Photo of Kathy Kohner in Malibu, California. (1957)

As a teenager in the mid 50s, Kathy spent several summers surfing near the Malibu pier with a group of young surfers who dubbed her "Gidget," meaning "girl midget."  Kathy conveyed many of her experineces on the beach to her father, who, in 1957 went on to write the landmark novel "Gidget."  The novel spawned a series of movies and TV shows for Columbia and Gidget became an American icon.

Kathy Kohner is widely recognized as a pioneering female surfer and an inspiration to generations of surfer girls worldwide.