Upper Trestles — not just the wave you pass on the way to Lowers, but kind of just the wave you pass on the way to Lowers. Photo: Checkwood
San Onofre State Beach has been saved, yet again, from the greedy clutches of evil.
According to their website, the Surfrider Foundation successfully brokered a deal that protects “San Onofre State Beach, the Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy and other critical open space, wildlife habitat and cultural resources in the San Mateo Creek watershed” from potentially wave-threatening road construction for the foreseeable future. This battle has been fought since back in 2005, when the idea of a toll road first came to light. For eleven years, the Surfrider Foundation has helped maintain and restore our beloved San Onofre State Beach and its adjacent surf breaks. For that, we could not be more appreciative.
However, we can’t rest on our Lowers. Despite the Surfrider Foundation’s article title (Trestles Saved Forever!), it would be naive to think that no other problem could arise. Just one month ago, we ran an article explaining how Trestles could be lost to the US Government (it’s their land, we’re just leasing it). This is just one example of something that could happen — one reason why we must not let down our guards. Although we appear to have won the transportation battle, another rapacious investor is sure to arrive with some billion-dollar plan to tread on our lands. But we mustn’t let them because as we know all too well, Tre$tles is a priceless commodity. Where else can you rip like Slater and get out-surfed by preteens in the same session? Nowehere!
The proof is in the cobblestones. Photo: Jimmicane