Natalie Kotsch Surfing Museum Founder
Huntington Beach, Calif.―Natalaie Kotsch is in her element in
Huntington Beach. Whether it's hanging ten over a contract for a house
sale (Kotsch is a Realtor who's closed many of them in HB), or it's
driving a nail into the wall of the Huntington Beach International
Surfing Museum to hang the latest Beach Boys or Jan & Dean exhibit in
her second home, the founder of this cultural gathering place nearly
always wears a smile.
Contagiously enjoyable to be
around, Kotschh's life is not simple and carefree always...but she sure
makes people feel at home when they come to see the Surfing Museum's
events, band concerts, latest exhibits or other celebrations she and the
board of directors concoct, hoping to spin interest in this downtown HB
Kotsch was not always a surfer
girl (and in fact, she's never surfed), but coming from Canada some
years ago, she found the beach lifestyle and the culture of a surfing
community fascinating, and worth commemorating. At a recent Surfin'
Sundays concert sponsored by the Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, a
warm breeze blew a wave of emotion over the joyful lady dressed in
"It's nice to be appreciated,"
Kotsch joked, as a drum roll cheered her in the speech she presented to
an audience of around 100 surf & sun worshippers. "I founded this museum
to preserve what used to be. It's very, very important."
For years she's kept the ball
rolling and the bands playing as thousands of tourists, local residents
to the beach community and countless surf ambassadors have passed
through the doors of the small building that houses a sizeable
collection of memorabilia ranging from the early wooden, carved
surfboards to even a bust of the ambassador of surfing himself, the late
great Duke Kahanamoku. The museum, which is open to the public, features
exhibits such as Surf Sounds of The Beach Boys, a collection of Beach
Boys band albums, tickets, photos and even the signature Pendleton
jacket they used to wear. Many Sundays throughout the summer
months the museum hosts free concerts and invites those who love music
to experience the good vibrations of surfing-style drum beats and guitar
You can also browse the gift shop
and buy some bodacious souvenirs to give to someone, somewhere.
Huntington Beach International
Surfing Museum, 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Call: (714)