California’s local surf shops have defined and reflected surf culture for decades. These “temples of stoke” are where generations have come to learn, laugh, talk story, buy a board, wetsuit or bar of wax, and be indoctrinated into the lifestyle and culture that turns naive beginners into real, lifelong surfers.
In recognition of the singular role that these shops have played in the world of surfing, the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center is proud to announce its Summer 2019 exhibit, “Temples of Stoke”
The organizing committee for the exhibition has invited 22 of the most iconic California surf shops to take over the SHACC exhibit space to install their “shrines”: photos, memorabilia, and artifacts that tell the story of each shop and the role it continues to play in defining the ethos and values of each uniquely different beach town along the West Coast.
“As surfers, our local shops are so much more than just a place to buy a surfboard or a pair of trunks” said SHACC’s curator Barry Haun. “These are the places where we learn to be surfers.”
The Temples of Stoke opening night party will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 6-10pm at SHACC in San Clemente. Shop owners, employees and industry luminaries will all be on hand to celebrate and share their uniquely classic stories that helped make the sport and culture of surfing what it is today. The exhibit will be on display through October 6.
As Hobie Alter famously said “A great surf shop is a social and cultural hub for surfers — a place to meet and hang out, check out boards, brag about great waves or new spots ridden, laugh about a horrendous wipeout and to wax long and in detail about trips to Hawaii.”
Current list of confirmed surf shops:
- The Beach House
- Morey Pope/Ventura Surf Shop
- Val Surf
- ET Surfboards
- Dive ‘n Surf
- Rockin’ Fig/Chuck Dent
- The Frog House
- Laguna Surf & Sport
- Donald Takayama
- Encinitas Surfboards
- Sunset Surfboards
- Gordon & Smith
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