Get ready to ride some waves! In August, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that made surfing the state’s official sport.

Surfing was already the state sport in Hawaii, where it got its start. But lawmakers in California say the sport is also important to their state. The Golden State is home to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. It also hosts some of the world’s biggest surfing competitions.

“Surfing is the iconic California sport,” says Al Muratsuchi. He is a member of the California State Assembly who helped write the surfing law.  

Every state has official symbols, such as a flag, a flower, or an animal. Like those symbols, sports are chosen to celebrate a state’s history.