Dude, Check Out California's New State Sport

Surfing is officially sanctioned
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2018 10:20 AM CDT
California Now Has an Official State Sport
In this 1961 file photo, surfers upload their surfboards from a station wagon at Malibu Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo, File)

Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport, per the AP. Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be "an iconic California sport"—though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii. Still, it says Californians have embraced surfing and made important contributions to the modern sport. The state's 1,100 miles of coastline are home to a number of world-famous surf breaks and competitions, and California hosts the Surfers' Hall of Fame, the International Surfing Museum, and the California Surf Museum. And, of course, native sons the Beach Boys have had hits with songs like "Surfin' USA," ''Surfer Girl," and "Surfin' Safari." (More California stories.)

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