Surfs up in California. Officially.
Surfing has been considered one of California’s past times but now, it’s the state’s official sport. Californians on the Central Coast know how to embrace surfing, riding the waves of opportunity and living in harmony with nature.
The state’s 1,100 miles of coastline is home to world famous surf breaks and The Rock in Morro Bay is home to nearly 30 student-athletes part of the Morro Bay High School Surf Team.
“It really feels good to be providing something that makes them feel included and that they love doing anyway, but now it’s connected to the school,” said Danny Fahy, Morro Bay faculty adviser.
“I think it’s a really good program to help kids out,” said Hayden Davis, a Morro Bay freshman surfer on the team. “It’s really nice that everybody is accepted, even if you’re a beginner or experienced, everyone can come out and have good time.”
The surfers are coached by volunteer coaches Jeff Jaquay and Josh Beckett and are part of the Division 1 Scholastic Surf Series. In its three years of existence, the team has either placed first or second in the division.
This year is set to be an important one, the team is officially a Morro Bay High School club team after working out some logistical kinks.
“It’s been kind of a long process but we’re finally here and we have a full team,” said Nick Murphy, a Morro Bay senior surfer on the team. “It’s great to be able to get out in the water with all my friends and be coordinated through the school”
There’s also two competitions added to San Luis Obispo County, one in Morro Bay on October 21 and one on November 4 at the Pismo Pier.
The Morro Bay High School Surf Team is also holding a fundraiser at Pizza Port on Sunday, September 30 at 4-8 p.m.