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Should surfing be California’s official state sport?




Surfers work the Pacific Ocean waves just off the beach in Marina del Rey, California.
Surfers work the Pacific Ocean waves just off the beach in Marina del Rey, California.
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We’ve got the golden poppy and the redwood, but one Assemblymember is looking to establish an official sport for the Golden State.

Assembly Bill 1782, introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), cites California’s many famous surf spots, events, museums and its long stretch of tourism-generation coastline as reasons that that catching a wave should be codified as our sport.

Some have bristled at the idea, saying that surfing isn’t emblematic of California’s diversity and that it’s a sport available to only a certain demographic and geographic slice of the population.

Do you think surfing should be our official state sport? If not, what would be your choice?

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Al Muratsuchi, democratic Assemblymember representing California 66th district, which encompasses the South Bay of Los Angeles County; he is the author of Assembly Bill 1782

Bill Davis
, founding president of Southern California Public Radio