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Why yes, it was 125 years ago surfing kicked off in the UK



Surf History

First Wave exhibition tells the story of British surfing

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 February, 2015 - This February school half term the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton will host a fabulous exhibition The First Wave – all about British surfing pioneers.

It marks the start of the Museum's celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the earliest recorded surfing in the UK – when two Hawaiian princes rode waves with their English guardian at Bridlington in Yorkshire.

We’re open every day during the February school half term from February 14th – 22nd, then we’ll be open on Saturdays for the rest of February & March until we reach the Easter holidays & full time opening again –  for more information click here.

The First Wave exhibition not only tells the story of the earliest known surfing in the UK, there are tales of British royals & celebrities getting hooked on surfing in the 1920s; the pioneers of Cornwall & Devon between the two World Wars rub shoulders with contemporary tales of the Viscount who became Britain’s first pro surfer in the 1970s and our current crop of world renowned big wave experts.

There’s something for everyone from novice to expert, with our kids activities, games, films and more.

The exhibition runs from February 14th – September 7th 2015 at the Museum of British Surfing, Caen Street car park, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1AA – see the information section on our website for opening times, admission charges and directions.

Expect to see a whole host of events throughout 2015 – surf films, vintage surf swap meet, classic surf wagons, music, art & culture, plus a brand new exhibition launching in the Autumn with some very special surfboards on display and some big surprises!

The museum is the perfect visitor attraction for all the family, whatever the weather and waves are doing! Don’t forget we have a gift shop with lots of unique items for that special souvenir of your visit.

British surfing pioneers 1890 - 2015


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