Politics of Surfing: Environmentalism and Feminism Among California’s Waves

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“California’s oceans, waves and beaches are about to become a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of the California State Legislature this week!” the environmental surfing advocacy group, Surfrider Foundation, recently declared. On August 29, 2014, the California legislature overwhelmingly approved a statewide ban on single use plastic shopping bags and imposed a $.10 fee for their paper counterparts. Over the past six years several iterations of similar bills had come and gone, each unsuccessful in its attempt to gain passage. However this year’s version, SB 270, authored by three Los Angeles area state senators — Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) — found broad support. With 100 cities and counties across the state enforcing similar bans already, as state senator and member of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee Mark Leno stated, the law’s “time has come.”

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