Gidget to Speak on Surf Culture

Kathy Zuckerman, whose teenage adventures at the beach were the inspiration for the book, movie and television show Gidget, speaks at the University of San Diego at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2006, in the University Center. Zuckerman’s lecture is the final guest lecture presented as part of the course Surf History and Culture. The talk is free and open to the public.

Zuckerman grew up in Brentwood, CA, and learned to surf at age fifteen. Given the nickname “Gidget,” a combination of “girl” and “midget” due to her short stature, she spent several summers at Malibu. Zuckerman’s father, Frederick Kohner, based his book on her diaries of the time and the story of innocent teenage love and a culture of surfing captured the imagination of a generation. Zuckerman went on to become an icon of the surf community and in 1999 Surfer magazine ranked her as the seventh most influential surfer of the 20th century.

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