The Cardiff Kook

Here’s a little history about my town and one of the main focal points of it.  Please bear with me as I am learning while I type and know almost nothing about the surfing world and its many nuances.

So in 2007, a bunch of people in the Botanical Society decided that a statue needed to be constructed to capture the essence of Cardiff, CA.  Since this is a total surf town, creating a statue of a surfer was the obvious choice.  The issue being that the statue ended up looking kind of lame and not like the tough Californian surfer the locals really envisioned.  But, the money had been raised, the bronze had been cast, and thus we have a monument to our town at the main stoplight.  The work of art is technically called “Magic Carpet Ride” alluding to the feeling you get when you catch the perfect wave… but it’s affectionate referred to as the Cardiff Kook, a term frequently used to describe a new, out-of-town surfer who isn’t really any good.

The best part of this statue is that the locals have now turned it into a rotating billboard to announce important holidays, events, or just to make a statement.  The Kook has been wrapped in aluminum foil, dressed up for prom, decorated to memorialize fallen heroes, and almost anything else you can imagine.  For my fellow Cavaliers, it’s like Beta Bridge in human statue form.  There’s even a website dedicated to the many “faces” of the Cardiff Kook.  I love walking past the statue and seeing what he’s decorated for on that particular day, and you never see anyone changing him, it just happens under the cover of night I guess.

Oh, and there’s a poem that was written by a, now deceased, resident of Cardiff.  It’s engraved on the side of the stand, beneath the surfer and I guess is inspirational?  Anyway, it’s below for your enjoyment and hopefully this post has given you some insight into the wacky ways of Cardiff town… I don’t try to understand it all, I just tell it like it is 🙂

Grommit of bronze
On an ocean of stone
Frozen in time
In Cardiff, at home
Action in art
Still life by the sea
Community pride
Goofy footed and free
Exuberant youth
Arms open and wide
A cultural ambassador
Takes his first ride
His story is our story
Personified Grace
Both the past and the future
See yourself in his face
Grommit of bronze
On an ocean of stone
Surfs by the sea
In Cardiff, at home.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Raymond Oliver
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 14:35:41

    Karen, ThaNKS FOR THE INSIGHT INTO YOUR PLACE. bEEN ENJOYINY YOUR BLOGS, gLAD YOU ARE HAVING A GREAR TIME.

    jUST HEARD YOUARE HOME. dID NOT KNOW YOU WERE COMING. bLESSINGS, g- dAD & o-mOM o

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