Hawaii is to become the first US state to offer surfing as an official secondary school competition sport.
Surfers from Hawaii's 46 state high schools will be able to represent their schools in competitions by spring 2013.
The plan is being privately funded, with $50,000 (£37,000) of the $150,000 cost of the first year secured so far.
Governor Neil Abercrombie said the Pacific islands state was surfing's "birthplace". "The sport is rooted in our culture and way of life," he said.
"It's quite clear, when you think of Hawaii, you think of surfing."