Recently I’ve done a blog post about the best surf spots in California. After all, those waves are some of the most iconic in the world. So, it wasn’t a surprise when the Californian state government decided to established surf as it’s official sport.
I grew up and live in Portugal, and here football is king. And although I spent plenty of hours playing football when I was younger (I was a goalkeeper!), it was surfing that took me off the soccer field and into the ocean. So, my sincere applause to California for that decision!
Surfing is California's Soul
The law issued at the end of August recognizes that surf has its origins in Polynesia and it was imported to California from sister-state Hawaii. But that didn’t stop Californians making this sport their own and part of the state history.
Tree Hawaiians were the first to surf in California. It was the summer of 1885 in Santa Cruz. After that, many were the moments that linked this sport to the west coast of the United States. From the Gidget and Endless Summer movies to the “good vibrations” of the Beach Boys songs, Jack O’Neill’s wetsuit creation and Mavericks bravery stories.
133 years now claimed and applauded. Officially.