Skateboarding Should Be The Official Sport, Not Surfing


In California's Assembly, there is an informal group of politicians called the “surf caucus.” The group consists of people who have their faith in surfing. One of its members, an Assemblyman by the name of Al Muratuschi, has proposed a bill to make surfing into California's official sport. The bill, Assembly Bill 1782, is on its way to becoming a reality.

There are a lot of reasons for why skateboarding, as opposed to surfing, should be considered California's official sport. First off, studies suggest that a noticeably larger amount of people in California skateboard than surf. The LA84 Foundation came out with a recent study suggesting that about one in ten kids in Los Angeles, ages 6 to 17, know how to skate. According to a study by IASC, there are about 6.2 million skateboarders around the United States. This contrasts with that company's figure of 1.7 million for surfers, sailboarders and windsurfers. The figure may be even less than 1.7 million when you factor out tourism.

There are a lot of good reasons for why skateboarding is more popular and should be considered as California's “official sport.” First off, surfing was invented in Hawaii, and skateboarding was invented in California. So, it stands to reason that a popular sport invented in California should reign supreme. The first recorded event of a person surfing in America happened in the 1880s. Throughout the early 20th century, surfing was promoted in California, and people hopped onto the bandwagon. In the 1940s or 1950s, surfers started to attach wheels onto their surfboards—hence the beginning of skateboarding.

It makes sense that skateboarding is more popular because it is a cheap and easily accessible activity. To skateboard, all you need is smooth pavement, a skateboard, a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. A skateboard setup can cost around $100.00. To surf, you need to be near water and have the conditions of the water be just right. You also have to invest more money into the activity. Wetsuits and gear can easily turn surfing into a $1000.00 activity. Over the years, organizations like the Tony Hawk Foundation have made it a point to build skate parks in neighborhoods.

Interestingly, skateboarding and surfing are scheduled to make their first Olympic appearances in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

California has made many contributions in the realm of surfing, including famous surfers, a surfing industry that is worth billions of dollars, the wetsuit and methods of wave forecasting. However, it has not given birth to surfing.