Where is the Cardiff Kook? Cardiff Kook Statue in Encinitas, California
The Cardiff Kook is a famous (or infamous) statue along State Coast Highway 101 in the Cardiff-by-the-Sea neighborhood of Encinitas. The nickname comes from the fact that the surfer in the statue has strange surfing form and has been labeled a “kook” by local surfers.
Who made the Cardiff Kook? Matthew Antichevich, soft-spoken creator of the bronze figure officially named “Magic Carpet Ride” has a fascinating personal history independent of his celebrated Cardiff sculpture. At the age of six, Matthew lived with his family in Encinitas.
When was the Cardiff Kook built? The sculpture was commissioned by the Cardiff Botanical Society at a cost of approximately $120,000. It was installed in 2007 at the entrances to the San Elijo State Beach campground on Coast Highway 101.
What is a Kook in California? Cardiff’s Kook – Southern California’s Most Famous Surfer
Since the installation, the statue has become the target of critics and pranksters from all over the world. The statue’s nickname -Kook- a derogatory term for a wannabe rider, has been given by the local surfers.