Just in time for summer, here's a guide to surfing museums and Hall of Fames across the country:
International Surfing Museum, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Located in "Surf City, USA," the International Surfing Museum displays a rich history of surfboards, surf films, surf memorabilia, surf sculptures and even surf music. (A guitar of Dick Dale, "The King of the Surf Guitar," is framed in the museum).
The museum also contains exhibits on legendary surfers, including Duke Kahanamoku, the five-time Olympic medalist in swimming who is credited with popularizing the sport of surfing. The non-profit museum is free of charge, and it is loosely modeled after the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Huntington Surf & Sport, Huntington Beach, Calif.
A few blocks from the International Surfing Museum, Huntington Surf & Sport is not only the 2011 Men's and Women's Retailer of the Year in the surf industry, but it is also the site of the annual Surfers' Hall of Fame induction. Since 2002, the outside of the store, located at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, has been used for the ceremonies. The venue boasts a bronze statue of Kahanamoku and the handprints of the inductees in the cement ground.
East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Established in April 2004, the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame museum was originally a part of a Ron Jon Surf Shop. The museum's popularity led to a move to its current location on the third floor of the Cocoa Beach Surf Company with plans to eventually move to a stand-alone building. Inside the museum, attractions include photos, documents, surfboards, trophies and posters that depict the history of surfing in the East Coast/Gulf Coast area. Kelly Slater, the record 11-time ASP World-Champion, was born in Cocoa Beach.