California Assembly Recognizes International Surfing Day

California Assembly Recognizes International Surfing Day

June 20 is now officially recognized by California as International Surfing Day. The Surfrider Foundation announced the passing of House Resolution No. 19 in the California State Assembly.

The holiday is a day for surfers and non-surfers alike to celebrate the sport.

Beach lovers from all over the country were brought together over Instagram this past International Surfing Day with the hashtag #ISD. Thousands of people, ranging from beginners to Kelly Slater, uploaded photos of how they celebrated. Quiksilver even put up personalized “doctor’s notes” to encourage people to skip out on work and get out in the water.

The Surfrider Foundation is excited about California’s official acceptance of the holiday.

Check out the full release here:

San Clemente, CA (June 24, 2013) – In celebration of International Surfing Day, which took place on Thursday, June 20th, the Surfrider Foundation announced today that the California State Assembly passed House Resolution No. 19 with 49 co-authors to recognize 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.

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) who is an avid surfer introduced the resolution today to commemorate the 9th annual celebration of International Surfing Day on June 20th.  Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), collectively known as the “surf caucus” immediately signed on to HR 19 as co-authors.

“The ocean and our coastline are treasures that we all share equally, regardless of our socioeconomic status,” said Assemblyman Das Williams. “Even though I grew up poor, I was able to learn to surf, and enjoy the ocean and I feel very blessed by that. I learned early in life that it is a sacred responsibility to protect the ocean.”

“We are thrilled to have California recognize June 20th as International Surfing Day thanks to the support from Mr. Williams and Assemblymembers Muratsuchi, Calderon and Allen,” says Laura Lee, Surfrider Foundation Director of Marketing & Communications.  “This ‘surfers holiday’ provides an amazing opportunity for California residents and visitors alike to celebrate surfing and our oceans, while learning what they can do to help ensure California’s coastlines are protected for future generations.”

To read the full resolution and view all the events that took place on International Surfing Day, visit www.intlsurfingday.com.