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July 26, 2010 / Steve

Day 207 – Cardiff Shark Attack

Yesterday morning, Cardiff By The Sea residents awoke to find their “Cardiff Kook” surf statue in the jaws of a Great White Shark; albeit a paper mache one.

The statue, which was placed in this spot in 2007, has been the subject of much ridicule ever since. Most of the complaints are about how the statue doesn’t represent the surf culture well, it looks just goofy. It’s been said that it looks more like a ballet dancer than a surfer. I’ve done quite a bit of surf photography, enough to know that this is really not how it looks. Anyway, people mess with the statue all the time and it’s always pretty entertaining, but usually it’s along the lines of being dressed in funny clothes, woman’s clothes; pretty minor things.

Today the bar is set a bit higher. This shark, covered in paper mache is built upon a wood frame covered in chicken wire and was assembled in halves, which is explains the messy adhesive joint in the center. The unidentified “artist” disclosed to the news that he and about a dozen guys all worked to put it in place and glue it together at around 4 AM. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Here’s a reference photo to what the statue looks like without the shark.



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  1. Dave / Jul 26 2010 9:29 PM

    okay, that’s hilarious. This “surfer” looks like he/she should be eaten by a shark though.

    • Steve / Jul 26 2010 9:31 PM

      Yeah, that’s pretty much the local consensus.

  2. Bryan / Jul 26 2010 10:08 PM

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

    • Steve / Jul 27 2010 7:46 AM

      I recently saw Jaws (the original) again, and even still it’s such a great movie!

  3. Pia / Jul 27 2010 1:27 PM

    Love it!

  4. Vicco / Aug 10 2010 3:08 PM

    They should lose the statue and keep the shark..that statue is an embarssement to the surfing community. The artist should have checked out the naked surfer statue in HB -they got it right

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