Keep the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum local to Huntington Beach.

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The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum (ISM) is the 1st Surfing Museum in the world started in 1987 by Natalie Kotsch and Anne Beasley. The International Surfing Museum is a 501c3 non-profit and its goal is to preserve the history and cultural of surfing in Surf City USA (Huntington Beach, CA).  It is dedicated to the Grandfather of Surfing “Duke Kahanamoku” – who is regarded as the person who modernized the sport of surfing world-wide.

The ISM is the most culturally and historically significant building and museum in Surf City USA - Huntington Beach, CA to portray where Huntington Beach originated as a surfing community leading back to the 1920’s.

It has always been managed and operated locally in Huntington Beach, CA to support the local and global community of Surfers and tourists from around the world.  Surf City USA represents the history and culture of Southern California as the flagship hub of surfing, 365 days per year. There is great value to what Surf City USA has created in Huntington Beach, CA.

Visit Huntington Beach (VHB) is in process writing a check of $150K to an inland FRANCHISE from San Clemente called SHACC to take over the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and call it an “annex” and to leverage the Surf City destination to promote SHACC.

This de-localizes the Surf City USA culture and history, our Huntington Beach surfing brand, and tourism opportunities, our connection to the State of California Surfers and global surfers, and the surfing realness and lifestyle of where we originated, and most importantly the support for our next generation grom surfers from an educational and good human development standpoint. Paying to give away our ISM culture is basically giving away our Huntington Beach surfers of all ages, beach lovers, our next generation community, and the trademark Surf City USA that we fought so hard to protect and claim.  

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to preserve the history and culture of Surf City USA, and not allow VISIT HUNTINGTON BEACH TO PAY TO GIVE the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum away to a franchise in inland San Clemente called SHACC.