It’s totally official! Surfing is California’s official sport, thanks to legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Not only was the sport introduced in Santa Cruz in 1885 by Hawaiian royalty, wetsuit pioneer and local legend Jack O’Neill helped put the sport on the map with his innovative designs. AB1782 even name-checks Steamer Lane as a world-class surf break. Now wave-riding joins – among other things – the golden poppy as the official state flower and the California redwood as the official state tree.
Explore Santa Cruz Surf
- Want to hop on a board your next visit? Check out lessons, rentals, and more!
- Get Stoked on Santa Cruz Surf Culture: See how it all began in 1885 with 3 Hawaiian princes and how surfing has shaped Santa Cruz for over 130 years.
- Pay tribute to the surf pioneer and legend, Jack O’Neill.
- Would you rather just sit back and watch the surf show? Check out the Top 5 Spots to Watch Surfers in Santa Cruz County.
- Share the stoke and check out Visit California’s blog about this new legislation – complete with comments from Visit Santa Cruz Communication Director, Christina Glynn.
Photos by Dave “Nelly” Nelson