Gidget, The Original Surfer Girl!

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Sandra Dee In 'Gidget' Sandra Dee surrounded by adoring men on beach in a scene from the film 'Gidget', 1959. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

Sandra Dee captivated audiences, in the 1959 beach movie, “Gidget.”  Gidget was a California girl that rode the waves long before it was acceptable for girls to surf. Surfing was thought to be a guy’s sport. The character of Gidget was adapted from Frederick Kohner’s 1950’s novel about a Southern California (So-Cal) girl named, Gidget, who hit the beach and became fascinated with surfing. Somehow, she convinced the boys to teach her how to surf and she quickly caught on.