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Surfing Heritage Foundation Founding Partners









Founder, Dick Metz has supplied the vision for the SHF and the initial funding. Central to the mission, Dick is donating his extensive surfboard collection, and bequeathed his estate to the Foundation. Dick, who grew up in Laguna Beach as a buddy of such notables as Hobie Alter, Reynolds Yater, and Hevs McClelland, is himself a pioneering figure in our sport and industry. As the driving force behind Surfline Hawaii and the Hobie Sports retail chain, and as the traveling surfer who cross-pollinated a fledgling South African surf scene with Hobie and Gordon Clark in California, and suggested to Bruce Brown that he film for “The Endless Summer” in South Africa, Metz has changed the course of surf history. Now, his goal is to preserve it.







Co-Founder, Spencer Croul grew up surfing in Newport Beach, California in the early 1970’s, bicycling to the beach with surfboard in tow. A San Diego State University graduate in Recreation Administration Management, he earned his Associate of Arts degree at Orange Coast College after graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1974. He worked 15 years in the private sector as a foam packaging designer and later in the family paint manufacturing business before finding and pursuing his passion as a Surf Culture Preservationist. Bringing “Foundation” management experience to the Surfing Heritage Foundation, he also serves on the board of his family’s Foundation. He has amassed his own private collection of historical surfing artifacts, and brings not only his collection to the Surfing Heritage Foundation but also his vast knowledge in surfing collectibles and surfing history. He presently resides on Lido Island in California, and continues to surf whenever possible.

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Surfing Heritage Foundation Sustaining Partners



The Surfing Heritage foundation would like to thank all of our sustaining partners.

Keeping our surf museum alive!

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Surfing Heritage Foundation Circle Members



Surfing Heritage Foundation Circle Level Members

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Surfing Heritage Foundation General Members



YOUR NAME HERE!!!

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Surfing Heritage Foundation Corporate Sponsors



Our Corporate Community Support
We're proud of the company we keep.
Does YOUR company have Ohana and want to help out?
Please Contact Us!

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Rent Our Photo Studio







Our museum grade photo studio is the ideal place to document a surfboard. With two 16-foot-tall lightboxes, the soft lighting clearly shows the curvature of the rails and also the rocker of the board, while minimizing the glare normally associated with shooting a surfboard's shiny surface.

Designed by legendary surf photographer Art Brewer, this state-of-the-art facility has been used for thousands of photographs by both surfboard collectors and shapers.

Rent the SHF photo studio and bring your own camera or hire our in-house photographers to handle the shoot for you. We use Hasselblad cameras and scanners to capture details not currently available with 35mm digital cameras. With either option, we offer half and full day rates.

Please contact us for availability and details, or call 949.388.0313 x5.  

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Curatorial Technology Advisory Committee







The functionality of the Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum and this web site demonstrate our continuing commitment to effective use of modern technologies.

How well we deliver our message, the durability of our archives, depend upon how well we can use these tools. We depend on this committee to help us acquire and effectively use 21st Century technology.

Curatorial Technology Advisory Committee: Darin R. McClure / Chair, Tracy Mikulec, Scott Bass, J.P. Beeghley, Roy Bettle, Tim Chandler, Danny Evans, Christopher George, Rob Klug, John Maddox, Denny Michael, Kendall Nishimine, George Orbelian, Jonno Wells and Barry Haun

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Surf Craft Advisory Committee







Identifying, certifying, acquiring, and exhibiting surfboards— that's only half the job. If it rides waves we want it. If it makes things that rides waves, we want that, too.

Surf Craft Committee: Steve Pezman, Spencer Croul, Ed Clapp, Dick Metz.

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Education Advisory Committee







Our first school groups arrived at our facility in 2007. To date we've hosted thousands of students. Contact Us if your kids would like to visit!

Programs tailored to Junior High and High School students outreach to teachers at all levels help us spread understanding our surfing heritage. This committee develops curricula and contacts for the educational community in California and beyond.

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Printed Material Advisory Committee







From the classic magazines to personal memoirs, when ink hits paper if the subject is surfing, we want it preserved. We catalog, archive and protect surfing's printed heritage.

Printed Material Committee: Joe Tabler (acting chair), Keith Eshelman, Allen Kukel, Sharon Marshall, Joel T Smith, Steve Wilkings. Cary Weiss, Steve Pezman (SHF BoD liaison).

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Photography Advisory Committee







Definitive photographs, epic breaks, action, and personalities around the world. Our archives and exhibitions feature work from the finest surf photographers from the early 20th Century to today.

Photography Committee: Jeff Hall (Chair), Art Brewer, Jeff Divine, Grant Ellis, Leroy Grannis, Leo Hetzel, Yasha Hetzel, Tom Keck, Guy Motil, Sam Olson, Steve Pezman (SHF BoD liaison), Tom Servais, JP Van Swae, and Steve Wilkings.

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Oral History Advisory Committee







The pioneers of surfing gave us the tools, techniques, and the soul we know today. Capturing their stories in their own words is work of the Oral Histories Committee, whose passion and commitment set the standard for this unique work.

Each oral history costs $150 to produce. Click Here if you'd like to sponsor an oral history. And you may purchase our unique Field Guide to Oral History manual, too. Thank You!

Oral History Committee: Paul Holmes (Chair), Scott Bass, Craig Lockwood (co-chair), Bob Mardian (SHF BoD liaison), Sharon Marshall, Charles Myers, Paul Strauch Jr, Members at Large: Nick Carroll, Ben Finney, Malcolm Gault-Williams, Sam George, James D. Houston, Eric Jordan, Drew Kampion, Cecil Lear, Ben Marcus, Ira Opper, Mark Schulein, and Matt Warshaw.

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Docents





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Volunteer





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Barry Haun | Curator and Creative Director





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Steve Wilkings | Photo Editor





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Linda Michael | Office Administrator





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Cindy Rincon | Accountant





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Spencer Croul Co-Founder and Board Member



Spencer Croul, Co-Founder and Board Member of Surfing Heritage Foundation, grew up surfing in Newport Beach, California in the early 1970's, bicycling to the beach with surfboard in tow. A San Diego State University graduate in Recreation Administration Management, he earned his Associate of Arts degree at Orange Coast College after graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1974. He worked 15 years in the private sector as a foam packaging designer and later in the family paint manufacturing business before finding and pursuing his passion as a Surf Culture Preservationist. Bringing foundation management experience to the Surfing Heritage Foundation, he also serves on the board of his family's Foundation. He has amassed his own private collection of historical surfing artifacts, and brings not only his collection to the Surfing Heritage Foundation but also his vast knowledge in surfing collectibles and surfing history. Presently residing in Newport Beach, California, he is remarried, has two children and continues to surf whenever possible.

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Dick Metz Founder and Board Member



Dick Metz, Board Member and Founder of Surfing Heritage Foundation, has supplied the vision for the SHF and the initial funding. Central to the mission, Dick is donating his extensive surfboard collection, and bequeathed his estate to the Foundation. Dick, who grew up in Laguna Beach as a buddy of such notables as Hobie Alter, Reynolds Yater, and Hevs McClelland, is himself a pioneering figure in our sport and industry. As the driving force behind Surfline Hawaii and the Hobie Sports retail chain, and as the traveling surfer who cross-pollinated a fledgling South African surf scene with Hobie and Gordon Clark in California, and suggested to Bruce Brown that he film for The Endless Summer in South Africa, Metz has changed the course of surf history. Now, his goal is to preserve it.

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Bill Blackburn President Emeritus




Bill Blackburn, President Emeritus of Surfing Heritage Foundation, started surfing in 1950 and comes from a family that spent nearly 40 years at San O. (There are now four generations of Blackburns that surf.) Bill is married, has three grandchildren, attained a degree in history from Stanford in 1965. He worked for Dean Witter & Co. until 1973, joined the family business located in Oceanside in 1973 and moved to Laguna Beach where he still lives. Bill owned and operated Hobie Sunglasses (purchased from Hobie in 1989) from 1989- 1996. He currently spends most of his free time surfing ’Nofre and skiing/fly fishing in Idaho or Colorado.

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Paul Strauch Board Member



Paul K. Strauch, Jr., Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, was born and raised in Hawaii and began surfing at 4 in Waikik. Following Punahou High School and the University of Hawaii majoring in business management, he spent 20 years as a 3rd-generation real estate broker in Hawaii, and is a former member of the Waikiki Surf Club, Outrigger Canoe Club, Liliuokalani Trust Child Welfare Department advisory board, Governor’s Advisory Committee to Waikiki Beach Improvement, and Honolulu Mayor’s Water Safety Committee. Past president of the Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association, he is a founding member of the Duke Kahanamoku Surf Club, often traveling with Duke. His event titles include the ’63 & ‘68 Peruvian International Championships, Hawaii State Surfing Champion, ‘65 & ‘66, ‘69 Makaha International Senior Men’s Champion, ‘82 Hawaii Modern Longboard Men’s Champion, and ‘84 Hawaii Nose-riding Men’s Champion. He is the only person to have a surfing maneuver, the Paul Strauch Cheater Five, named after him. Currently president of the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre he is vice president at Sign Biz, Inc. in Dana Point, CA.

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Jay "Sparky" Longley Board Member



Jay "Sparky" Longley, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, is a surfer, hang glider, skier, biker, and snowboarder. When he decided to overcome his fear of heights and surf the world, he bought a plane and learned how to fly. In 1975 Sparky located to San Clemente to officially set up shop, where Rainbow sandals are still hand made today. Now the former one-man, six-sandal-a-day garage production has had to expand overseas to keep up with the 5,000 pair-day demand. Once worn only by surfers, Sparky's sandals now have a nationwide following.

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Greg Dillion Board Member



Greg Dillion, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, grew up in Ohio and took up many of his favorite sports later in life — skiing at 25, surfing at 33, scuba at 39, snowboarding at 40, wakeboarding at 45 and kiteboarding at 50. Greg is never happier than when sharing these pastimes with his wife and five kids. Locally, Greg’s surf spots range from Oceanside to Bolsa Chica, but he also likes to safari each year and has surfed a number of locations in the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific and Central and South America. Greg obtained his B.A. from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Texas. In 1984 he co-founded Newmeyer & Dillion. Since then, the firm has grown from three lawyers to 60 and has become a full-service law firm with offices in Newport Beach and Walnut Creek.

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Gordon Michie Treasurer


Gordon Michie, Treasurer of Surfing Heritage Foundation, began sailboat racing and scuba diving in the early ’70s, discovering surfing in 1991. Since that time he and his wife Lisa have surfed throughout Hawaii, Mexico and Central America and are currently building a home in Nicaragua. In addition to surfing, much of his leisure time is spent fly-fishing in both fresh and saltwater. After graduating college in 1977, Gordon joined Far West Financial Corporation as a financial analyst, moved on to the public accounting world at Price Waterhouse & Company and then to the Fortune 500 environment at Smith International, Inc. Seeking the opportunity to work with small business entities, in 1984 he joined the CPA firm of Smith, Linden & Basso, LLP in Newport Beach with the specific goal of utilizing his tax, financial and accounting expertise for the benefit of the local business community.

Chris Evans Secretary


Chris Evans, Secretary of the Surfing Heritage Foundation, a trial lawyer and environmental activist, Chris began boating and wave riding on the North Shore, (well, off Long Island New York...), in 1960. He moved to Southern California in 1965 and has spent the years since then living, surfing and boating in Orange County. He was the Senior Assistant District Attorney of Orange County commanding the Major Offenses Division until 1999 when he took the post as U.S. Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation, which he held for five years. In 2004 he left that position for a judicial appointment on the Superior Court bench. Chris was named SIMA's 2005 Environmentalist of the Year for his non profit work with Surfrider Foundation in the U.S. and globally. He is a long time member of the San Onofre Surf Club.

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Steve Pezman Vice President



Steve Pezman, Vice President of Surfing Heritage Foundation, began surfing in 1957 in Orange County, CA. Surfed the 1962-’63 winter season on the North Shore, then returned to California to lifeguard, sail in the merchant marine, build surfboards and co-own Creative Design Surfboards, a Huntington Beach surf shop through the late 1960s. In 1967, Steve began freelance writing for surf magazines, in 1969 becoming associate editor at Petersen’s International Surfing magazine. Moved to Surfer magazine as Assoc. Editor in 1970, later that year becoming Publisher and serving in that capacity through 1991. Currently Co- founder and publisher of The Surfer's Journal, various surfing books, and executive producer of The Surfer's Journal on Outdoor Life Network. Steve has helped found various surfing organs, currently serves on the advisory boards of the Surfrider Foundation and the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.

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Robert C. Mardian President


Robert C. Mardian, President of Surfing Heritage Foundation, is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University. Mr. Mardian operates restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Texas and has surfed the coasts of all three states. He has finished in the top 30% of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He served on the Finance Committee for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Committee. Bob is a lifelong surfer and member of the San Onofre Surfing Club since 1954. Like his father before him and his son and daughters now, he continues to surf at San Onofre and on occasion, all three generations are in the water at the same time. 

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The Surfing Heritage Foundation Mission







The Surfing Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations; and to achieving our goal of surfing being more accurately understood, represented and enjoyed.



Preservation
 Focusing on the complete spectrum of surfing’s history and development, including but not limited to significant surfboards, photography and the full range of other forms of information and objects of cultural value.

Presentation
 Establishing a world-class museum/resource facility, including an outreach program that creates exhibits and develops venues for effective traveling and/or off-site display: that this facility might serve as a symbolic center for the wave riding culture in the United States, dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of surfing as a sport, lifestyle, and culture.

Promotion
Building a community who actively support the Surfing Heritage Foundation with fundraising, promotion and advocacy.

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The Surfing Heritage Foundation Vision







Now. And for the future.

Our goal is to create an archive of wave craft of all forms with which to illustrate the evolution of wave riding around the world, to present the best possible examples of wave craft and the tools with which they were made, and to insightfully showcase surfing accessories, wetsuits, fins, leashes, wax, hardware, racks, and more.

We will archive historically significant photography, cinematography, and video comprising original materials whenever possible, augmented by scans.

We will maintain an inclusive library of significant books, posters, and pertinent paper records.

We will collect for display significant and representative artwork of all genre representing surfing, from old to contemporary.

We will publish books, pamphlets, posters, films and videos, limited edition items, and other media and materials, and distribute these to the public.

We will engender cooperation with other like-minded institutions in the accomplishment of our goals and will encourage and facilitate the use of our resources for scholarly and editorial pursuits.

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The Surfing Heritage Foundation Values






  • We embrace the “aloha spirit” by our teaching, sharing and offering of goodwill and fellowship.
  • We represent the sport in a respectful manner by striving to be historically accurate and treating the subject matter with dignity.
  • We work to earn the confidence and respect of the community we serve by striving to constantly improve and increase our capacity to do good work through our staff, volunteers and donors.
  • We strive to operate at the highest standards of professional conduct by adopting best practices and methods that are reliable and repeatable. We embrace and adopt the American Association of Museum standards of ethical behavior.
  • We remain non political and non denominational in our dealings.
    We insist on giving our best effort in everything we do and we inspire each other and those around us to standards of excellence in all endeavors. We see a big difference between “good mistakes” (best effort, bad result) and “bad mistakes” (sloppiness or lack of effort).
  • We treat each other with respect and look to be fair and compassionate.
  • We understand that clarity in our mission, goals, and personal interactions is critical to our success.
  • We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  • We are open and direct and “up front” in our communications with our coworkers, volunteers and members of the public.
  • We are courteous and responsive in our dealings. When we make commitments, we live up to them.
  • We are frugal and respect the value of our donor’s dollar. We protect and conserve the Foundations assets with the highest degree of vigilance possible.

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Contact The Surfing Heritage Foundation

Surfing Heritage Foundation
110 Calle Iglesia
San Clemente · CA · 92672

SurfingHeritage.org
(949) 388-0313

Business Hours: 9-5, Mon- Fri.
VISITING HOURS: 1 - 5, Mon-Fri.
Saturdays & Groups, by appointment.

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