Surf's Up in the Golden State!
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Let's go surfin' now. Everybody's learning how. Come on and safari with me.
This classic surf song by The Beach Boys might as well be California's theme song this month since the state proclaimed September 20th as California Surfing Day.
In a nod to surfing and the impact it's had up and down California's coast, helping to create the beach culture that's enjoyed and envied by millions, the state legislature unanimously passed State Senator Janet Nguyen's resolution to designate an official day to celebrate and honor the sport.
Diana Dehm, director of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, was on hand for the resolution's public announcement in Huntington Beach (Surf City USA) and described it as celebrating "the heart and soul of the surfing lifestyle."
Nguyen said, "Since surfing was brought to the California coast in the 19th century, the sport has transcended beyond the ocean, to impact our language, music, fashion and art. Surfing is a part of the social economic and coastal fabric of our state." She added that the surf industry - much of it based in California - generates over $6 billion in annual US retail sales.
Home to countless surf brands, including Vans, Quiksilver, Volcom, Roxxy, Katin, Hurley, Hobie, and Harbour, and competitions from the big-wave Mavericks contest in Half Moon Bay to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California is a surfer's dream.
So, what are you waiting for? Surf's up in the Golden State!
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