All-purpose exclamation of stoke and enthusiasm, popular among surfers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Chief Thunderthud, a character on NBC's popular children's program The Howdy Doody Show, used the made-up expression "kowabonga" to voice frustration or surprise. The world was an instant hit with its young studio audience. As Howdy Doody star Buffalo Bob Smith later recalled, "[actor] Bill Lecorne...
Chief Thunderthud, from the Howdy Doody ShowSubscribe to view
Snoopy, 1965Subscribe to view
CD from 1995's "Cowabunga! The Box Set"Subscribe to view
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Murphy, created by surf cartoonist Rick Griffin in the early '60sSubscribe to view
Jan and Dean, 1964Subscribe to view
Chief Thunderthud, from the Howdy Doody Show
CD from 1995's "Cowabunga! The Box Set"
Murphy, created by surf cartoonist Rick Griffin in the early '60s
Jan and Dean, 1964