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Surf Is California’s Official Sport

Surf na Califórnia

Recently I’ve done a blog post about the best surf spots in California. After all, those waves are some of the most iconic in the world. So, it wasn’t a surprise when the Californian state government decided to established surf as it’s official sport.

I grew up and live in Portugal, and here football is king. And although I spent plenty of hours playing football when I was younger (I was a goalkeeper!), it was surfing that took me off the soccer field and into the ocean. So, my sincere applause to California for that decision!

Surfing is California’s Soul

The law issued at the end of August recognizes that surf has its origins in Polynesia and it was imported to California from sister-state Hawaii. But that didn’t stop Californians making this sport their own and part of the state history.

Tree Hawaiians were the first to surf in California. It was the summer of 1885 in Santa Cruz. After that, many were the moments that linked this sport to the west coast of the United States. From the Gidget and Endless Summer movies to the “good vibrations” of the Beach Boys songs, Jack O’Neill’s wetsuit creation and Mavericks bravery stories.

133 years now claimed and applauded. Officially.

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Marlene Marques

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.




  • Haley

    I’ve never tried surfing before but my boyfriend sure loves it. I think I might try it one day with him.

  • Megan

    There’s nothing more fun to me that going surfing every Sunday morning.

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