Peter Robinson, who established Europe’s first surf museum as a charity in 2009, will be leaving the Braunton-based project.

The founder of Europe's first dedicated surfing museum is moving on to focus on new projects.

Peter Robinson, from Braunton, estbalished the Museum of British Surfing as a registered charity in 2009.

The museum found its permanent base in Braunton, and opened its doors to the public in April 2012 with funding from Leader 4 Torridge & North Devon.

As his founding gift, Peter donated his massive collection of British surfboards and memorabilia that he had built up over a 15-year period.

Peter Robinson said: “The biggest pleasure for me has been to see how much our visitors love the Museum of British Surfing and what we're doing here in Braunton.

“Our visitors' book is stacked with glowing compliments and that makes me really proud of what we have achieved.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the museum, in particular our fabulous volunteers, and those who have helped me personally over the years.”

The museum will continue to run under management and direction from the board of trustees and continued support from the dedicated team of hard working volunteers.

Kevin Cook, chairman of the museum's trustees, said: “Peter's vision and historical research has created a unique record of British involvement in surfing from the last 200 years that was previously undiscovered.

“It has helped put British surfing on the world map and provided an institution to record our surfing heritage for future generations.”

The Museum of British Surfing also manages Braunton Skate Bowl as a free public facility, and this month opened a new community room that will be the home of Braunton Youth Club, the Caen Caterpillars pre-school, and the national governing body Surfing Great Britain.

Its current exhibition is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the earliest recorded surfing in Britain in 1890.