Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Joint Author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon announce bill establishing surfing as official California sport

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Joint Author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), today announced the introduction of AB 1782, a bill which will establish surfing as California’s state sport.  California is an iconic California sport that brings in significant economic activity to the state each year.  The state is home to several surfing museums, including the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.

Both Assemblymembers are avid surfers who have spent much time surfing in the waters off the coast of Southern California. 

“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing -- riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State.  Surfing in California has a rich history and culture.  The surfing lifestyle attracts people from all around the world and generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales.  Surfing is an iconic California sport and an important part of the multibillion dollar California coastal economy, particularly in the tourism and recreation industries.  For these reasons, I am proud to introduce a bill that would make surfing California’s official sport,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

“I’m proud to join Assemblymember Muratsuchi in designating surfing as our state sport,” stated Majority Leader Ian Calderon. “Growing up surfing not only had a significant impact on who I am as a person, but also taught me at a young age to appreciate and cherish our beautiful coastline that we are so fortunate to have here in California, “ said Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier).

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi represents California’s 66th Assembly District, which includes El Camino Village, Gardena, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and West Carson.  He serves as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.  Muratsuchi is a member of the Assembly Committees on Budget, Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Natural Resources, Utilities and Energy, and Veterans Affairs.