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This moment, according to Stoner, cements in stone that surfing on the mainland United States originated in Santa Cruz.
Surfboards hang from the rafters, flippers and old T-shirts are tacked onto display boards, and everywhere you look there are photos of people surfing in Santa Cruz, dating back to the early 1900s. The first place they bring you to is a replica of the board the Hawaiian princes shaped and rode. It seems very out of place, until Stoner tells me that someone used it as a surfboard. You follow the footsteps into the 1930s, when the Santa Cruz Surf Club was founded, to the '50s when Jack O'Neill invented the modern wetsuit.Kim Stoner, one of the museum's founders, is a surf historian and Santa Cruz native. "It was a life-changing event," he says, his tanned face crinkling with a smile."Once you get it in your blood, it's hard to get out." Three Hawaiian princes — brothers David Kawānanakoa, Edward Keliʻiahonui and Jonah Kalanianaʻole — were sent to California by the King of Hawaii to attend Saint Matthews Military Academy in San Mateo.This city of 62,000 people on the Pacific coast of northern California, enjoys 250 days of sunshine annually in which to enjoy one of the world’s great surfing beaches.It’s also nestled next to the Santa Cruz Mountains, where spectacular hiking trails afford sweeping views of the ocean.