Surfing Will (Probably) Be California's New Official State Sport

August 06, 2018

Capital Public Radio
By Ben Bradford

Alaska has dog-mushing, Minnesota has hockey and Maryland has jousting. And now California is poised to have surfing as its official state sport.

Returning after a month-long break, the state Assembly passed a measure on Monday that would list surfing as the state sport.

The bill sailed through its final vote with no discussion, unlike last month when senators debated whose district could best claim the sport.

“Santa Cruz, sometimes referred to as the surfing capital of the world,” said Sen. Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz) to coughs from his colleagues.

“You may have the best beach, the best surfing spot, but the best competition of all is the Mavericks, in Half Moon Bay,” said Sen. Jerry Hill (D-Half Moon Bay).

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