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5 August 2013

St Ives' surfing heritage remembered 50 years on from store opening

Fifty years after the UK's first purpose-built surf shop was opened in St Ives, Cornwall's rich water sports heritage has been celebrated by a local newspaper.

The article, newly published in The Cornishman, has delved back into the history books to relive the summer of 1962 when Californian Dave Rochlen came to the Duchy and inspired many locals with his incredible skills, which led to the opening of the Surfer's Store in the centre of St Ives the following year.

Cornwall can actually trace its surfing history back even further than this though, to when, in 1928, champion surfer Charles McAllister, from Australia, showed off his wave-riding talents when he stopped off on his way back from the Olympic Games in Amsterdam.

Today, many visitors to dog friendly cottages in Cornwall still enjoy the county's beautiful and unspoilt coastline, from St Ives to the Lizard, whether or not they want to dive in and tackle the water themselves or not!


Image credit: Dave Hamster (flickr.com)

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