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Oct 11, 2012 2:19 AM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Getting to know the real Gidget

The Central Coast is a popular surf spot and Wednesday night the community had a chance to learn more about the sport's roots.

The original Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman and surfing pioneer Linda Benson were at the Fremont theater in San Luis Obispo to share their experiences paving the way for women in surfing.

The event featured a screening of the documentary Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, which profiled Zuckerman's rise to fame.

Gidget was the main character in a series of books and movies dating back to the 1950s.

"Before then, not that many women surfed and maybe they thought they couldn't surf or they shouldn't surf, and all of a sudden, women were surfing, and guys were falling in love with Gidget," said filmmaker Brian Gillogy.

The documentary began at 7:30 p.m. and was free, but a donation to the Women's Legacy Fund was suggested.

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