Travel Blog

August 21, 2018

Surfing is Now California’s Official Sport

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

Photos by Dave “Nelly” Nelson