COWABUNGA sign is by renowned artist Larry Grossman. COWABUNGA held its origins in the nonsense word “kawabonga”, originating from the ancient Native American exclamation Kwa Bungu. Its more modern incarnation was in the The Howdy Doody Show, a children’s TV show that ran in the USA from 1947-56. Chief Thunderthud, a character on the show, started every sentence with the nonsense word “kawabonga”. During the 50s/60s surfers adopted “kawabonga!” as a declaration of enthusiasm, changing the pronunciation slightly to “cowabunga!”. It was reintroduced to the entertainment world via a 1965 Peanuts cartoon in which Snoopy uses the word whilst surfing, and surfer movies of the time. It has since been used by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and as a tagline for the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch. The Cookie Monster uses “Kowabunga” to illustrate the letter K on Sesame Street. The word COWABUNGA is used by Bart Simpson while skateboarding.
- Size approx - 12 x 15 ins (30 x 38cm)
- Made from durable and long lasting high quality tin.
- Can be hung inside or outside.
- Has pre-drilled so ready to hang.
- Looks very nice framed.