This project has grown out of an earlier grant on Mapping the Beat, sponsored by the Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability at the University of California at Irvine, co-directed by Liane Brouillette and Brad Hughes. Both the Center and the Surfing Safari team are very grateful to the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s California Studies Consortium and the National Geographic Educational Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the Surfing Safari grant.
One of the best experiences of working on this project has been the enthusiastic response—exceeding all expections–that we have encountered from the surfing and surf music communities. They indicated to us a strong desire and need for sharing, in a serious and documented way, the culture that has grown up around surfing with the community at large.
We especially thank Barry Haun and Linda Michael of the Surfing Heritage Foundation of San Clemente who opened the Foundation’s doors to us, and Steve Wilkings, the Foundation’s photo archivist, who has made accessible many of the historical photos on this site. Jane Schmauss, historian of the California Surfing Museum in Oceanside, embodies the aloha spirit in her generosity of lending museum materials and providing introductions to the surfing community. Gary Sahagen of the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach guided us on our way as the first museum director to open his doors and introduce some of the landlocked members of the team to the surfing community. Many thanks also to Bill Schneider, John Wayne Miller, and Annie Seawright-Newton at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society and Museum who enthusiastically introduced us to South Bay surf and music history.
We are indebted to Trabuco Hills High School teachers Dan O’Shea and Michael Burns for opening up their classroom doors and allowing us to present our curriculum to an 11th grade history class to begin the assessment phase of the project’s lesson plan. And, to Liane Brouillette and her 2011 summer student teachers who helped us further evaluate the usefulness of the curriculum for California’s schools.
Thanks to Victor Pakpour, filmmaker, who has permitted us to share some of his exciting surfing footage on this site. Mike Roberts, assistant professor at San Diego State University, has given us his time to share his particular perspective on the sociology of surfing. Steve MacLeod, Special Collections and Archives librarian, of the University of California, Irvine led us to important resources and shared his own love of surfing culture.