Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California: Cardiff Kook Surfer StatueThe lifestyle and the sport are celebrated with a statue that many perceive as dorky. Frequently dressed in unflattering outfits or victim of elaborate humiliating props set up by unknown pranksters.
- Chesterfield Dr., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
- I-5 exit 40, west on Birmingham Dr. for 1/2 mile until it ends, then south on San Elijo Ave. for three blocks, then right (west) on Chesterfield Drive. Statue dead ahead, in a recess on the west side of Hwy 101 at Chesterfield Dr.
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The pranksters are at it again.[Momazilla, 08/14/2011]
The LA Times reported the surfer statue was victim of an elaborate prank on Saturday morning. Against a large, painted backdrop of an erupting volcano, the surfer boy is in the clutches of a replica pterodactyl flapping above him. It was still in place today, but like last year's giant shark tableau, the city will probably swoop in quickly and carry away the comedy. The artists responsible are still anonymous.
The Botanical Society of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a southern California beach community, wanted to honor the area's surfer culture. It raised $120,000, hired a local surfer-sculptor who had trained in Florence, Italy, and got what it believed was a great bronze statue, which was unveiled on July 22, 2007.... [08/26/2007] Complete News Story