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Surf monkey on endangered list

Updated: July 31, 2011, 9:28 PM ET
By Kimball Taylor

Once upon a time, in the little border pueblo of Tijuana at the frontier of Baja California Norte and Alta California, an unknown artisan experienced a flash of genius and soon gave unto the world the once exotic, now iconic, plaster-of-Paris "Tijuana surf monkey." Standing 12 inches tall, wearing a striped short-john, standing akimbo on his scooped-nose board and offering a look like, well, he's getting totally shacked.

The surf monkey held the top slot among all the borderline ...

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