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“A Treasure Trove”

Bruce Snake Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Recognized as a top cultural site by the Maryland Department of Tourism, this free museum contains several rare historical artifacts from the surfing world collected by surfing legend Bruce Gabrielson over a 60 year period. Displays include Dale Velzey's original 1950's templates and planer, an original Makaha Skateboard, the first day edition of the Duke Stamp from both Huntington Beach and Waikiki, signed posters from numerous surfing legends, a signed poster from the Wooden Year's exhibit opening at the International Surfing Museum, a set of Rick Griffin drawings, plus paintings and photos from artists and surf photographers from the East and West Coast. Several antique boards are also on display. The museum is located in the offices of the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association. During the summer months the museum is open when the surf isn't great and in the evenings with reservations preferred.
Reviewed 15 September 2012

Bruce "the Snake" Gabrielson's Surf Museum is a little treasure in the quaint Chesapeake Bay shore town. The museum is filled with surfing memorabilia, taking one back to the early days of surfing up to the present. I don't personally have so much knowledge on surfing, however, it was fascinating to see how it has evolved over the years-and to see where it had its start; I had no idea of how far back surfing's origins came from! Bruce has extensive knowledge on the history of surfing and each relic from his museum has a unique story-and there are lots of them! This museum is definitely a treasure to be discovered by surfers and non surfers alike; the fact is, I walked away with even more appreciation for the sport and with thoughts of: Wow, surfing would be so much fun to do! I have friends in NJ that surf, I am recommending that they make a little visit to Bruce's museum! Thank you Bruce for the tour! :)

5  Thank Michelle R
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Snake Gabrielson's quaint little shop and museum at Chesapeake Beach caught me off gaurd.
I've surfed mostly on the west coast but after talking to the snake became convinced I have been missing some hurricane nuggets here on our east coast.
Snake is a wealth of knowledge and seems to love sharing his interests in the surf industry and local knowledge with you. Upon leaving his shop he even asked if I ever wanted to share a ride with him when a known swell was approaching he would accomodate. Not bad for someone you've only know for an hour. I look forward to visiting his shop many more times and would invite anyone who has a love for the ocean to do the same.

4  Thank kevin_clark024
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Bruce "Snake" Gabrielson has on display some true treasures of the surfing culture. Most amazing to me is his collection of templates and tools of master shaper and builder Dale Velzy. Bruce was Dale's last student and starting his own line of "Wave Trek" Surfboards, and Dale passed on his knowledge and the tools of the trade to Bruce. Most surfers have never thought about the specialized tools needed to produce surfboards.
The exhibit features mementos, trophies and art focused on surfing. Many of us surfed in our youth and consider ourselves surfers, although we may not have surfed in decades. A trip to the museum will bring that all back. It did for me. He has kept the stoke alive and still surfs competitively.

4  Thank George V
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

This museum has a ton of surf memorabilia, photographs, and art from the beginning of surf popularity. The guy who owns it is really knowledgeable about surfing and builds boards as well.

4  Thank Vince G
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