A dark day.
Florida, protruding off the contiguous United States’ southeastern corner, was admitted into the union in 1845, twenty-seventh overall, but has since become number one in terms of questionable decision making.
The list of less-than-sound ideas and practices that flourish in The Sunshine State have become the stuff of legend, none getting as much traction these days as the recently passed Parental Rights in Education, more commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Stand-up Paddleboard” bill.
Signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis just hours ago, teachers are essentially forbidden from chatting about the activities they partake in on weekends with elementary aged schoolchildren whilst in the classroom including, but not limited to, SUPing.
While not a stand-up paddleboarder myself, I very much reserve the right for others to participate and openly discuss what they love about sweeping the sea. Diversity of opinion and activity is what gives our nation its unique strength and I would encourage midlenghters, high performance shortboarders, foilers and boogie boarders to stand with Florida’s SUP community in order to get this disgraceful law off the books.
Who knows when we’ll need SUPers to support our right to rip.
Be better, Florida.