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Hawaiian Presidential Candidate Pulls On 5-Mil In Attempt To Sway California’s Surfer Vote

Stoke report going into Super Tuesday.

news // Mar 3, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Barack Obama was the first President of the United States with actual surf roots, but if Tulsi “Longshot” Gabbard has anything to do about it, he won’t be the last.

With the big Super Tuesday elections coming to the U.S. tomorrow, Gabbard’s trying to sway the all important disenfranchised surfer vote in California. Over the weekend, Gabbard joined the City Surf Project at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, a small surf town south of San Francisco. Pulling on a five-mil and hood, the congresswoman from Hawaii got down with the organization’s surf therapy mission, pushing kids into waves and spending time on the sand with them. 

“[It] was exactly what Democratic legislators hoped for in 2017 when they voted to move California’s presidential primary from June to March 3,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle. “With the early primary Tuesday, the Hawaiian congresswoman is only one of the Democratic presidential hopefuls visiting California in an attempt to grab some of the state’s 415 pledged delegates, the biggest prize of the primary season.”

Needless to say, Tusli will be looking for a huge bump from her day at the beach. And this isn’t the first time she’s waxed up on the campaign trail. In January, she took a dip in the frigid New Hampshire waters ahead of that state’s primary.

While Tulsi’s ability to withstand some of the country’s coldest water is impressive, it doesn’t appear to be having the desired effect on the polls. Gabbard is polling at a mere 1.2% percent in California at the moment, while frontrunner Bernie Sanders sits at nearly 35%. 

And the news is even worse for Gabbard, the forecast in California is calling for a solid northwest and southwest swell to fill in tomorrow (voting day). Will surfers let her down at the polls for the sake of scoring a few sizable corners? Probably. 

The stark reality is that Gabbard has little to no chance of winning, but if she is truly as salty she claims to be, that may not be a bad thing. Whether she drops out of the race or ultimately loses, the end result is that she’ll have more time to spend in the water … any surfer that’s been fired from a job knows that.


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