Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

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

March 8, 2010 | 11:31 am


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