Paying Tribute to Kobe Bryant

31 Jan

Aloha is...honoring a basketball legend with a simple gesture.

In Cardiff-by-the-Sea, The Cardiff Kook pays a special tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing his #24 Lakers jersey.  Several spots around San Diego County have been honoring the basketball legend this week as locals mourn Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.

I'm still wrapping my head around this tragic loss of a legend so young and yet so wise.

One of my favorite quotes by him is:

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."

And, that is what I intend to do, Kobe.  That is all I want to do.

Thank you for your talent, your words of wisdom and for showing the world your aloha spirit.

Rest in peace and Aloha blessings to you all.

Live, Love and Lead with Aloha!

In case you wanted to learn more about The Cardiff Kook, please read this excerpt of an article by Katie Dillon of

"Have you ever wondered what the story behind the Cardiff Kook is? He has a website and a calendar as well as the namesake of a popular 5K run and occasionally dressed up in various costumes.  But, some are calling for an end to his shenanigans. Let’s shed some light on this fun-yet-controversial 16′ bronze statue that was erected on Pacific Coast Highway (near the San Elijo Beach Campground) in 2007 to less-than-stellar fanfare.

Magic Carpet Ride is the statue’s official name. The Cardiff Botanical Society raised $92,000 and commissioned an artist named Matthew Antichevich, an Encinitas surfer and a teacher at Mount San Jacinto College. Approximately $30,000 of installation costs were contributed by the city of Encinitas and the base of the statue has plaques to commemorate large donors.

Kook is a slang term for a wannabe surfer and though the statue was intended as a tribute to local surf culture, its form has been deemed… wrong. Professional surfers argue that his wrists are too limp, arms extend oddly and the wave is too wimpy. So, poor Magic Carpet Ride’s poor technique—he’s supposed to be performing a “backside floater”—resulted in locals labeling him the Cardiff Kook.

But here’s the thing—he WAS supposed to be riding an epic wave, but the Cardiff Botanical Society ran out of money so actual surf was deleted from the design. And, Antichevich says it was difficult to get the body positioning right from 16′ in the air while working on the statue."

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