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Grain Surfboard Building Class at SHACC · Jul 31-Aug 3

Build your own wooden board with Grain
We had such a great response to our last class held back in February, that we're doing it again. The boys from Grain are doing a West Coast tour and will be doing it in style in their new van.

Students will have their choice of building any shape we offer as a HomeGrown Kit. Each student takes home his/her own board home ready for glassing and finishing on their own. Materials used in the board and those to be taken home with the student are the same as used in Grain Home Grown kits - sustainably grown cedar, zero VOC bio-epoxy, etc. The cost of all materials, supplies and selected pages of detailed instruction on glassing and finishing ($520- $820 value) are included in the course. The glassing supplies are also included as is use of all of the tools needed during the class. We also throw in a practically-gourmet breakfast and lunch each day. Each student also receives a one year membership to the SHACC with the tuition for the class (which includes a pair of Rainbow Sandals, SHACC tee, Sticky Bumps wax, gift certificate, etc.)

Students are responsible for their own dinner costs as well as accommodations, although we're happy to recommend some nice places around the area. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, July 31 - Saturday, August 3, 2013

110 Calle Iglesia · San Clemente · CA · 92672 · 949.388.0313 x0


Hollow Wood Surfboard Building Class at Surfing Heritage

Surfing Heritage has partnered with Grain Surfboards to offer a class on how to create your very own, hand built, hollow wooden surfboard.  The 4-day board building class will take place here in San Clemente, California at the Surfing Heritage Foundation headquarters.  Grain offers various designs for students to choose from, the class takes place from February 6-9th, 2012. Tuition includes hands-on instruction, materials to build your choice of boards, 2 meals a day, and a one-year membership to Surfing Heritage. At this point, only one spot remains unfilled, so don't wait, sign up today:


Harry Chandler and the Surfing Chandler Family

This evening, Thursday February 21 at 7 p.m., Harry Chandler will talk and present slides and film clips on the surfing history of the Chandler family, and from his book, Dreamers in Dream City. The Chandler family and its surfing is legendary; it is said that Otis Chandler, publisher of The Los Angeles Times, would often suspend meetings at the newspaper when the surf was up.

The Chandler family also had a beach house in Dana Point and frequently surfed there. Harry will show rare footage of his parents, Otis and Marilyn, surfing Killer Dana and Dana Strands. Otis Chandler (1927-2006) was the publisher of The Los Angeles Times between 1960 and 1980. He developed The Los Angeles Times into one of the nation's leading dailies and was considered one of the most powerful men in the country. In The New York Times obituary on Otis, Jonathan Kandell noted that: "His critics [the Eastern news media establishment] could not understand his enthusiasm for surfing, big-game hunting, motorcycles and sports cars-obsessions that several times nearly cost him his life."  

Harry Brant Chandler is a fifth-generation Southern Californian who has had a successful career as a movie executive and internet executive, and is now an artist. His publication, Dreamers in Dream City, (Angel City Press, 2009), presents his stylized portraits and biographies of sixty of Southern California's most inspirational individuals. The photographs were the basis of exhibitions at the California Museum in Sacramento and the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
Admission is $10 and the program starts at 7 p.m. at Surfing Heritage Foundation, 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672. 


A Pat Curren Spear

Dick Metz with the Pat Curren gun. Dick drove to Santa Barbara to pick this board up.
If you've been up to The Endless Summer Bar at the Santa Barbara harbor and eyed the Pat Curren gun, you already know what a gem of a board it is. If you haven't, well now you can see it by visiting our museum in San Clemente. This thing is a spear, solid balsa, 12' 1.25" long, 3.625" thick, 20.5" wide, nose 14.25" and tail 9.5", weighing in at 33 lbs. The board was just donated by Bev Morgan. 
Tom Carlin and Pat Gluing up the balsa blank. Photo: Collection Bev Morgan
Pat with template and blank. Photo: Collection Bev Morgan
 Tom Carlin looks on while Pat Glues up the balsa blank. Photo: Collection Bev Morgan
Dale Velzy, Hap Jacobs, Bill Meistrell, and Bev Morgan, in front of the Dive N' Surf Shop, 1955.
Bev was Velzy's first glasser to use sun cure resin. He invited Velzy to join him in his pursuit of the growing diving market, including the sale of rubber wetsuits, however Velzy declined the offer stating that "no surfer is ever going to wear one of those goddamn rubbers." In 1952, Bev started the first scuba instructor's program geared for the public. He also is credited with writing the first diving textbook. In 1954, he worked with the Meistrell brothers to develop Body Glove wetsuits. Bev went on to design and manufacture underwater photography equipment and life-support systems and also assisted with the development of the Purisima diving bell. He also has made the public aware of the effects of soaps and Detergents on our environment.


Digital Watermarking of our images – Public Notice

As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.