Grateful for you all!
You know, the one you stuck in the garage when you first started dating. The one that somehow disappeared and you have no idea what could have possibly happened to it.
And you might even fall in love with this little guy too! It’s time:
The world renowned research team here at Surf Monkey Fellowship has uncovered this historical photo of Frida Kahlo with what appears to be her beloved pet Surf Monkey. Prior to this discovery, it was believed that the Tijuana Surf Monkey originated in the Tijuana Border Regions somewhere in the late 60’s, early 70’s.
The discovery of this photo puts all that into question. Could the Surf Monkey have been in Mexico City in the 1930’s!
From the self-portrait below, we are unable to confirm if the monkey on her left shoulder has a surfboard permanently adheared to it’s feet or not. Further research in needed.
More exciting revelations to follow—
The highly acclaimed research team at Surf Monkey Fellowship has uncovered what might just be the missing link in determining the origin of this remarkable species found almost exclusively in the Tijuana border regions.
This journey of discovery started 30 years ago, when Beth Slevcove, a San Diego surfer, mom, wife, writer, teacher and lover of all things Surf Monkey, first came across a lone plaster-of-paris, chimpanzee permanently affixed to a rather small egg-nosed surf board at the congested border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.
she admits. Her first thought being, “Who would ever buy that tacky thing?” It didn’t take long for her to be hopping out of whatever vehicle she was traveling in to scour the border stalls for as many surf monkeys as she could find. “What are you doing here amidst the ceramic Jesus’, plaster-of-paris pythons, serapes, churros and chicle sellers? she wondered, and “How did you get here?”
Beth loves camping, surfing, visiting old friends and making new ones in Baja. A few years ago when crossing the border after another great trip, Beth noticed that the surf monkeys were few and far between.
In 2010 she launched Surf Monkey Fellowship, a surf company, online store, and community for those who love the surf monkey. She imports the authentic monkey directly from a factory in TJ, has even gotten to help make a surf monkey at the factory (perhaps the only gringo with this honor), and wholesales them along with a full t-shirt line, and surf stickers throughout Southern California and beyond.
With Beth’s help, along with her great team at Surf Monkey Fellowship, and the hundreds upon hundreds of fine folks who have adopted one of these beauties, the surf monkey has established new homelands throughout the country and will thrive well into the future for our children and our children’s children.
[pause provided to wipe away tears of gratitude and relief]
Now that the Tijuana Surf Monkey is, at least for the time being, ‘out of the woods’ as they say in terms of extinction, the fine folks at Surf Monkey Fellowship have put their energies into discovering the origins of this species.
Stay tuned, more to follow—-