Barack Obama

Will Barack Obama save Trestles?

The environmental group Wildcoast chimed in this morning on the indirect role the next president might play in preventing the highly controversial construction of a toll road through a portion of San Onofre State Beach.

"Surfers everywhere are thrilled that a man who grew up in the global surfing centers of Indonesia and Oahu is to be our next president," Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast, said in a news release. "This victory will have a critical impact on efforts to stop the TCA from placing a private toll road through San Onofre State Beach Park and efforts to preserve the coast worldwide."

Dedina was referring to the Transportation Corridor Agency, which is behind the effort to build the toll road, which critics contend will have an adverse environmental impact and jeopardize the famous Trestles surf breaks.

Wildcoast and other opposing groups, including the Surfrider Foundation, expect Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to grant the TCA approval to build the toll road.

Subsequently, Wildcoast anticipates a lawsuit to be filed by the California Coastal Commission against the Department of Commerce for violating the Coastal Zone Management Act.

"Anti-toll activists are hopeful that a new  Secretary of Commerce appointed by President Obama would kill the toll road project," Dedina said.

He added: "The election of Barack Obama demonstrates to surfers the positive power of being engaged in the political process in an organized and strategic fashion. Like the Obama political campaign, considered by presidential scholars to be the most well organized in American history, the `Save Trestles' campaign is a classic example of solid grassroots organizing, legal advocacy and community building that is a template for future efforts worldwide to save threatened surf spots."

Sure, Wildcoast seized this moment to get its name in the press and remind people that this issue is far from dead. Good for Wildcoast. Erecting a toll road through a state park is a bad idea and would set a frightening precedent. Hopefully, a new administration will indeed help save Trestles.

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation chapters in Oregon are participating in the state’s marine reserve & marine protected area (MPA) process.

The planning effort is being guided by nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties.

On October 1st, the proposal period closed for recommending potential sites for designation in Oregon’s Territorial Sea.

Surfrider members participated in the development of five marine reserve proposals, including nominations off Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, Port Orford, and Pistol River.

The proposed areas incorporate multiple habitat types (e.g., rocky reef, kelp canopy) and are intended to minimize impacts to ocean users.

All proposals received by the state are now subject to several phases of evaluation based on ecological and socioeconomic criteria.

Marine protected areas (MPAs), including fully protected marine reserves, are part of an ecosystem-based approach to management, and have been used around the world to help protect and restore ocean ecosystems.

MPAs function as a safe haven for marine life and provide places where the ocean can rebuild. Scientific research shows that MPAs typically boost the abundance, diversity, and size of marine species living within their borders.


The spot “l’Embarcadere”, located in La Tranche-sur-Mer, almost disappeared. Indeed, in order to help access for sailors, the construction of a breakwater was foreseen and it threatened the spot.

This wave is well-known among all surfers of the Atlantic Coast because of its exceptional quality for beginners thanks to the safety it offers.

The Town Hall of La Tranche-sur-Mer had transferred the request of Maupas Plaisance association to the Maritime Equipment Local Direction for the set up of a break wave. The Local Direction gave an unfavorable response to this request.

The combined actions of Surfrider Foundation Europe, Surf Session magazine and Ocean Surf Report allowed to the mobilization of the public opinion through a petition against this project. This conflict opposed sailors and surfers; the interests at stakes were reviewed and the spot was saved!

Thanks to everyone who was involved in this file with our Keepers of the Coast! Join Surfrider! We need you to be efficient on the field!

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