Or, according to the Fresno ABC affiliate: “The proposal inspired a gnarly debate on the floor of the California State Assembly. “I’ve got to stand in opposition as a proud inland skateboarder,” said Assemblyman Devon Mathis, Republican from Visalia, a town about 15 minutes from Slater’s wave pool, who voted no. “The true heritage of our state is skateboarding. “Skateboarding was inspired by surfing,” responded Muratsuchi, in a thundering tirade. “Skateboarding is…on land surfing,” he adroitly finished.
Having solved climate change legislation, written a comprehensive and fair tax policy, establishing a definitive answer to terrorist threats, addressed the rise of gas prices, and eliminated the scourge of school shootings, the California State Assembly yesterday took up the very important issue of whether or not surfing should be Calfornia’s official state sport, debating a bill sponsored by Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance.
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