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California Surf Museum Opens at 312 Pier View Way

March 9, 2009

California Surf Museum Opens at 312 Pier View Way

The California Surf Museum opened its new Museum Store for business at its new facility at 312 Pier View Way in Oceanside. Work continues in the exhibit hall, Archives, Collections and Workshop to ready these rooms for their public debut.
Along with a timeline of surfboards, the featured opening exhibit is “Sidewalk Surfing” – an historic look at the roots of skateboarding. The skateboard evolved as a method of enjoying the feeling of surfing while the waves were flat or inaccessible. The display focus is on surfboard shapers and professional riders and their skateboard models over the years.
A busy schedule of events is planned. Mark your calendars now to be sure you don’t miss out!

On Wednesday, March 18, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the Annual Members’ Social will take place, with the Annual Meeting immediately following. As a member, you and your guests are invited to come by and get a first hand look at your new museum. Potential members are invited as well. Renew your dues or join prior to March 31 to take advantage of current membership rates. On April 1, membership rates will increase and a nominal entry fee to the exhibit will be charged. Members get in free to the exhibit.

On Saturday, March 21, CSM will be selling everything at the previous location at 223 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, that is not moving to 312 Pier View Way. This includes some merchandise, store fixtures and assorted other goodies. Come early for best selection!

An all day party celebrating the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will take place Thursday, March 26. Doors open as usual at 10:00 a.m. and stay open until 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Oceanside’s Sunset Market. Be sure to join in the festivities marking this momentous occasion!

On Saturday, April 11, CSM is excited to host ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro in concert at Grace Chapel Theater, 102 N. Freeman, Oceanside, at his only spring appearance in northern San Diego County, a fundraiser for CSM. Jake regularly sells out Solana Beach’s Belly Up so a full house is anticipated – be sure to get your tickets early. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the museum. General admission is $35, with VIP Seating and Reception tickets $75. The VIP Reception, with dinner, drinks and a silent auction of surf art, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the California Surf Museum. Jake may also make a brief, rare pre-concert personal appearance.

On Saturday, April 18, CSM will host the film “Between the Lines.” During the time of Vietnam, two surfers made very different choices. This is a compelling documentary that puts their respective stories out there. Written and produced by local surfers Ty Ponder, Scott Bass, and Troy Page, with narration by John Milius, the film will be shown for the first time in Oceanside at the Grace Chapel Theater. Many of the film’s personalities are expected to be in attendance, and the theater lobby will be filled with a variety of Vietnam photos and memorabilia. CSM member Bruce Blandy will display the surfboard he crafted in Vietnam. DVDs of the film will be available for sale, as will a companion book honoring the movie and the first-ever Vietnam veterans’ paddleout (which was held in Oceanside in 2007). A fundraiser for CSM, tickets are $10 and are available online and at the museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies start at 7:00, film at 7:30.

The 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser will be held Thursday, May 14, at CSM. Last year’s amazing event at Ocean House in Carlsbad was sold out well in advance. Stay tuned for upcoming details on this exciting event!

In the planning stages for summer is a gathering of those sidewalk surfers showcased in the featured exhibit “Sidewalk Surfing.”

The 2nd Annual California Surf Festival > Film will be held Friday to Sunday, November 20-22.

Coming in 2009: guest appearances including booksignings, art exhibits and lectures by Reef founder Fernando Aguerre, surfboard shaper and Endless Summer surfer Mike Hynson, photographer and artist Guy Motil, big wave legend Greg Noll, world champion surfer and surf historian Nat Young, and Endless Summer artist John Van Hamersveld.
The California Surf Museum is a non-profit organization located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Oceanside’s Sunset Market. For more information, call (760) 721-6876 or go to