On Monday, Jerry Brown, with the simple stroke of a pen, forever enshrined surfing as California’s state sport, joining the state tree (redwood), state bird (quail), state fish (golden trout), even the official state folk dance (the square dance).

“No other sport represents the California Dream better than surfing — riding the waves of opportunity and living in harmony with nature,” said Al Muratsuchi, member of the state assembly and author of the law declaring surfing is the highest sport in the land.

The bill gives a hat tip to Hawaii as the birthplace of surfing, but points out that California really took that ball and ran with it, becoming the pulsing center of the surf industry in the USA, and that we here in the Golden State revolutionized pretty much every aspect of the modern surf world. (Hawaii, by the way, also recognizes surfing as a state sport.) This includes everything from surf forecasting to the invention of the wetsuit. The bill also brags a bit about the staggering $ 1.15 trillion California’s coast and beaches are worth to the state.

The left coast is the best coast, in other words.

Language in the bill, AB 1782, also acknowledges the role sustainability is playing in the surf industry now, and, hopefully, in the future.

Michael Stewart, of Sustainable Surf, who helped craft some of the bill’s language, had this to say about what the bill actually accomplishes for the surf community: