by Michelle Michalak September 04, 2018

Just when you thought California couldn't become more cool, it does.  

On August 20, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1782 into law, designating surfing as California’s official state sport. 

It's undeniable, surfing and California go hand in hand, it's deeply engrained in the history and the culture of the state.

"We said yes, on the condition that the official bill language had to include messaging about how: surfing first came to California from Hawaii as an import, and that surfing’s original home had to be recognized, how California had been driving innovations in technology since its arrival from Hawaii (including surf forecasting), that California-based surfboard brands are now driving sustainable production practices that are having impact globally, that surfing around clean beaches/water has had a very positive economic benefit to California, and perhaps most importantly that conservation of our ocean resources is a core value within surfing culture, and that that aligns with the environmental goals of the State,” Stewart  co-founder of the non-profit Sustainable Surf

Slyde Handboards is stoked to call California home, and we intent to as a community, to continue to help mold and shape the future of ocean sports and conservation.

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Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.


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