Surfing Might Become The Official Sport Of California

A couple lawmakers have proposed that surfing be officially named as California’s State Sport, and they’ve got a lot of argument to back it up.

By nowproducerdave on January 23, 2018
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The stereotype has been around for a while, and you’ve probably encountered it when you travel out of state. People ask where you’re from, and you say “California,” and their response is something like “oh, how often do you go surfing?” Well, now surfing is in the works to become the official sport. As if everyone else in the country doesn’t already think we have a surfing problem.

Ok, ok, we do have the Mavericks surfing competition, and those California Tourism videos from a couple years ago didn’t help things either..

Ok, we’re being a little facetious. It’s actually good news, and makes sense. Anyway, proposed to go onto the official “Symbols Board” right next to the Redwood, Grizzly Bear, Denim, Poppy, and Augustynolophus morrisi, surfing might become the official state sport. A couple lawmakers are fighting to get that approved in Assembly Bill 1782. They’re saying “Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing—riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State.”

To defend their desire to get this approved, surfing is apparently a $6 billion industry (annually) for the state. Mavericks certainly helps that, and the two lawmakers are also “avid surfers” themselves. In addition, Cal Poly actually made the list of “best schools for surfers” too! There’s a lot to surf here in California, so recognizing surfing as the official sport of our state isn’t so bad.

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