“On Monday, August 20, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1782 into law, designating surfing as California’s official state sport. The text of the legislation highlights the state of California’s contributions to surf history and culture, the state’s immense coastline peppered with world-famous waves from Trestles to Maverick’s to Rincon, and the role of the state as the center of the surf industry – particularly surfboard building.
The bill (now law) also promotes the state of California as a leader in the push for a more sustainable future. ‘California’s surfing culture is taking a national and global leadership role in promoting sustainability as a core value, while also placing a high value on environmental protection and stewardship, in order to preserve the ocean, waves, coastline, and wildlife that make the state such a unique place to surf, live, and visit,’ reads the bill.
According to Michael Stewart, co-founder of the non-profit @sustainsurf who helped craft the official language of the bill, Assemblyman Muratsuchi approached him last year with the idea, he was immediately onboard with a few caveats. ‘We said yes, on the condition that the official bill language had to include messaging about how: surfing first came to California from Hawaii as an import, and that surfing’s original home had to be recognized, how California had been driving innovations in technology since its arrival from Hawaii (including surf forecasting), that California-based surfboard brands are now driving sustainable production practices that are having impact globally, that surfing around clean beaches/water has had a very positive economic benefit to California, and perhaps most importantly that conservation of our ocean resources is a core value within surfing culture, and that that aligns with the environmental goals of the State,’ Stewart told The Inertia in an email.” - The Inertia’s Dylan Heyden (@hey_dylan)
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