Can you remember your first wave?

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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 Audio Visual Archive,  Heritage Lottery Fund and National Maritime Museum Cornwall to persuade Britain’s ‘first wave’ of surfers to record their memories of their first wave.

As the Museum of British Surfing uncovers more of our surfing history this project has the potential to shine a light into corners of Britain’s previously-thought unridden waves and chart the growth and development of this great sport in these chilly waters.

If you were one of Britain’s surfing pioneers in the 1950s and 60s and would like to tell your surfing heritage story, or if you would like to be a volunteer surf history researcher, then please email:

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