Welcome To The Kook Calendar Website
New York has the Statue of Liberty and Paris, the Eiffel Tower. In days gone by there were the 7 wonders of the world. But how many of those wonders made anyone laugh out loud? Zip. Not so with California's 21st Century monument. The Cardiff Kook leads the pack as he breaks stuffy tradition with all those other megaliths! We think that's what makes the bronze "Magic Carpet Ride" statue, magic.
Welcome to the Kook Calendar site. The "Magic Carpet Ride" is a sculpture that was funded locally in the city of Encinitas by the Cardiff Botanical Society and the City of Encinitas. It was sculpted by the accomplished and talented Matthew Antichevich in 2007. It is a magnificent work of art, from the surfboard to the anatomy to the stone pedestal. Originally however, the prototype has a large wave and the young rider learning to surf was flying horizontally off the lip of the wave. As funds ran short for all the bronze for the wave, the statue had to be placed upright on a stone pedestal, changing the feel quite a bit. Back in 2007 when it was unveiled, local surfers were not please with the effeminate pose of the young man attempting his first ride on a wave. Being that "Kook" is a surfer's term for someone who "says they can surf but can't"; "Kooky" and the "Cardiff Kook" became it's natural nick-names. (And until I'm corrected, the FIRST person who called the statue a Kook was comic artist and surfer: Mary Fleener!)
It's been said that like a younger brother being teased, the work of art became the object of various costumes (from fashionable to outlandish). When the cover of darkness fell, guerilla tailors had fun with it - and still do! After numerous pictures were taken of the various garbs, the collection of the better outfits made an awesome calendar in 2011 that became very popular. 2500 1st editions were sold out in just 5 weeks. Collectively through the years, many thousands of dollars went to local businesses; a California printer; Uncle Sam; Fill-A-Belly; the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and some lunch +money was left over for me and a sales rep.!
The 2015 4th Anniversary Kook Calendar is finally here so order now before we run out!
The Kook Calendar makes a great gift featuring Cardiff-by-the-Sea's (and perhaps So Cal's) most famous and most photographed landmark. The SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE praised "100 works of art to see before you die!" and Kooky was #1!
The 2015 issue of the Kook Calendar is named: "The Magic Carpet Ride - with a Tropical Twist!" Talented artist Kevin Klyde has illustrated colorful tiki style seaside borders and bamboo frame to compliment each costumed Kook photo. Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the next best thing to Hawaii!