The Montauk Surf Museum, formally known as the Oceans Institute of the Montauk Historical Society, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of the physical Montauk Surf Museum, which will creatively present ocean science, art, and the history of surfing to visitors and schools.
Their mission is to tell the story of how Montauk, New York became one of the top surf destinations on the East Coast as well as the science behind the wave action and conditions which have made it the famous break it is today. The Museum will also depict how Montauk has been and will be impacted by rising sea levels and coastal erosion.
The Museum will certainly focus on the broad history of surfing as well as the local intricacies. The minds behind the museum plan to tell the story within the context of the surfing’s Polynesian roots, while focusing on the ways in which natural features, weather, and societal change combined to bring surfing to the eastern end of Long Island, which for many years had been an isolated fishing village. Additionally, the science behind the ocean and its inhabitants, including coastal dynamics, local marine species, and ecosystems, while also considering topics such as sea level rise, will be a part of the existing installations at the adjacent Montauk Lighthouse Museum.
Expect some really cool features to be included in the Museum, like a visual archive of interviews with surfers, as well as photographs. They also plan to feature special events to highlight artists, musicians, and filmmakers who have been inspired by surfing and the ocean on many exciting creative innovative levels. Additionally, a visually stimulating virtual aquarium will present sea creatures to viewers, allowing them to get an idea of what exactly they’re sharing the sea with.