California Surf Museum
Designated one of 14 Arts and Cultural Districts by the state of California in 2017, the North County community Oceanside is home to a thriving mix of artists, art galleries and museums such as the California Surf Museum. Located in a building resembling a wave a few blocks from the Oceanside Pier, the museum’s mission is to preserve and showcase surf heritage including art and notable surfboards like the one Bethany Hamilton was riding when she was bitten by a tiger shark and the board Eddie Aikau was last scene paddling on when he disappeared in 1978. Exhibitions have included a Salute to Pipeline and the thought-provoking “Surfers and the Vietnam
War” that recreates the China Beach Surf Club where soldiers would go to escape the war. A small courtyard in the back, dubbed the “Secret Spot”, has murals painted by local surf cartoonist John Lamb.