel and Leisure Magazine in 2013 and Business Insider also in 2013.
The Museum is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity. Our temporary home is upstairs in the historic 1911 Harvey Building at 424 Canal Street of the downtown shopping district, above the Thai Mango Restaurant. The Museum will display historical surfboards, artifacts, art, water related films and photographs from the '50's through today, and include presentations featuring innovators, champions, surf contests and the surfboard industry. As the surfing phenomenon continues to grow, the museum will preserve the rich heritage of East Coast surfing, including memorabilia, permanent displays, surf films, recordings and oral histories. The museum will become a destination for visitors and attract tourists from around the world. At the same time it will promote our local surf shops, surfboard manufacturers, surfing, artists, film makers and beach oriented businesses who infuse millions of dollars into the Volusia County economy each year. The appeal and excitement the museum generates will also be used for education and youth outreach programs touting the importance of conserving our oceans and beaches as a vibrant and healthy environment and maintaining them in a pristine condition.
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