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'Stop, Drop and Surf': It's California Surfing Day

'Stop, Drop and Surf': It's California Surfing Day
Luke Guinaldo, 13, of Huntington Beach, gets a tube ride after the blessing of the surfers during the first-ever California Surfing Day celebration at the Huntington Beach pier. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Last month, California made surfing the state’s official sport. So it’s only reasonable there would be a California Surfing Day. “Stop, Drop and Surf” is the campaign promo and Senate Concurrent Resolution 122 is the official resolution that was introduced in the state Legislature earlier this year by state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove). Here are some shots from along the SoCal coast, and one from the Central Valley — yes, surfing in the Central Valley.

The Wedge

Newport Beach
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A surfer wipes out while riding a big wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach in June.

The Wedge
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A surfer and a body boarder collide at the Wedge in Newport Beach in June.

Lemoore

Lemoore, Calif.
Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Kelly Slater, who is an 11-time World Surf League men's champion, throws spray as he turns off the top of a wave during practice with Team U.S.A. at his Surf Ranch in May. The Surf Ranch facility, located in Lemoore in the Central Valley, boasts the best man-made wave in history — a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach
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Chris Mansor goes airborne off a wave as the super blue blood moon eclipse sets over the Huntington Beach Pier in January.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
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A surfer rides a wave at Crystal Cove State Park's Moro Beach in June.

Malibu

Malibu
Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Sun sparkles off the ocean as a surfer rides a wave at Surfrider Beach in Malibu in July.

Venice

Venice Beach
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

With plenty of sunshine but few waves, surfer Aria Zane calls it quits at Venice Beach in December.

Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach
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A surfer in Redondo Beach walks past the setting sun in February.

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