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