International Surfing Day 2012
Unless you are among the fortunate/hardworking 1% of surfers who get paid to ride waves, working out excuses/strategies to get out there – given jobs, family, obligations, etc – takes almost as much time as getting to the beach. This isn’t true on June 20th, the 8th annual International Surfing Day. This is a day when you need an excuse NOT to go surfing; it’s now California law.
The Surfrider Foundation just declared that the California State Assembly passed House Resolution No. 30; a resolution that acknowledges International Surfing Day as a way to “celebrate California’s surfing heritage and increase awareness in the need to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.”
Assembly member Das Williams, an enthusiastic surfer, brought out the resolution to commemorate the 8th annual celebration of International Surfing Day on June 20th. The sport functioned 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 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.
So no excuses, grab your board, take to the ocean and enjoy!