Image of Turner: Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather from The Guardian website

JMW Turner – surf artist extraordinaire?

The great English landscape artist JMW Turner who died in 1851 isn’t normally known as a great surf artist. Understandably, he isn’t thought to have ever ventured onto anything like a surfboard or bellyboard or have featured in Britain’s surfing history. But he undoubtedly had a good eye for.......[read more]

image of Simon Anderson

Give this man a knighthood – arise (Sir) Simon Anderson

On Sunday, the man who has done more than anyone alive for surfboard design is visiting the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon. He is generally accredited with inventing the thruster in the early 80s which revolutionised surfboard design – turning slippery but fast twinnies into grippy.......[read more]

photo of Glen Short

New chapter in British surfing history opens soon

A major new exhibition at the award-winning Museum of British Surfing will look at the decade when modern surfing culture first washed ashore on the UK’s beaches in the 1960s. Exactly 50 years after the Britain’s first surf shop opened its doors, ‘Sixties SURFER!’ will tap into the source.......[read more]

Image of the first wave

Can you remember your first wave?

If so, a new project, supported by the Museum of British Surfing, wants to hear from you. It is helping a new project for UK surfing – an attempt to record an oral history of our beloved sport and is working with the Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club, Cornwall.......[read more]

image of going vertical poster

More vital viewing and history making from the Museum

I’m proud to be a trustee of the Museum of British Surfing and the work its doing – not only uncovering the roots of British surfing, but also encouraging new surf culture. It recently featured on BBC One Show and also hosted the premiere of new Brit surf film,.......[read more]

Image of Museum of British Surfing gets award for sustainability

Rio + 20 = Doomsday – 100?

The Rio+20 summit that closed last week was supposed to update and progress the ground-breaking global commitments made 20 years ago. Did it succeed? Er, no. Not only were the existing commitments  not progressed, but it seems as if the summit agreement has made things worse? Why? Instead of.......[read more]

King Edward VIII Surfing

Ed the Shred – Royal scoop for new Museum

On Friday 6th April, the Museum of British Surfing will open in Braunton, Devon. And to mark this auspicious occasion, the Museum has released the earliest photo of a Briton standing on a surfboard – the future King Edward VIII while on holiday in Hawaii in 1920. Whatever your.......[read more]

Surf Retailing

Surf retailing – what next?

I’ve been touring the surf shops of Brighton, handing out posters for the Museum of British Surfing’s first exhibition at its permanent home in Braunton, Devon*. It’s made me realise how much surf retailing has changed and wonder where its going. There are 3 ‘proper’ independent surfshops (Filf/Bone Idol,.......[read more]

The Art of Surfing

Historic day for British Surfing

I’ve just been delivering some of these ace posters for the Museum of British Surfing’s opening exhibition. Every shop and cafe in Brighton I’ve been to have commented on the great artwork. Surf art has been in us surfers’ lives for ever and is increasingly making it into the.......[read more]

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  • not yesterday
  • Inverted perceptions
  • Exotic location
  • Standing stones
  • Surrealism
  • Vapourous ships of the dawn
  • Metal detectors behind me
  • Hands up this is a stick up
  • It's behind you
  • Stiff offshore
  • First drop in temperature for weeks
  • Towers of rain
  • Great anvils of moisture
  • The architect of the tide
  • Bird botherer
  • Serene scene

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