California Announces New State Sport... Surfing! By Ben Bradford • Aug 7, 2018 ShareTweetEmail California's State Legislature is back after a month-long break. Lawmakers kicked off by approving a new "State Sport." Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has the story. Credit Flickr.com Listen Listening... / 0:54 ShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread. Related Content A Near Miss For A Surfer In South Africa By editor • Jul 20, 2015 Mick Fanning had no idea he'd be going head-to-head with a shark Sunday in a South African surfing contest. Video shows Fanning paddling out when a fin surfaces behind him. There's a tug, and he falls into the swirling water scrambling for his board. Luckily, the shark only bit off the board's leash, which was tied to Fanning's ankle. Fanning told reporters: "I just saw fins. I was waiting for teeth, and I punched the shark in the back."