Imperial Beach To Install 18-Foot Surfer Statue

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IMPERIAL BEACH – An 18-foot-tall sculpture honoring Imperial Beach’s surf culture will be installed today at a new plaza at the end of Palm Avenue.

The piece, dubbed “The Spirit of Imperial Beach,” honors the birthplace of lifeguards and its surfing history, Port of San Diego officials said.

Funding for the $150,000 sculpture came from the port’s public art program.

The sculpture shows a 7-foot surfer toting a long board. It also includes two children building a sand castle, an homage to the city’s Sand Castle Days event each summer.

The artist is the late A. Wasil, a resident of Coronado who taught art at San Diego State University and San Diego City College.

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