Must-See Surf Cultural Landmarks and Events That Don’t Require a Board

By Tegan Connor

Surfing isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. It reaches much further than sand and waves. From fashion to music to style, surfing has its own cultural language. Surf culture isn’t limited to actual surfers anymore. Kids that have never caught a wave are wearing board shorts. People who don’t live anywhere near the ocean are using surf slang.

The truth is that no matter where you live, you can’t spend all of your time in the water. While there are tons of competitions and surf spots out there for you to show you skills, remember that surf culture isn’t just about what you do in the water. For a change of pace, check out these surfing cultural events and landmarks around the world that don’t involve hitting the waves.

International Surfing Museum

This Huntington Beach institution’s mission is to preserve the history of the sport around the world. It’s dedicated to Duke Kahanamoku, who is considered the father of modern surfing. The International Surfing Museum is open year-round and closed on Mondays.

Surf “n” Suds Beer Festival

Known as the “beer festival with a twist,” The Surf n Suds Beer Festival has two locations in California. In June, it’s in Ventura and in August, it’s in Carpinteria. Both dates offer breweries, food trucks, surfboard shapers, live music by.

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Opening in 1986, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum has the distinction of being the first surfing museum in the world. Exhibits explore the culture of surfing through the last 100 years in Santa Cruz. It’s open year round, with longer operating hours in the summer.

Surfer Joe Summer Festival

This Livorno, Italy festival bills itself as the “once in a lifetime event that every surfer should attend.” It features every aspect of surf music, which began on the beaches on the early 60s and still lives on today. Admission is free.

Surf World Museum

Australia’s surfing capital Torquay is also home to the largest surf museum in the world. Opened in 1993, it is recognized by the International Surfing Association as one of the most important sites for surfing and beach culture. The Surf World Museum is home to the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame.

The Surfer’s Circle in Muizenberg

The Surfer’s Circle is a landmark to celebrate the surf culture in Cape Town, South Africa. It marks the place in 1919 where Heather Price first stood on a longboard, becoming the first South African to surf standing up. The Surfer’s Circle also features a walk of fame for notable South African surfers.

The San Diego Surf Film Festival

The San Diego Surf Film Festival is a celebration of independent films about and centered in the surf culture. Entries are shown during the festival and judged by the panel of local surfing culturists.

About the Author:

Tegan Connor is blogger and Brand Manager for Neverland Store. She enjoys sharing content relating to surfing, festivals and street fashion.