On Friday, September 13th, the Surfrider Foundation and The Inertia are presenting their short film, “Martin’s 5: Battle For the Beach” at B_Space in Venice, California. Martin’s Beach marks a pristine stretch of shoreline south of Half Moon Bay and Mavericks. For decades the beach was a favorite among local surfers and fisherman.
In 2008, Silicone Valley billionaire and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla purchased the property for a humble sum of $37.5 million. Since then a pretty intimidating gate was installed and guards were hired to prevent trespassing. A jewel of the California coastline was suddenly cut off from the public… a loss few were able to accept.
In California, this is a violation of the law. The Surfrider Foundation filed suit against Martins Beach for violating Article 10 Section 4 of the California Constitution which states, “No individual, partnership, or corporation, claiming or possessing the frontage or tidal lands of a harbor, bay…or other navigable water in this State, shall be permitted to exclude the right of way to such water…”
These cases usually end in the public’s favor due to the Coastal Act of 1976. Unfortunately numerous years are lost in the process and communities are suffering. Watch the battle unfold this Friday from 6pm-10pm in Venice, CA. A silent auction of well-regarded surf photography will take place after the film. Proceeds will benefit Surfrider’s Venice/West LA chapter.
Half Moon Bay is located just five miles from the iconic Martin’s Beach. Photo: Wikimedia