The original "Gidget" film, starring Sandra Dee, James Darren, and Cliff Robertson, is about a teenage girl who falls in love with surfing against the inclinations of her friends and the reservations of the all-male surf crowd.

"Gidget" is a 1959 American film directed by Paul Wendkos.

It's based on a 1957 novel titled "Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas" by Frederick Kohner.

The story revolves around a teenage girl named Frances "Gidget" Lawrence and her adventures and misadventures during a summer in which she learns to surf and falls in love with the sport, as well as with a young surfer named Moondoggie.

The character of Gidget was reportedly based on the real-life experiences of Kohner's daughter, Kathy, and her immersion into the Malibu beach surf culture of the mid-1950s.

The success of the "Gidget" film led to several sequels and a television series, making the character a cultural icon of the late 1950s and 1960s.

It is also credited with popularizing surfing and the California beach culture during this era.

Sandra Dee famously portrayed Gidget in the original film, and the character was later played by other actresses in subsequent adaptations.

Though it led to the saturation of the film industry with beach movies in the 1960s, the movie still stands out because of its innocence and beautiful scenery.

The theme song is also catchy.