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Surf Back in Time – Texas Surf Museum

Photos by Eunice Cook

Texas is not just the land of cowboys and oil barons, it’s also home to thousands of surfers who are just as stoked and dedicated to their sport as any Californian or Hawaiian. The Texas Surf Museum, which opened in 2005, explores the history of surfing and showcases the Lone Star State’s unique place in that history.

The Texas Surf Museum is a must-see for anyone who ever surfed, and a delightful adventure for non-surfers as well.  Relax on a bench made from surfboards, catch a surf film in the projection theater, and spot old buddies and young stars in the hundreds of photos scattered throughout the museum.

In June 2014, TSM transitioned from a privately-owned museum into a 501(c)(3) organization. This transition will allow the Museum to be an active part of the community, provide educational opportunities for local and surrounding schools, and for the community to be a part of the Museum.

The Texas Surf Museum is on a mission to  enlighten the world  with the unique culture and history of Texas Surfing. Nicole Mora, Texas Surf Museum Director, strives to  educate visitors on the healthy lifestyle of surfing,  proper practices to keep beaches clean and keeping safe while surfing among other things.

The Texas Surf Museum brings an array of exhibits throughout the year. During the Summer, The Endless Summer Exhibit made a stop to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Endless Summer Movie before heading on to the Smithsonian Institute.

During the fall in 2015, the museum will display the Trunk It! Exhibit, a history on surf trunks presented by Surfing Heritage and Culture Center.

Located in downtown Corpus Christi, the Texas Surf Musuem is sure to be a fun place for you and your family to visit. It is free to the public, just like the waves. 

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