SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF/AP) — Since Hawaiian princes riding planks of redwood introduced surfing to Santa Cruz in 1885, the sport has been an important part of the city’s identity.

Now, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum filled with historical photos and memorabilia has turned 25 just a few years after nearly closing.

On hand were some of the original members of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club, including 88-year-old Ted Nicholson who began riding waves in the area in 1944.

Club member Doug Thorne, 82, credits the museum with reflecting the enduring legacy of surfing and its culture.

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for the museum, which nearly closed in 2008 due to city budget cuts. It was saved when a local group raised private donations to keep it open.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


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