Cardiff Kook Dressed for Halloween? Not Quite

Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

I stopped by the CARDIFF KOOK in Cardiff by the Sea yesterday on my travels back from Solana Beach yesterday to see how the KOOK was dressed.

Cardiff Kook in Cardiff by the Sea

The Cardiff Kook is a well-known surfing statue on the Coast Highway in Cardiff, perhaps best known for the various costumes it adorns during the year at holidays and special events (e.g., the Royal Wedding), rather than for the status itself, other than the notoriety.

Whether you like the statue itself or not, OR the sometimes wild and crazy way the Kook gets dressed, you have to admit it has garnered a ton of attention, and the creativity is pretty amazing sometimes.

The Cardiff Kook even has its own website, and the former Beach Citiy Cafe is now the Kook's Cafe.

The real point of the story is that yesterday the Kook offering was a MEMORIAL, for Guy Fredrick Peterson, who was born on Halloween in 1956 and died last year on November 12, and family and friends decorated the Kook appropriately.

I'm not sure if the pumpkin on the Kook's head was part of the original intent, but ithe memorial was a touching way for the Kook to dress on this most recent Halloween.

Guy Peterson Memorial on the Cardiff Kook in Cardiff by the Sea

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Jeff, I LOVE IT! I hope you will do more on the Cardiff Kook so we can all enjoy the outfits. Wow! And yes, it seemed to be a fitting tribute.

Nov 01, 2012 10:34 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jeff, What a nice way to honor Guy Fredrick Peterson.  It appears he was a military man yet likely did not die in the war. Cardiff Kook wore the memorial well.

Nov 01, 2012 10:36 AM #2
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Heartbreaking. I hope that the kook stays dressed like this for quite some time. 

Nov 01, 2012 10:58 AM #3
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Jeff - love it - only in socal! Regards Dave

Nov 01, 2012 11:30 AM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Well, I learned something new today. I had never heard of the Cardiff Kook until now.  Very neat.

Nov 01, 2012 11:46 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Andrea - Oh I will . It is such a local icon and such fun to see when dressed up. There is almost always an article in the paper

Kathleen - it was very touching. And not at all what I expected given how the Kook is typical dressed at holiday time

Melissa - it would be nice but the outfits seem to stay in play just a couple of days. Maybe this will be different.

Dave - yeah, it really fits in, doesn't it?

Chris Ann - and I can guarantee you will hear more from me


Nov 01, 2012 01:00 PM #6
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Jeff, I read an article in the North County Times and it was saying that people haven't been decorating this Kook as much as they used to. I guess this was a Halloween costume with a pumpkin on his head, lol.
Nov 01, 2012 01:22 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I saw that too. The other comment I have heard is that the costuming is not as elaborate. I would think that be put it our there as a challenge to someone. I'm gonna keep watching.


Nov 01, 2012 04:49 PM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, does one person/organization dress up Cardiff Kook, or is it pretty much anyone who wants to?

Nov 01, 2012 05:56 PM #9
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