The Cardiff Kook and His Magic Carpet Ride. Cardiff, California.
History of the Cardiff Kook.
Cardiff California is where the Cardiff Kook resides. 16 feet of hard bronze, forever frozen in time. A statuesque resemblance of a novice learning to surf.
The bronze statue was commissioned by the Cardiff Botanical Society and created by artist Matthew Antichevich, a local surfer. The statue was officially named The Magic Carpet Ride and erected in 2007 near San Elijo State Beach on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in San Diego, Ca.
The artists intent was to portray a novice learning to surf as the area attracts many beginning surfers. When The Cardiff Botanical Society ran out of money they decided to downsize. So the statue is missing any actual surf.
The Cardiff Kook's magic carpet ride has been a very bumpy one. The locals unofficially renamed him The Cardiff Kook. Surf slang for a wannabe surfer. He has faced many a criticism from the local Cardiff community for his unrealistic portrayal of surfers. He's been shunned, labeled a ballerina not a surfer. The Kook has been repeatedly vandalized. Or in Jeff Spicoli surf slang, punked, gnarly bro.
The Kook has been mysteriously dressed up in a pink pleated skirt and bikini top, a Lucha Libre wrestling mask, and a Zorro costume. Once he was almost eaten by a papier mache shark about to swallow him from beneath. Fortunately, or unfortunately for some, he escaped jaws.
Many a holiday The Kook has been magically dressed up for the season. A pumpkin head for Halloween, a Santa Claus outfit for Christmas, Uncle Sam for the fourth of July, and Cupid for Valentine’s Day.
The Kook also dressed up in support of San Diego State in the NCAA Sweet 16 basketball conference. SDSU lost but his outfit was marvelous! This was my personal favorite. The Royal Wedding was another big hit.
Most recently Junior Seau, an American football player (linebacker) and home town hero who played for The San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots was sadly memorialized when he tragically committed suicide. RIP Junior, we will miss you. Mahalo!
The Cardiff Kook recently got a neighbor, Madonna of the Waves. See the link Surfing Madonna and vote. Should the Surfing Madonna stay or go? Update: The Surfing Madonna went. Boo... Update to the update: The Surfing Madonna was relocated and is now next to Surfy Surfy in Leucadia.
The City of Cardiff officially discourages these pranks. However, they boost the tourist trade in Cardiff. The Kook even has his own calendar for sale in local shops.
Love him or hate him, The Cardiff Kook is here to stay. So can't we all just get along?
VG Bakery, yes that stands for Very Good, is located directly across PCH in a small shopping center. Stop in and enjoy fresh baked goodies such as napoleons, éclairs, donuts, and a great assortment of cookies and cakes.
Walk across the street and enjoy your goodies in the small park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. An excellent collection of native plants is on display.
Visit the Surf Museum in Oceanside, Ca. www.surfmuseum.org
Take a hike. There are plenty of great hiking trails in San Diego County.
Visit a Mission. There are 2 in San Diego.
Are we there yet? What to take on a road trip:
An ice chest with food, snacks and drinks for everyone. Forget sharing.
Don't forget your chargers, headphones, earplugs, meds, and a bag for garbage
Take along your Kindle and your cell phone to keep yourself and the kids occupied on long road trips. Down load any e-books and apps that will help you.
Remember to take along a great camera. We found the Sony Nex-5 to be light weight and user friendly.
San Diego streets, freeways, and traffic jams are frustrating. Take a good GPS system with you and visit off season.
- Men in hardhats put up surfing Madonna mural in Encinitas |
Where else but in Encinitas would you get a surfing Madonna? The city famous for its catchable waves and funky public art now has a new piece apparently installed by a brazen crew of bogus construction workers.
- Surfy Surfy: The Surfing Madonna reappears in Leucadia, CA. Pray for Surf!