Surfing Florida: A Photographic History and Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife
Aug. 31, 2013 – Jan. 20, 2014 | $4 adults, $3.50 Fla. residents and college students, $3 child, free for UF students and Museum membersSurf's up! The Florida Museum celebrates the state’s famous coastal waters with the exhibit Surfing Florida. Developed by Florida Atlantic University, the exhibit features photographs and interpretive graphics on the state’s surfing history. The Florida Museum extends the story with surfboard collections, stories from the University of Florida Surf Team and a display showing how surfboards are made.
There’s much more to surfing than surfers! Explore the science of waves and animals of the surf and beach. Surf Science mixes Florida Museum and UF research with specimens and interactive experiences. Learn more about the Florida Museum’s famed International Shark Attack File and shark research programs, discover animals that surf, examine different types of Florida sand and view specimens from the Museum’s fish, mammal and marine invertebrate collections.
- A Photographic History
View historical photographs, including an image from 1938 documenting Florida’s first surfing championship in Daytona Beach.
- Surf Culture
Experience surf culture and history including the evolution of surfboards and changes from the ’60s through the '80s. Discover how surfboards are crafted by hand and learn about the history of the UF Surf Club.
- The Beach
Take a closer look at the beach and its treasures. Explore and learn about different types of sand at the magnifying center, identify shells at the “seek and find” hands-on activity station and learn more about year-round and summer visitors such as beach mice, shore birds and other wildlife.
- Science and the Surf
Examine Museum specimens, from small but fascinating invertebrates to a full-scale shark model, a dolphin skeleton and more! Explore the Museum’s "International Shark Attack File" media station and discover how waves are created at the "make waves" tank.
Did you know?
- 98.5 percent of people bitten by sharks survive.
- A “shaper” is someone who designs and builds surfboards by hand.
- Only about one in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings survives to adulthood.
- Tides are created by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on the Earth as it rotates.
- UF's Department of Geological Sciences is researching how sand is transported along the coast to better understand critical issues of coastal erosion and global sea level rise.
- You can make a difference in the survival of sea turtles and other wildlife. The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at UF is researching all aspects of sea turtle biology to promote education and conservation initiatives throughout the world. See http://accstr.ufl.edu/ for more information.
- The small gastropod, Impages cinerea salleana, is known as a "surfing" snail. The snail uses its foot as a "sail" to move back and forth in the surf following the tide in search of food.
"Surfing Florida: A Photographic History" was organized by the University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, with support from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation and YP.com.