- 19 June 2012 | Surfing
The California State Assembly passed House Resolution No. 30, which recognizes International Surfing Day as a way to celebrate California's surfing heritage and raise awareness about the need to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
Assembly member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) who is an avid surfer introduced the resolution to commemorate the 8th annual celebration of International Surfing Day on June 20th. The sport served as a key bonding activity with his father, an author of surf history, Malcolm Gault-Williams.
"I'd wake up, go surfing to start the day, take my shower at the beach showers and then step into society", said Assemblymember Das Williams.
"At that time in my life is when I began to see the beach and our beautiful coastline as the great equalizer in the community - we can all enjoy it. That helped sure up my passion to fight to protect that equalizer".
"International Surfing Day is a wonderful opportunity for California residents and visitors to celebrate the sport of surfing and also to learn about issues affecting our coastal environments and some of the state's most iconic surf spots," said Jim Moriarty, Surfrider Foundation's CEO.
"We are extremely excited that Assembly member Das Williams introduced House Resolution 30, and that the Assembly supports this resolution commemorating International Surfing Day and celebrating California's surfing heritage".
Activities and industries associated with California’s beaches and coastal areas generate $1.15 trillion in economic activity annually. The United States has approximately 3.3 million surfers, who spend between $1.9 and $3.3 billion a year on local surf trips.