It’s Official! Surfing is California’s State Sport!

Surfer's Point, Ventura, by Maya Sacks

by Fiorella Calderoni

On Monday, August 21, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that officially makes surfing California’s sport!

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It’s not exactly a surprise; Surfing towns, vibes, dudes, and competitions have long been part of California’s image.

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California has 1,100 miles of pristine coastline, perfect for surfing.

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Surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii.

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Since then, California has revolutionized the sport.

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Surf forecasting and the neoprene wetsuit were both invented in California.

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It’s estimated that surfing brings California over $6 billion in annual retail sales.

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“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.

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Inspired to give it a shot? Check out our Guide to Surfing in Ventura.

Top image by Maya Sacks.

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