Exclusive Interview: Kelly Slater Wants to Help #SaveTrestles Because...

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News about plans to build a toll road over San Onofre State Beach has outraged environmentalists and surfers who frequent Trestles, one of California’s most rippable waves. Surfrider Foundation reported that the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) has plans to slowly build the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension, a five mile toll road that would go over a huge portion of the San Onofre State Beach and connect with the I-5 near Trestles. This is the same road that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration in 2008 because of its devastating impacts to the environment, San Onofre State Beach and cultural resources.

When it comes to one of the best breaks on the planet, it’s no wonder why some of the best athletes in the world are asking fellow surfers to support the #SaveTrestles campaign. The Surf Channel talked to 11x ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater, while he was competing in Rio de Janeiro to find out how special Trestles is to him, and why the iconic break should be saved. Listen to what the king had to say:

Trestles and San Onofre need at least one hour of your time on June 19th, 2013 to help persuade the Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny the TCA’s permit to build the first “segment” of their toll road.


WHAT: Water Quality Control Board
 Meeting regarding TCA’s permit for first 5 miles of road.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  1:00pm

WHERE: Water Quality Control Board
 Meeting Room: 
9174 Sky Park Court
San Diego, CA 92123

WHY:  To stop the TCA from building the road in segments down to San Onofre/Trestles. Bring your old “Save Trestles” shirts and signs. Surfrider will also provide t-shirts and signs for you!

Lower Trestles with Kelly Slater.
Losing Trestles would mean destruction of one of the most rippable waves in the world. Photo: Surf Channel/ Emily Goodman
“Well, we’ve been through this already with Trestles and it’s pretty frustrating,” Slater told The Surf Channel Editor, Shannon Quirk, in an exclusive interview. “A lot of people spent a lot of time and money to stop any kind of change at Trestles. It’s like an appeal on a court case or something… People are going to keep pushing until they get this thing done.
“It is one of my favorite places in the world,” Slater continued. “I think everyone has great memories at Trestles. We will have to see; maybe there is a way to build… The world runs on money. In the end, we are going to probably have to come to some sort of agreement on how to build it and not affect the beaches and the park there.”
Kelly Slater at Lower Trestles

Slater celebrated his 50th ASP WCT event win at Trestles in 2012. Photo: Surf Channel/ Emily Goodman


Hurley Pro Lower Trestles

Lower Trestles is one of the few World Championship Tour locations that ASP has sanctioned for some of the best athletes in the world. Photo: Surf Channel/ Emily Goodman


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As a college graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Emily enters the world with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a passion for surfing, cultural diversity and serving others.


Kimberley Boege, Yep…….I know his work!!!!

Hmmmm Kimberley Boege, I think I met him at some point. Geeze, small world. I think I know his work.

Kimberley Boege says:

One of the artists I work with has been promoting this cause for years; Kevin Short–he does great work.

Michelle Shannon Adams says:

Rally up to Save Trestles!

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Selma Al-Faqih says:



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