TORRANCE, Calif. — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Joint Author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) announced Jan. 17 the introduction of AB 1782, a bill that will establish surfing as California’s state sport. Surfing is an iconic California sport that brings in significant economic activity to the state each year; the state is home to several surfing museums, including the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.
Both assemblymembers are avid surfers who have spent much time surfing in the waters off the coast of Southern California.
“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing — riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State. Surfing in California has a rich history and culture. The surfing lifestyle attracts people from all around the world and generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales,” said Muratsuchi. “Surfing is an iconic California sport and an important part of the multibillion-dollar California coastal economy, particularly in the tourism and recreation industries. … I am proud to introduce a bill that would make surfing California’s official sport.”