Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Save Trestles at the US Open of Surfing

Volunteers recently set up a booth at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and found lots of support to protect Trestles and San Onofre State Beach from the toll road.

Direct Video Link here

Friday, July 27, 2007


Surfers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts gather to protect California’s 5th most visited State Park from a proposed toll road.

On Saturday June 23, activists gathered at San Onofre State Park to attend an outdoor lecture series to learn about the history of San Onofre State Park and the efforts being done to protect it. Over 75 activists from all over Southern California attended the event. After an inspirational lecture, the activists hiked from the San Mateo Campground to Trestles beach where they conducted a trail and beach clean up. The day ended with a surf session and beach-goers soaking up the sun at the world-class Trestles Beach.

View a slideshow at Flickr

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Air America

Our own Stefanie Sekich was recently on the San Diego Air America affiliate.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Trestles in NYTimes

NY Times covers Trestles and the Toll Road

Last week the best school-aged surfers competed here at Lower Trestles in the National Scholastic Surfing Association Championships. The winners, especially in the open divisions, often go on to distinction as professionals.

But the future of the waves here is less assured. Many surfing enthusiasts have been fighting a plan to build a toll road nearby that could alter the iconic surf break. Some recent events have been encouraging to the surfers.

Work on the road was scheduled to begin in 2008 and expected to cost $875 million, but the project has been pushed back to 2011 because of regulatory hurdles. And in May the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Act that forces the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the group that would build the toll road, to comply with state and federal environmental laws. It had previously been exempt.

Named for the railroad trestles running over San Mateo Creek, the surf spot consists of five point breaks where waves curl over a cobblestone reef. Lower Trestles is the best, with waves that are not overly large, but with well-shaped shoulders, they are ideal for long, fast rides, and aerials and other maneuvers.

“It’s by far the best wave in Southern California,” said Pat O’Connell, a professional surfer who lives in nearby Laguna Beach.

Lots more after the jump