The Montauk Surf Museum's Kickstarter campaign reached its $25,000 goal on Wednesday.
The Montauk Surf Museum’s Kickstarter campaign reached its $25,000 goal on Wednesday.

The Montauk Surf Museum project underway at the Montauk Lighthouse has exceeded its goal of raising $25,000 through a Kickstarter campaign launced in late October.

The project had raised $29,939 from 128 backers as of Wednesday morning, after a one-month long campaign.

The surf museum, formally known as the Oceans Institute of the Montauk Historical Society, will tell the story of how Montauk became a surfing destination, and will explain the oceanography and coastal science behind surfing, the shoreline, sea-level rise and erosion.

Architectural drawings for the building that will house the museum.
Architectural drawings for the building that will house the museum.

The Surf Museum and Oceans Institute will be located in a small building next to the Montauk Lighthouse, which was constructed as a power house for the lighthouse’s sirens in 1896.

The building’s windows, doors, and skylight cupola are being restored with the help of designer Stephen Alesch.

The Kickstarter funds are expected to be used for the completion of ocean blue flooring throughout the building and the restoration of the doors and windows.

According to the Kickstarter campaign, the museum’s location overlooking three of Montauk’s best surf breaks will be used to tell the story of the science of waves, how they are generated and “what is it that gives Montauk’s waves their singular attraction.”

The museum will tell the story of surfing’s Polynesian roots and the way in which natural features, weather, and societal change combined to bring the sport to Montauk, including tales of explorers and whalers from East Coast ports who brought information about surfing here.

The museum will also feature photos and videos taken by local surf photographers, and an oral history of surfing on Long Island.

Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign received premiums ranging from a surf pin for donating $25 to a Tony Caramanico custom surfboard for pledging $1,800 to a private surf lesson with pro surfer Quincy Davis for pledging in excess of $5,000.

More information on the museum is available online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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