Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story

"Accidental Icon: Real Gidget Story," tells the story behind the world-famous book and film franchise that brought surfing to the masses.

In the summer of 1956, Los Angeles teenager Kathy Kohner discovered Malibu, boys, and surfing.

She had so much fun with Malibu surfing locals who sported handles likes Kahuna, Moondoggie, and Tubesteak that she wrote it all down in her diary and showed it to her father, screenwriter Frederick Kohner.

Surf legends and present-day "surfer girls" set the stage and take the Gidget story full circle.

Prominent actors and directors, many of whom brought Gidget to the big and small screen, provide an often enlightening behind-the-scenes perspective.

The rest is history, with the book becoming a bestseller and inspiring a string of movies and TV series that spanned more than 30 years.