On a recent trip to California, I was urged by friends to visit the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center (SHCC) in San Clemente.

Upon arriving I was unsure of it’s location, away from the sprawling waves of Trestles I’d pictured it near, however once I stepped inside it was unlike any other surf museum I’d seen. It resembled more an exhibition you might see in an art museum, with sprawling high white walls, great lighting and some of the more classic surf memorabilia in the world.

One of the main things that caught my attention however was a corner of the exhibition dedicated to legendary psychedelic surf artist Richard ‘Rick’ Griffin. Rick is famous for his work with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Frank Zappa and The Grateful Dead, however many are unaware of his influence on the Surf Industry, chances are you’ve seen his work on many of your favorite Surf Movie covers and not even known it!

Among his legacy are Blazing Boards (Chris Bystrom), Wave of the Future (Chris Bystrom), Tales from the Tube, Pacific Vibrations and 5 Summer Stories.

Rick also designed artwork for Rolling Stone magazine and worked closely with Surfer Magazine to create the iconic surf cartoon character “Murphy. Tragically Rick was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1991, aged just 47.

If you are a Griffin fan, or are simply looking to learn more about surf culture the surfing heritage and culture museum is a must. On display are many of Ricks original artworks as well as articles depicting his colorful life.

The museum is located at 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente C.A 92672 (949) 388- 0313

Jim Davidson

The brains behind nearly all of Chris Bystroms movie artwork is a man by the name of Jim Davidson. Jim lives a quiet life in Northern New South Wales, Australia and really lets his artwork do the talking. Having witnessed Jims talent first hand it’s easy to see how passionate he is about his craft. Jim has worked on just about every project under the sun, from air brushing boards for the top pros through to creating surf maps around the world. Jims most recent endeavor is a collaboration of his work at the Currumbin Surf Museum, in an exhibition entitled ‘The Works’. Displayed in the exhibition is a collection of Chris Bystroms original poster art, as well as many boards and surf related artwork.

To contact Jim please phone

(+61) 422 150 394

Surf World Gold Coast is a museum dedicated to celebrating the history of surfing, along with an extensive collection of boards and classic memorabilia, this museum gives you an in-depth view into the origins of surfing. Surf World highlights the evolution of surfboard design and technology from the 30’s throughto today.

There is also a section dedicated specifically Chris Bystrom, showing original, cameras, movies and editing equipment!

This museum really has something for everyone and is a must see if you are ever on the Gold Coast. It is located on Tomewin Street (opposite the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary) in Currumbin on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Contact (07) 55256380