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SHACC Supporter Spotlight

SHACC Curator Circle Member, Robert Hendrikson 
and SHACC Executive Director, Paul Strauch 

I am not sure of the exact date when I first heard about Surfing Heritage & Culture Center. At the time it was still the Foundation and it was probably 10 or 11 years ago when I was at Doheny for a Longboard Collectors meet. While touring the facility I was struck by the rooster of the Founding Members and wished that I had been a part of that effort. I was most impressed with Butch Van Artsdalen's presence on that list and quickly realized that the Surfing Heritage Foundation struck a cord with surfers from all walks of life: from Cecil Lear, one of the founders of the Eastern Surfing Association, and now a retired New York City executive from the publishing world to Butch Van Artsdalen, a saver of lives as a lifeguard in Hawaii and one of the greatest switch foot surfers of all time.

Surfing Heritage has grown in all the right directions. I believe this is because the members recognize its importance to the surfing culture and community, and are mostly humble in their support and service. I bodysurf with Cecil Lear every morning when we can get together during the summer. We often discuss the importance of being connected to the West Coast through our bond with Surfing Heritage, as well as visions for the future.

My own journey in the water began on the New Jersey shore when my parents brought me to the beach in my crib soon after I was born. I grew up in the water from that point on. I taught myself to mat surf and bodysurf before the age of 9. I had no mentors as neither my brother, nor my father cared much for the ocean. I lived in Orange, California with my parents and brother for one year in 1960 and got my first experience with board surfing at Huntington Beach. I was hooked.

We moved back to New Jersey where I picked up board surfing a few years later when I had saved up enough to buy my first board, a Hobie longboard, from Manatee surf shop in Belmar. We lived 10 miles from the ocean, so I would either hitch hike to the beach with someone who could fit the board into a station wagon or truck, or leave the board at a friend's house in Point Pleasant and then bike it to the beach. I spent summers lifeguarding and surfing. After I got my drivers license, beach access was expanded immensely. Remember, those were the days when surfers were considered outlaws. I was nearly arrested for walking over someone's property while leaving the beach with my board. Surfing was usually done before 9 am when we would be whistled out of the water or arrested. Thanks to men like Cecil Lear, some towns along the Jersey shore are now designated surfing-only on certain beaches.

There is no other experience that comes close to sitting outside the break on a surfboard or treading water while bodysurfing and looking at the shore from nature's perspective with the feelings that "only a surfer knows".

Sincerely,

Robert Hendrikson

Paul Strauch | Executive Director


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SHACC Volunteer Opportunities


Intro to Museums Intern

Project Description: The selected intern will be introduced to the specifics of museum work through generating marketing plans, assisting with events and event planning, conducting studies and surveys, learning and implementing museum tours, assisting with the re-organization of the education program, membership organization, and some administrative work (phones, filing, data entry).

Work Schedule: The intern must be able to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours over the course of the internship. Weekly schedule is negotiable within the normal operating hours of the museum. However, the intern should be able to work at least four-hour shifts. Some afterhours and weekend work may be required.

Wage: This is a volunteer internship opportunity.

Qualifications: Current college students, graduate students, or high school seniors with a demonstrated interest in museum and/or non-profit work are encouraged to apply.



Collections and Archiving Intern

Project Description: The selected intern will assist the archivist with organization and care of the collection via inventorying the museum’s current collections, scanning newspaper archives, documenting library books, and organizing surfboard collection paperwork.

Work Schedule: The intern must be able to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours over the course of the internship. Weekly schedule is negotiable within the normal operating hours of the museum. However, the intern should be able to work at least four-hour shifts. Some afterhours and weekend work may be required.

Wage: This is a volunteer internship opportunity.

Qualifications: Current college students, graduate students, or high school seniors with a demonstrated interest in museum and/or non-profit work are encouraged to apply.



Photography Intern

Project Description: The selected intern will assist our photo editor with organizing, labeling, and sorting our photo collection. The qualified candidate will learn basic aspects of handling and working with both old and new photographs, and use of proper photograph identifying equipment. Possible work with digital photos as well.

Work Schedule: The intern must be able to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours over the course of the internship. Weekly schedule is negotiable within the normal operating hours of the museum. However, the intern should be able to work at least four-hour shifts. Some afterhours and weekend work may be required.

Wage: This is a volunteer internship opportunity.

Qualifications: Current college students, graduate students, or high school seniors with a demonstrated interest in museum work  and/or photography are encouraged to apply.




To Apply: Interested candidates may send application (PDF or Word), cover letter, and resume (unofficial transcripts optional) to:

Linda Michael, Administrator
Surfing Heritage and Culture Center
110 Calle Iglesia
San Clemente, CA 92672


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Dick Metz Founder and Board Member

Dick Metz, Board Member and Founder of Surfing Heritage, has supplied the vision for the SHF and the initial funding. Central to the mission, Dick has donated his extensive surfboard collection, and bequeathed his estate to Surfing Heritage. Dick, who grew up in Laguna Beach as a buddy of such notables as Hobie Alter, Reynolds Yater, and Hevs McClelland, is himself a pioneering figure in our sport and industry. As the driving force behind Surfline Hawaii and the Hobie Sports retail chain, and as the traveling surfer who cross-pollinated a fledgling South African surf scene with Hobie and Gordon Clark in California, and suggested to Bruce Brown that he film for The Endless Summer in South Africa, Metz has changed the course of surf history. Now, his goal is to preserve it.

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Spencer Croul Co-Founder and Board Member

Spencer Croul, Co-Founder, Board Member of Surfing Heritage, grew up surfing in Newport Beach, California in the early 1970's, bicycling to the beach with surfboard in tow. A San Diego State University graduate in Recreation Administration Management, he earned his Associate of Arts degree at Orange Coast College after graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1974. He worked 15 years in the private sector as a foam packaging designer and later in the family paint manufacturing business before finding and pursuing his passion as a Surf Culture Preservationist. Bringing foundation management experience to the Surfing Heritage, he also serves on the board of his family's Foundation. He has amassed his own private collection of historical surfing artifacts, and brings not only his collection to the Surfing Heritage but also his vast knowledge in surfing collectibles and surfing history. Presently residing in Newport Beach, California, he is remarried, has two children and continues to surf whenever possible.

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Robert C. Mardian President


Robert C. Mardian, President of Surfing Heritage and Founding Partner, is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University. Mr. Mardian operates restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Texas and has surfed the coasts of all three states. He has finished in the top 30% of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He served on the Finance Committee for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Committee. Bob is a lifelong surfer and member of the San Onofre Surfing Club since 1954. Like his father before him and his son and daughters now, he continues to surf at San Onofre and on occasion, all three generations are in the water at the same time. 

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Steve Pezman Vice President


Steve Pezman, Vice President of Surfing Heritage and Founding Partner, began surfing in 1957 in Orange County, CA. Surfed the 1962-’63 winter season on the North Shore, then returned to California to lifeguard, sail in the merchant marine, build surfboards and co-own Creative Design Surfboards, a Huntington Beach surf shop through the late 1960s. In 1967, Steve began freelance writing for surf magazines, in 1969 becoming associate editor at Petersen’s International Surfing magazine. Moved to Surfer magazine as Assoc. Editor in 1970, later that year becoming Publisher and serving in that capacity through 1991. Currently Co-founder and publisher of The Surfer's Journal, various surfing books, and executive producer of The Surfer's Journal on Outdoor Life Network. Steve has helped found various surfing organs, currently serves on the advisory boards of the Surfrider Foundation and the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.

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