The Royal Kook Celebrates the Royal Wedding in Cardiff California

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The Royal Wedding in Cardiff:

Cardiff, California, That Is

Surfing Statue in Cardiff by the Sea, CA Celebrates the Royal Wedding

Cardiff was in a celebratory mood yesterday, as were millions around the world, who watched the Royal Wedding yesterday, and again and again on the Internet and TV.

Cardiff had its own celebration in honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Ms. Catherine Middleton.

The famous, and somewhat controversial Surfing Statue got all dressed up for the occasion, complete with crown, train and bouquet. The wedding dress was stunning, although perhaps not as beautiful as the Bride's. The Cardiff Kook, as it is called by locals because of what is said to be an incorrect surfing pose, was dubbed the "ROYAL KOOK." There is even a website about the Cardiff Kook.

The statue can be seen by everyone driving by on the Coast Highway at the light at the main road into Cardiff's downtown, garnering lots of laughs and numerous paparazzi (including yours truly).

No doubt there were some naysayers, who also have decried the status itself for a host of reasons. Nonetheless, I suspect that Cardiff, and its famous status, will become better known as the result of this testimony to one of the great wedding of the millenium.

Surely the Prince (and Princess?), a.k.a. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be honored.

I wonder if they surf? The waves, that is.


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Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA
C2 Financial

Jeff,  I saw this earlier today.  I love, love, love the Cardiff Kook!  I think they should have an annual contest!

Apr 30, 2011 01:46 PM #1
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Jeff, I have not heard of the surfing statue - why is it 'somewhat controversial'?  Is dressing it up the norm?  Who gets to dress it up?

Apr 30, 2011 02:01 PM #2
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Jeff - I think everyone needed a reason to celebrate some good news and it looks like Cardiff, CA did it in Cali style!

Apr 30, 2011 02:01 PM #3
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

HAHAHAHA!!! Only in California! Well...maybe Austin, Texas too where you know we like to keep it weird ;-)

Apr 30, 2011 02:04 PM #4
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Looks like someone had a lot of fun. I still plan on getting a picture of me riding that giant cement horse in front of PF Changs one of these days.

Apr 30, 2011 02:09 PM #5
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

How funny. I love when these kind of things take place in town. Makes for a wonderful place to call home. And besides we need to experience the light side of life too. :0)

Apr 30, 2011 02:20 PM #6
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

That is to funny... I love it!! Every town has a few people that are dryer then prunes and their ability to show they have a sense of humor has deminished.. It was all done out of humor.. Very funny and no statue was permantly vandalised in the process.

Apr 30, 2011 02:22 PM #7
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, this is a hoot and a great, great conversation piece. Good job on the photos!

Apr 30, 2011 02:36 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Deborah - I agree with you!! The statue HAS been dressed up for various occasions, but somewhat unofficially. I think it's great fun!

Virginia - good question. The controversy seems to revolve around the apparent age of the person portrayed in the statue, the positioning of the arms (which seem to not be consistent with more traditional surfing form) and other issues. To me the whole thng seems silly and I don't get what the issues are about - I love the statue, adn things seem to have settle down in the last year or so. And as noted about it has been dressed up a bit here and there but this is the most elaborate. I love it!


Apr 30, 2011 02:59 PM #9
Nona Swann
Swann & Associates Real Estate - Indialantic, FL
Serving the needs of the Sellers in Brevard County


Oh how much fun. Hello you are on the beach of California of course you have to have a surfing statue. Perfect time to give a tribute to the newly married royalty!

Apr 30, 2011 03:19 PM #10
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

How funny! I loved all the wedding coverage! I think it was nice to focus on something good for once.

Apr 30, 2011 03:29 PM #11
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I am so glad I didn't see this. Sorry, Brit or not, I am glad it is all over.

Apr 30, 2011 04:57 PM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Jeff - now that is indeed a novel idea and something I would expect to see in California! Thanks for sharing!!!

May 01, 2011 02:50 AM #13
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jeff - The surfer definitely gave Kate a run for her money, but in my opinion Kate wore it better.

May 01, 2011 04:28 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Norma - given all the ugliness we have been seeing recently I think you're right. The people certainly seemed to enjoy the real wedding AND the Cardiff spoof.

Russell - LOL. I bet there was other spoofing going on elsewhere.

Eric - come on down to Carlsbad, there's a new one in Car Country. I'll even take the picture!

Martha - agreed. And no harm was done.


May 01, 2011 05:03 AM #15
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

It is pretty funny & I think the British royal couple would laugh like hell...i'm a romantic at heart & couldn't help but have my pc at the kitchen counter doing work & watching the goings on across the was beautiful

May 01, 2011 01:44 PM #16
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

The more I think about it, the more I feel the irony that this statue is in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

May 03, 2011 02:23 AM #17
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

that is pretty funny!!! I am wondering now BinLaden is dead have they redress the kook for this special occasion.. ?

May 03, 2011 07:25 AM #18
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

The gown doesn't quite look like Grace Kelly' Kate's did, but it somehow works!  <3

May 03, 2011 09:13 AM #19
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