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Squatters, Scandals, and Surfing: A History of Rincon


February 25, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Museum of Ventura County Pavilion
100 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
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Join us at the Museum of Ventura County for a discussion with authors Stephen Bates and Vincent Burns. Their book, Images of America: Rincon Point, uncovers the history of this famous and storied surf spot. Admission is free. Copies of Images of America: Rincon Point by Stephen Bates and Vincent Burns will be available for purchase.

Rincon Point is renowned as the Queen of the Coast, one of the premier surfing spots in the world, but that is only a fragment of its rich history. Before the arrival of Europeans, it was a Chumash village called Shuku. In the 19th century, it was part of Rancho El Rincon, whose owners included a rich but illiterate Californio rancher, an English physician who made house calls by bicycle, and a Chilean pharmacist who dispensed drugs out of an old ship’s cabin. It was the site of a scandalous love-triangle murder in the 1870s, a rickety highway on stilts in the 1910s, and a raunchy honky-tonk in the 1920s. Banditos, nudists, movie stars, long-boarders–they have all shaped Rincon Point, a place immortalized by novelists, poets, painters, photographers, and the Beach Boys.

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