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Museum helps pioneer new project

09:00 31 July 2012

Museum of British Surfing founder and director Pete Robinson.

Museum of British Surfing founder and director Pete Robinson.


‘The First Wave’ will explore how surfing has changed throughout the decade by interviewing up to 100 people.

THE Museum of British Surfing is partnering a new Heritage Lottery funded project that will record personal stories of the history of surfing in Britain.

‘The First Wave’ will see people interviewed about their memories of early-day surfing in the UK and how the sport has changed over the decades.

Up to 100 interviews will be collected over the next few months, and the Braunton-based museum will showcase the finished project next summer.

The museum is partnering the £44,000 project, and founder and director Peter Robinson is keen to see the results of the new initiative.

He said: “This is a fantastic research project which will document the birth of modern surfing culture in Britain.

“‘The First Wave’ will be collecting peoples’ earliest memories about a sport which has captured the imagination of many thousands of people in Britain and we are really excited to be working on the project.”

The project was originally launched by Cornwall longboard champion Ben Skinner.

Ben said: “So much has changed, even in the 20 years that I’ve been surfing. I think this is a great project and I can’t wait to hear the stories that emerge.”

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Cornwall Audio Visual Archive will also be supporting the project, which is being delivered by Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club.

If you would like to tell your surfing heritage story, or if you would like to be a volunteer surf history researcher, then email


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