by Fiorella Calderoni
On Monday, August 21, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that officially makes surfing California’s sport!
It’s not exactly a surprise; Surfing towns, vibes, dudes, and competitions have long been part of California’s image.
California has 1,100 miles of pristine coastline, perfect for surfing.
Surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii.
Since then, California has revolutionized the sport.
Surf forecasting and the neoprene wetsuit were both invented in California.
It’s estimated that surfing brings California over $6 billion in annual retail sales.
“No other sport represents the California Dream better than surfing — riding the waves of opportunity and living in harmony with nature,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi who originally introduced the bill.
Inspired to give it a shot? Check out our Guide to Surfing in Ventura.
Top image by Maya Sacks.