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California Surf Museum: Ridin' the tide at 25

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - Wahines have been riding waves around the world for over 300 years, and the proof can be found in downtown Oceanside at the California Surf Museum.

It used to be the Playgirl Strip Club, until the City of Oceanside stepped in.

"They bought the building years ago, renovated it and now there's a beautiful surf museum here," Julie Cox said.

This month the museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

"We're influenced by so much of the culture around here with the Southern California surfing and so much rich history comes from Oceanside and San Diego," Julie said.

The museum's salute to the women of surfing will be on display for two more weeks.

"It's a fun attraction and it's a great story to tell," Julie said. "Women and surfing have been around since the beginning, guys and girls were surfing together."

The sport has changed, and so has the attire.

"We have the first swimsuits here, a lot of wool suits," Julie said.

Around 1960, women's surfing underwent a revolution thanks to Hollywood.

"The 'Gidget' movie coming out was an explosion and it changed surfing forever. We call it 'pre-Gidget' and 'post-Gidget'. It's like a term in surfing history," Julie said.

The modern era of women on waves belongs to Lisa Anderson.

"In the 1990s became four-time world champion and also helped develop the women's board short," Julie said.

For a quarter-century, the California Surf Museum has been heralding our heritage.

"We're in a perfect little spot, right here in Oceanside," Julie said.

To quote the politically incorrect, "You've come a long way, baby."

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