If your knowledge of surfing is stalled somewhere between Duke Kahanamoku and Gidget, you might want to hop in your woodie and drive to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside.
There, you'll learn that the Southland's first documented surfer was one George Freeth, who was sighted riding a wave off Redondo Beach in 1907. A Freeth exhibit is among current attractions at the museum, together with a salute to the Duke, the Hawaiian-born father of surfing who died in 1968.
The featured exhibit, "It Takes Two to Tandem!," chronicles in 100 action photos the history of tandem surfing, described as surfing's pair skating, which started in Hawaii. According to museum director Rich Watkins, tandem surfing is enjoying a resurgence "now that the longboard contests have come back" after years of shortboards dominating competitions.
The nonprofit museum, which opened in 1986, exists to preserve the art, culture and heritage of surfing as both a sport and a lifestyle.