The City of San Diego wanted it removed, claiming it was dangerous among various other reasons. Apparently some of the surfing locals staged a 'Save Hot Curl' protest which attracted nationwide attention. The 1964 clipping below was found in an online edition of Feb/Mar Ocean magazine 2010 in which the artist, Michael Dormer speaks about the incident. You can read more here."In 1963, Mike Dormer and Lee Teacher built a six foot, 400 pound concrete statue out of cement, iron, a mop, a light bulb, and a beer can. They dubbed their creation "Hot Curl". The statue mysteriously appeared on the rocks over Windnsea beach in La Jolla, holding a beer in one hand while gazing out over the ocean in search of the perfect wave" (Taken from MichaelDormer.com).
Newspaper clipping from 1964 about the Hot Curl Statue found in Ocean Magazine
Hot Curl went on to feature in the 1964 movie, Muscle Beach Party as well as appearing in subsequent title, Beach Blanket Bingo (which I posted about here) where I first came across the character on Bonehead's shirt.
|Hot Curl shirt worn by Bonehead in Beach Blanket Bingo|