The Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society is continuing its mission to share the knowledge and history of California’s official sport in the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States. At the nucleus of this Santa Cruz signature sport is the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, housed inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse – which is celebrating 35 years of history itself by inducting four historic boards to its collection. The boards all have a connection to the Santa Cruz area. The Fred Hunt board was built in the 1930s by Hunt himself, a San Diego-born surfer and member of the original Santa Cruz Surfing Club. Club members discovered the board in Nevada, with the donation of the Hunt family. The Don McPherson balsa boards and wetsuit from the 1950s and 1960s were also inducted into the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum collection. McPherson shaped the boards with wood he salvaged from a San Francisco Bay area storage yard following World War II. After being stored in the McPherson family garage in the Santa Cruz area for more than 50 years, the boards and suit have found a home and are on display at the museum.
October 6, 2021