California Surf Museum’s New Façade To Light on December 4

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – December 1, 2008, Oceanside, CA – Thursday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m., Oceanside City Council will turn on the façade lights for the first time at the California Surf Museum's soon-to-be new home at 312 Pier View Way. City staff, California Surf Museum Board of Directors and staff, building architect and contractors will also be present at this milestone event.

The building façade and interior, designed by architect and CSM Advisor Louise Ravera Balma of Oceanside, is being built by DLS Contractors, Orange County. The signs have been fabricated by Ford Signs of Oceanside.

DLS will be finishing up its work on the city-owned building by the end of the year. CSM will begin building out the interior displays and other finishing details after the first of the year, with plans to open the doors for business by early Spring 2009.

Also on December 4, from 4:30-7:00 p.m., the CSM will host author Jim Kempton at its new home. Kempton will sign his new book, Surfing the Manual: Advanced. This groundbreaking guide to advanced surfing techniques provides a unique look at the history of surfing though the sports progression in performance. Profits will benefit the CSM.

Kempton is the former editor and publisher of Surfer magazine and current Vice President of CSM. He has compiled an innovative instructional guide for intermediate and advanced surfers seeking to improve their skills. Incorporating interviews from more than 50 of the most recognized names in professional surfing, the 336-page book covers every aspect of the sport that many consider an art form. Step-by-step photographic sequences matched with intuitive training captions display each maneuver in detail. The text features some 600 images drawn from the archives of respected surf photographers Jeff Divine and Tom Servais.

The California Surf Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently located at 223 N. Coast Highway, serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. It is open daily, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations are requested. For information, please call (760) 721-6876 or visit