In-N-Out burgers, traffic jams, and shreddin’ ‘gnar… that’s what California does, baby. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he signed a bill making surfing the official “sports” of California.
There’s nothing too far-out about this move: Cali has been the sport’s spiritual home since it migrated east after becoming a popular pastime with GIs stationed in Hawaii. ;
The state’s newly-minted status for the sport also means we get to see a total moment of chill California zen, with an elected public official telling the AP he is “stoked” –
“I am stoked that surfing is now California’s official sport. No other sport represents the California Dream better than surfing — riding the waves of opportunity and living in harmony with nature,” avid surfer and Democratic state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi of Torrance said in a statement.
The state’s 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of coastline are home to a number of world-famous surf breaks, and California hosts the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, the International Surfing Museum, and the California Surf Museum. It’s also the site of the International Surf Festival, the U.S. Open of Surfing, the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest and the Founders’ Cup of Surfing.
Hell yea. Me too, Al. In fact, this is news is so sick that I just watched my all-time favorite movie, Orange County on a cross-country flight. Now I’m watching surfers rip tubes on YouTube for the last hour. Hella sick.
The recent swells at The Wedge in Newport Beach are particularly radass.
Can’t wait to get back to those tasty waves. See ya in El Porto, Bros