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Statue of Hermosa Beach surfing legend missing its head. Time to call police?


Missing: The head of a local surfing icon.

Hermosa Beach officials are looking for the head from a statue of surfer and lifeguard Tim Kelly.

The sculpture stood near the Hermosa Beach Pier for decade, serving as a landmark for beachgoers and those riding along the bike trial.

It was removed a few years ago and replaced with a bronze replica. The original, made of foam and fiberglass, was in storage at the city's emergency operations center, according to the Daily Breeze.

Rick Koenig of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society Museum noticed the head was missing recently, but he isn't sure whether it was stolen or simply misplaced.

"We just want it back, because the statue is pretty much worthless without it," he told the Breeze.

According to the city, Kelly was a well-known surfer and beachside figure who died in his 20s in a car accident.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: The bronze statue of surfer Tim Kelly that replaced the original, which is made of foam and fiberglass and is now missing its head. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (9)

I never thought of surfing as something worth losing your head over!

I am not sure I read this right. Is the statue on the pier missing a head, or is the original statue, in storage somewhere, missing the head. I guess I'll have to walk down to check it out to see for myself.

Help me understand. The head from the original foam sculpture is missing?
The bronze replica that currently sits near the Hermosa Beach pier is intact.
Is that correct?

There have been reader questions about which statue's head is missing. To be clear, the head of the original statue, currently in storage, is missing.

Has anyone questioned that girl? She's trying to rip the replica's head off now...

Okay, is the lost head in storage, or is the one not in storage that is not missing its head? Or is it the one that is not missing its head in or not in storage? Or does the lost head that is in storage belong to the one that is in storage or the one that is not in storage?

Which head is missing?? Foam core one from the museum, right? Why not show a picture of what it looks like in the museum... maybe mention the permanent version at the end of the piece.

so you are telling us that the fiberglass original statute stood at the beach for ten years and no one took its head until it went to a safe place at the museum? Did they question Rick Koening - king of the museum or look under his bed?

Story isn't that complicated, but a good example why news media is going by the way of the dinosaurs. How could such a short article cause so much mis-understanding?

But really, how can a statute, in city's emergency center, miss its head? Great security folks.


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