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Surf Bros Propose Mt. Rushmore-Style Tribute To Paul Walker On San Clemente Cliffs
It has been five long months since San Clemente, California heard from Chad Kroeger and Bodhi Johnson. In March, the two "freelance journalists" petitioned the San Clemente City Council to erect a 12-foot statue of the late actor Paul Walker on the city's pier.
"It's in times like these we need a unifying figure we can all turn to, a beacon of headlights that can guide us down the dusty road," Kroeger (whose real name is Tom Allen), said at the time. "...We need Paul Walker. That is why I'm proposing that the city erect a 12-foot tall steel statue of Paul Walker on the pier."
Paul Walker, of course, starred in The Fast And The Furious, Meet The Deedles, and Into The Blue, before dying in a car crash in 2013 at the age of 40. His 12-foot statue was never erected in San Clemente, but Kroeger isn't giving up.
On Tuesday night, he returned to the city council joined by his bro JT. The two upped the plea, calling on the city to carve Walker's face into the cliffs of the beachside community, á la Mount Rushmore.
“Unfortunately division in our country has gotten worse since we last spoke,” Kroeger told the City Council Tuesday, reports CBS LA. “The division made me bummed and I was worried I was going to stay bummed. What little bit of stoke I had in me made me watch the first drag race from ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and my stoke meter filled right back up.”
“One of the Dakotas has Mount Rushmore, we could have Mount Paul Walker,” Kroeger's dude J.T. Parr added. “We really feel he could be a uniting force for the community.”
Was the San Clemente City Council in on the joke? They listened to, and laughed along with, the impassioned speeches seen in the video below.
Earlier this summer, in a nod to Kroeger and Johnson's original appearance, City Councilman Tim Brown unveiled a one-foot tall statue of Walker to keep away sharks that began plaguing the city's beaches in April.
“For anyone in San Clemente that is struggling,” Brown told the Orange County Register, “I am going to leave this up in City Hall. Anyone who is struggling and needs a little inspiration can come up and hang out with Mr. Paul Walker."